WIP-it Wednesday: November 1st, 2017


Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read!

Alright, this is going to be a quick one! On Sunday Night into Monday morning, we had a huge wind storm hit Maine with up to 70 miles-per-hour gusts along with 3-ish inches of rain. Almost 400,000 people (about a quarter of the state’s population) were without power immediately thereafter.

A dead tree in our back yard snapped in half and fell towards our home. But it fell in the one place in that direction where it didn’t hit anything: a narrow strip between our back porch, an outer shed, and the house. In the end, we only had some minor damage in the form of rain leaks on our covered front porch and some roof fairing being blown off.

We didn’t lose power, but our internet went down for all of Monday and wasn’t back until 9 pm Tuesday night. Again we were fortunate compared to many. My wife and I also just so happened to have taken Monday and Tuesday off, in part to (ironically) get caught-up on online stuff like finishing my author’s site… the one thing we were prevented from doing. In fact, the spotty cellular connections created an inability to get online that’s caused me to get behind on even my normal blogging routine.

Therefore, some things will be different or pushed-out this week. In addition to this abbreviated WIP-it Wednesday, there will be no Throwback Thursday this week and my Mid-Week Muses will run that day instead. Next week everything should get back to normal.

I did however, and despite a lack of internet, keep my word to publish a Halloween short story called “Harvest” (link is to story). It’s not The Shadow of the Black Tower as I’d hoped to post. Instead, this story’s inspiration hit me only a few days ago, and aside from a few hundred words I wrote and edited it all on Monday and Halloween itself. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I hope you take a peek and like it. It’s much more humor than horror.

Our pumpkins this year!

Formatting and posting its 3,300 words with my smartphone on a spotty cellular connection was a special kind of hell. It amounted to several hours of my life sacrificed to keep my promise… but it was well worth it, even if my internet was restored only a few hours later. ;-)

Alright, time for me to stop blogging and get back to writing some more fiction! cleaning up storm damage! Take care!

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  1. Glad you survived! Phones are not my writing technology of choice. While we were vacationing a month ago I had to use my phone. But after a night of it my brother handed me his new tablet with keyboard and said, “Use this, because I’m in pain watching you edit.” It was so much better.

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    1. To be fair, I wrote and edited the piece on my offline-at-the-time laptop and then transferred the document to my phone via a USB cable to upload it via the cell network. But putting it into the WordPress app was not a simple copy/paste. I had to do it all in chunks and lost all the formatting… like paragraph returns. ;-) Putting all that back in took forever!

      But it could have been a lot worse.

      Your brother sounds super nice to do that for you! My brother once stuck me in a clothes dryer. :-/

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