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Okay, not quite powerless. If you didn’t see my post from yesterday, we lost power to half our house on Monday when a fuse blew in our outside electrical box(not sure if there’s another name for it). Pretty much all the power on one side of the house went out. Refrigerator and our pellet stove still work at least, and we moved our router and modem to the side with power so we have internet again. My husband tried replacing the fuse, but that didn’t work so we need to get a whole new box. We have a guy coming out today to do that, so we should have full power again sometime today. I’ve said it before, but sometimes I really like living in a small town where my husband knows pretty much everyone(and if he hadn’t, my brother-in-law’s an electrician and he probably would have come out to do it, but he doesn’t live in our town so I don’t know if he’d be able to get out here so soon). We even have someone letting us borrow a generator so we can keep running our pellet stove while they’re changing the box and waiting for it to be reconnected.

So, I’ve been stressing about that this week. Some people probably wouldn’t think I was stressed by looking at me because I tend to draw in when I’m stressed/upset instead of lashing out. So, I think I’ll share a happy snippet for this week’s WiPPet. I was going to share another bit of East of Abilene, but I think I’ll share some of what I wrote for Flames of Renewal this morning. This one takes place about 6(ish) months after Flames of Redemption and is Kayla’s uncle’s story. In this scene, Kayla and her uncle are talking about her making an adjustment from fighting fires to investigating them.

“That’s what Adrian said too. You sure you two aren’t related?”

James laughed at that. “Pretty sure. Were you two fighting about this?”

“We were discussing it.” She rubbed a hand over her mouth. “In very loud voices.”

James laughed again. “I swear you two would argue about the color of the sky.”

She cocked her head to one side. “Have you been eavesdropping on our breakfast conversation?”

Kayla and Adrian do like to argue. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for my RoW80 progress, things have been a little slower this week. I have no power at my desk, so I’ve been charging my computer at the dining room table(and moving my coffee maker there) and bringing it to the couch to work until it needs charged again, or handwriting words. I seem to struggle when I’m not in my corner of the living room though. This morning was better though. I wrote almost as much this morning as I did the last two days combined. And I still have 1 more WiP to work on or half an hour.

  • Slow Revenge: Work on as I get chapters back – I have through Chapter 4 edited. Waiting for more chapters.
  • Stained Snow: Start editing(if I get back from CP) – don’t have this back yet
  • Work 2.5 hours on each of 3 WiPs – I’ve worked a total of 4/7.5 hours this week. Doing pretty good there. I’ve added 3524 words so far this week. 2007 on Chasing the Ghost, 1277 on Flames of Renewal, and 232 on Guarding the Heart(which I haven’t worked on yet today).
  • Reading: Finish The Teacherโ€™s Vet, Forged(Jennifer Rush), Dark Witch(Nora Roberts), & Frosted(Wendy Sparrow) I finished The Teacher’s Vet Sunday night, read Forged on Monday(it was short), finished Dark Witch last night, and started Frosted this morning.
  • Knitting: Finish lapghan – finished this on Monday
  • Crochet: 45 minute cowl – Plan on starting this today.

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Still Powerless" (15)

  1. Ha! I can relate–I like to argue too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yikes. I hope your power is fully restored soon. I understand that feeling. During the derecho a couple years ago, the power in my apartment went out for an entire week during 95-100 degree weather. Thankfully, a co-worker who was going out of town offered to let us house-sit for him until it came back on. Good thing you have a pellet stove; my parents have one and it keeps things nice and toasty.

    I’m amazed that you’re able to juggle three WIPs at once. Not sure I could do that. If I started out with three, I’d probably get so focused on one that I would forget about the others for a while. But it sounds like you are doing really well! Congrats!

    Take care, Fallon!

    • We got full power again yesterday afternoon. First thing I did: wash all the dishes that had stacked up. Then had to rewash the two loads of laundry I’d started Monday morning.

      I had 2 of these wips plotted out then set them aside to work on something else. I’m taking this month to play with all three. Next month I’m going to focus on whichever I’m furthest along on or most eager about, which I’m thinking may be the same ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks!

  3. I’m glad to hear you have some power and heat! Hope that you get the rest of the power restored soon.

  4. yup…so this is just a creepy coincidence I’m sure…but I be Adrian and my MC of my first series is named James…so I’m twitching on this side of the computer trying to get my head around this.

    I do love the excerpt though! having people to be able to argue with like that is one of my goals in life, because they are the best!

  5. My parents have an old fusebox outside their house like the one you’re describing on your home. I can’t count on hands and feet the number of times I had to go outside in rain or cold to screw in a new fuse because we didn’t have any electricity in the downstairs of the house (and we all took turns on that job).

    Glad you’ve got it fixed now, Fallon. It must be nice to have those niggly chores done (I don’t know about you, but if the dishes get too high, I must do them; I’m made my son late for school before because I couldn’t stand seeing the full sink.)

    And glad you’ve got your corner of the livingroom back. We all have our “needs”. Like Kayla and Adrian need to quibble…loudly. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I can mostly ignore the undone chores, but we were just about out of spoons. Of course, since the stove/oven were on the fuse that blew, we were eating mostly cereal and sandwiches. So, not too many dishes. It is nice to actually be able to cook again(never thought I would say that. hah)

  6. Glad to hear you are no longer powerless. It’s amazing, at least to me, how much we take for granted. Suddenly when the power goes out there are a whole list of things that can no longer be done.

    Ah, the art of the argument. One of my brothers and I are like that. It’s all good natured, for the most part, but we can certainly go at it just about anything.

    • yes, and even though the pellet stove was still going, it was cold in the house because the ceiling fan in the living room was out, and it helps circulate the heat from the stove. Don’t realize how much having that on actually helps. So, even though there were chores I could have done, I didn’t because I just wanted to sit under the blanket to stay warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Their arguing is mostly good-natured(now) too. Keeps things interesting for them. And there’s always making up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. This made me giggle a little, as it has been said that my mother and grandmother would argue about the colour of the sky if allowed. So I know what it’s like to have a pair like that about!

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