Trees and Writing

This is what happened to us a few weeks back. Driveway and back door to house blocked by tree branches.

Storms bring destruction, like the above, with damage everywhere which has lasting effects. We are in a mess and are still trying to pull ourselves out of this. That is true about everything.

We also need to pull ourselves out of our writing destruction. This is when we get sidetracked. Sidetracked by uncontrollable events, such as storms, technical computer issues and the loss of production time.

I faced a storm, where we lost power for three days (which was better than some in the area where they were out of electricity for about five days). However, I was unable to not only write, charge my phone, cook, clean or basically do much of anything. It is amazing how much you live on those electrical items and do not know that until the lights go out.

Prior to the storm, I had technical computer problems and had been on the phone with technicians off and on all day. My computer backed upped the upgraded new operating system I had done just before the storm. I was lucky there for 15 minutes later the storm with 150 miles winds (as some reported) hit, and we were out of power. However, once electricity returned, another trouble developed and that was the upgrade of the new operating system.

This new system would no longer back up my work after it initially worked. Another call led to another call and still the issue was not resolved. Then my other computer, which had been doing great on that end, would no longer backup as well. All these technical calls and spending days on the phone did not fix the issue. It was so, so frustrating. In addition, this lost valuable time in writing, promoting and all those other activities associated with being an author. Finally, last week, after three weeks of this, it got fixed. Praise God!

Writing, though, is like this. Everything is going along fine. Your writing goals are met. You smile on the progress you made and then disaster happens. This puts you behind the eight ball. What should you do?

Well, you must move on for what else can you do? I am trying to get caught up on weeks of lost production time. So no matter what you face, put your front foot ahead of you and take steps forward. Destruction and disasters come and the best is to look up, say a prayer for strength and set your eyes on finishing your project. God bless.

6 Comments

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the storm. Write in longhand until the power is back on.

  2. I misunderstood. I thought that the power was still out but if you’re still having issues with your computer, you could still write until your computer issue is resolved. Maybe go to a coffee shop with WiFi, although I don’t always trust doing that to do your marketing or your phone, if your service is working.

    If you still have a lot of clean up left to do, write in longhand when you have the time or just chill for a while. It’s hard to write when your life is in a state of chaos. Take care.

    1. Yes, it sure sends you for a loop when something like this happens, but as you say you have to have alternative plans and sometimes it is just relaxing and thinking your story through. God bless.

  3. That was serious damage.

    1. It was and we still are pulling ourselves out of this. We need new roofs and trees need to be cut down/topped or when another storm hits more damage could occur. This is because trees are now lopsided more on one end than the other. God bless.

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