Saturday, April 9, 2011

...In Which I Wonder if Life in Oz is Better After All

I was hoping I could channel the events of this past week into something constructive, like writing or editing or something. But apparently I'm not wired that way. Or perhaps my life isn't. Last ROW80 check in, I was just getting over the shock. I was still marvelling over the fact that everyone was alive and the main part of our house was still standing. Now, almost a full week after The Event, the full scope of things is sinking in.

To hell with gratitude. This stinks.

I was really spoiled before The Event. I have my little studio, set away from the house in what used to be a nicely wooded area. I was outside writing when the storm hit. My husband actually charged a tornado to get to me. So when the porch collapsed, he was on it, crushing his shoulder and fracturing his arm in multiple places. I'm convinced this is all my fault. All. My. Fault. And now this wonderful man can't even tie his own shoes. (It was his right arm.) (And please don't tell him I said that.)

I'm forcibly reminded that there is a world outside the one I make up that requires constant tending. Shopping, driving, washing, children, errands. How did I do this without him? And contractors, estimates, insurance agents, the claims department, the adjustor, the neighbors who have part of one (!) tree in their yard and think it's the end of the world, the rest of the neighborhood that wants to tour our back yard, and random people who drive by to tell us how terrible the damage is because we clearly don't know this yet.

Oh well. Whatever. Channeling the positive:
This week's ROW80:
Four writing intensive days (1500 wc) per week or editing a chapter: FAIL
          I think I wrote for two and edited for one. So 3 out of 4. Not terrible.
Blogging: SUCCESS
          Whiny, tornado-laced blogs, but still, they're there.
Book tour/ blog: SUCCESS???
          Lukewarm conversation about Rock Your Kindle and some movement on that front. That's a formal marketing campaign with some touring involved, so I'm counting that.
Read/Review book: SUCCESS!!!
          Read a bunch, as usual. Did a quick review of Kristie Cook's Promise on Goodreads, which I will cross post to Amazon as soon as I can. Also read Tabitha Suzuma's A Note of Madness, which I enjoyed but not as much as Forbidden, and Lauren deStefano's Wither, which is excellent.

Ok, everyone have a great week. Stay motivated although I know I'm a hypocrite for typing that.


  1. had no idea you guys got hit. me & the kids were huddled in the closet under the stairs with our flashlights, water, candles, & bateries. the whole strip mall and apartment complex around the house i live in got levelled to their foundations back in '89, so i tend to take the sirens pretty seriously. very sorry to hear about your studio and daniels arm. Its not so much that you lived that is impressive, but how you both could have died so novelishly - you, writing in the face of the dishes, the shopping, the storm (rock on!) and Daniel, risking his life to save his princess in her wooden tower! sandee will be in huntsville in october - we should get together, talk about the weather.

  2. OMG! I am so sorry to hear about Daniel, although it is a very romantic story. I do think you should catalog it and use it sometime. Did your hot tub suffer damage also? That was a great porch. Should I continue to state the obvious or should I come by and state it in person? I am glad you and the kids are okay. And that the Kindle is safe and sound. I am still loving mine. And I did it. Yes, I did it. I finally finished Atlas Shrugged and it actually was pretty riveting once I got into it. I am now thinking of reading some brain candy as dessert.

  3. sorry to hear about your troubles - what a guy eh rushing out to rescue you - now you really do know his worth (spect you already did) sorry about his arm tho' that you did anything at all is a bonus well done - hope next week is better

  4. @ Michelle- part of why I'm so pissed is that there weren't any sirens!!!! I would never work through sirens! The storm was supposed to be weakening, too. @ Liz The hot tub probably saved D's life. It kept the north wall from completely collapsing. Can't get to it until the adjustor gets here so we don't know if it's damaged, or how badly. You can come for the tour anytime- I wont even charge you admission :) And I heartily approve of brain candy. The new Cassandra Clare is supposed to be good- City of Fallen Angels. I've got it but haven't dug in yet. We should take advantage of that new KIndle lending program, but don't know if COFA's on it.

  5. Oh, thanks Alberta. I wrote this last night when I was feeling whinier. Things look a little better after coffee. A very little. 10%. Maybe another cup will equal another 5%? And keep writing through it! I sense a natural disaster piece in my future.

  6. I don't think you're being whiny at all! Actually your post has inspired me to be a bit more productive...if you can get as much done as you did (in spite of the storm) then what's my excuse? :)

  7. Stacey Wallace BenefielApril 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Well, effing A. Where the hell have I been? Write all the whiny blogs you need to. That just plain sucks.
    Glad everyone is pretty okay. Your poor husband. What a brave guy!

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your unfortunate circumstance, and agree with everyone above-you're not being whiny at all.

  9. Oh, my goodness! You are so lucky Daniel came to save you! (Even if he wasn't as lucky. :-\ ) I'm sorry you have to deal with so much this past week. It's amazing you got any writing done at all! Three out of four days is definitely a success in my book.

  10. I'm so sorry to hear about this! (Yet I still have room to be jealous over your writing space in the woods away from the house.) I hope your husband feels better soon!

  11. I'm so sorry that your husband was hurt, but that was very heroic of him to go through all of that to get to you. What an awesome guy you have there. I hope everything gets straightened out and fixed with a minimum of headaches and frustration.

  12. Nice work on the ROW80 goals Vicki. I know I've been way more productive since starting ROW80 than without it. Good luck in week two.

  13. Thanks, and another update tomorrow! Already?!?

  14. HOLY FLYING COWS?? I mean, porches?? Drooping and being low on fumes is one thing - you are low on everything you are used to being normal!! You are towing quite a lot here - hang in there, and do what you have to do. I'm amazed! Hugs to you, we had no storm damage here, and I feel thankful.

    ER, and, a bit whiny! ;-) Thanks for the reality check and big cheers to you any time you need them.