Monday started off with a bang. The bang was the sound of an SUV plowing into the side of my car at speed. I saw it speed up too late and hit the gas to take the impact behind me instead of on my door. The seatbelt held me firm; over thirty five years of faithfully clicking that on finally paid off. I walked away from this one, but not right away.

The side of the car was shattered and I was covered with broken glass. I cleaned myself off as best I could and phoned home to let K know I had been hit, but I believed myself to be okay. I waited for the firemen to show up and when they did they put me in a C. collar.

The ambulance arrived a moment later. The Jaws of Life were used to open my car door then I was placed on a backboard and strapped in. I’m a big girl and it took a few of the lads to get me out of the car. Anyway, as any good writer would, on the ride to the hospital I pitched my book to the Paramedic riding with me. I gave her my card and everything.

There was quite a back up at the emergency ward and I spent a long while on the backboard before they came to check me out. How did I spend my time? Why mentally composing my blog post and working on my WIP, of course.

Eventually it was my turn. They got me off the board, poked and prodded for a while, asked me silly questions to which I gave silly answers. Finally they pronounced me fit to go. I marched happily out of the building to see K just pulling up in the truck.  I’m a bit stiff and sore, but nothing really; I’ve been in worse shape from wrestling with the dogs.

As I always say, “Some days it is better to be lucky than good.” Monday was just such a day. The thing that is most humbling about this whole experience is the compassion of the people who saw it happen and took charge of the situation until the professionals arrived, the professionals themselves, and especially the wonderful friends I have on the internet.

You hear people say, “I have hundreds of friends on the internet.” You know what? I do. The compassion and concern shown for me by you wonderful people is both uplifting and humbling. I swear I will do all in my power to be worthy of such loving friendships. You folks are so amazing; I love you all.
ROW80 Check-in.
Since I have published Hunter this round, I have only one main writing goal left. In this round I want to get my current WIP as close to 40K words as possible.
Progress: I didn’t get much done here since my last check-in. I will try harder the rest of the week.

Thanks for dropping by folks. If you’ve got the time, could you hit the *like* button on this page for me? 
Thanks so much.

47 thoughts on “T-Boned”

  1. ChristineChristine

    Oh My God. How lucky were you? Did your airbag deploy?

    I'm laughing out loud at 'I pitched my book to the paramedic and gave her my card.'

    Sending you a BIG HUG and take care of yourself. Dodged a bullet this time, honey.

    Have liked the page, lol!

  2. Ginger CalemGinger Calem

    I'm so grateful that you are okay!!! My goodness! Love that you pitched your book to the paramedic. That's awesome. Rest up now!

  3. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    So glad you are ok. I've been in two accidents which weren't my fault. One a head on collision and it usually took a few days to feel the full impact of the accident so be sure to take it easy and take good care of yourself.
    LOVE that you pitched your book to the paramedics. LOL! Awesomeness…

  4. Morgan DragonwillowMorgan Dragonwillow

    Prudence, you honestly are one of my favorite people online and I am so glad that you are okay.

    Yes as Indie writers (not there yet but plan to be soon!) we have to plug our book to everyone because no one else is going to do it. It shows how well you took the accident that you had the right frame of mind to do so.

    I went to your page, liked and tagged. May many enjoy the pages to tell others of it's wonderful read!

    A hot tub may do you wonders or just a good soak with Epson salts. In about four or five days seeing a good massage therapist would have you feeling good as new. (If I lived near you I would do it myself.)

    Very glad you are alright. Big Hugs.

    Peace to you,

  5. Kat EllisKat Ellis

    So glad you're ok!! Gah, sounds terrifying, but at least you came out of it in one piece. 🙂

  6. CoraCora

    What quick reflexes to step on the gas and get the car forward enough so you weren't hit right on. Some angel watching over you. Glad you are okay and sounds like you're healing okay and spirits are up. Glad it wasn't worse-heal up.

  7. Judythe MorganJudythe Morgan

    What an experience to go through. So glad you could "walk away." Amazing how we writers do dual-process in situations like yours. Hope you've journaled all those feelings that swirled around to use in your next book.

  8. Morgan DragonwillowMorgan Dragonwillow

    Wish I could even though I am not sure where up is. Glad to know you both are Reiki Masters that helps a lot. I am currently busy trying to finish my MS that will hopefully be my first book published.

    When did you start writing; you have so many published. I hear that being a prolific writer is the best way to make a decent living at it. I am 48 and getting a bit of a late start.

    Glad to know you are in good hands. 😀


  9. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    So glad you're okay! You made me smile at the book sale, and the blogging in your head while waiting in the ER. 🙂 What else is a writer to do?
    Take care Prudence!

  10. Jennette Marie PowellJennette Marie Powell

    I was thinking about you since I saw Charis' post on Facebook. So glad to hear you're OK! And LOL at pitching the books and composing blog posts en route to the hospital – a true writer!

  11. charismaloycharismaloy

    Slacking off a bit since you last check in huh? I suppose you think you can use this little adventure as an excuse? Mmmmm Hmmmm. Not buying it. You just felt lazy, probably sat around knitting…

    Glad you weren't seriously damaged, sweetie. Woulda really torn me up if you were. As for the sales pitch? You just saw an opportunity to flirt with a pretty girl. The sales were icing on the cake. 😉

  12. Tia BachTia Bach

    OMG! I saw this picture on the FB ROW80 page. So glad you are okay. Wow. I love that the writer in you still managed to get word out about your book. Awesome!

  13. Linda AdamsLinda Adams

    Owie! Take it easy for the next few days!

  14. Kristy K. JamesKristy K. James

    Wow, Prudence… It's great that you got a blog post out of this, but make it a once-in-a-lifetime thing, huh? 🙂 Good thinking on your part to step on the gas pedal. Too many people would have frozen up…and maybe not walked away. Glad you're on the mend! Hugs. 🙂

  15. shannon espositoshannon esposito

    What a quick thinker you were, stepping on the gas! So glad you're okay. Maybe an opportunity will come up in one of your books where you need to know what's its like to be in an accident, you know the sound of the metal crunching, the smell, etc. Things you can only know through experience. Making lemonade out of lemons 🙂

  16. Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen SchmidtPatricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt

    Gracious, that was quite the hit! The jaws of life!! Holy cow!

    I'm glad you were able to pitch your book though. When life gives you lemons . . .

    So glad you're okay, Prudence. Valkyrie Rising wouldn't be the same without you. Well, it probably wouldn't even be – period – so you're gonna have to stick around for a good long while!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  17. Patricia CavigliaPatricia Caviglia

    That picture scares me. I didn't know that anyone could walk away from that and I'm so glad you did.

    I must say that I like your style and dedication. After such a traumatic event, wouldn't everyone compose a blog post while waiting in emerge? LOL! Good for you.

  18. Shah WhartonShah Wharton

    I am so glad you came out of this unscathed. You have a great attitude to the whole thing too. I have been involved in a couple of car accidents (and I don't even drive?) – the one before the last I recieved multiple skull fractures and severer whip-lash. My mum hurt her knee, the other passengers received minor whip lash. The car was old and the seat belt broke (unclipped) in the back. I have a large scar down the front of my forehead, my memory is awful and I know I'll never drive now, but it could have been so much worse. We have to be grateful for any mercy life throws our way in these circumstances. I'm not religious, so I thanks luck or fate or whatever else it might have been.

    So glad you are fighting fit and still focussed on writing goals rather than this potentially awful moment. Hope you get that car sorted without too much financial issue. (Can you get the driver to pay?) X

  19. Grinelda MarkowitzGrinelda Markowitz

    this article popped up in my bloger list and i just had to stop in. you've walked away from a tremendous experience which could have been all kinds of ugly. you know, of course, more than anyone how true that is. thank you for sharing this experience.

  20. Tami ClaytonTami Clayton

    So glad you're ok! Car accidents are such scary things. Quick thinking on your part to speed up like you did. Hope your soreness goes away soon.

  21. Beth CampBeth Camp

    How amazing that you had the presence of mind to speed up since that other car was headed right toward you! The photo makes it all real. And in a moment, everything changes. Good on you for remaining composed — and for thinking about your writing. I believe that somehow this experience will wind up in your stories, but the best outcome is that you are well. Stay well. Keep writing!

  22. debrakristidebrakristi

    This whole thing is amazing. You really do have a great attitude about the event that took place. I love your positive outlook. I'm so happy you walked away like you did. You're a lucky woman. I laughed when you said you pitched your book to the paramedic, but hey! why not? 😀 {{Hugs}}

    September 4, 2012
  23. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    Goodness gracious! I'm glad you're okay. That car certainly took a hit. Take care of yourself. Our car got rear-ended this summer, and I was sore for a few weeks.

    September 12, 2012

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