Power Failure and an Old Time Writer

The time is 3:30 a.m., Saturday morning, and I am writing this by the light of a flickering candle. We had a savage winter storm that knocked out our electricity some time ago. Fortunately, the wood burning stove we installed last autumn is doing its job wonderfully. The house is toasty warm and we have had hot food. Life is good.

Kathy, Charis, and the dogs are all sleeping peacefully, but I got up to tend the fire. As I sit here writing by the light of a candle I feel so Charles Dickensish. I am surprisingly awake so I am writing this post to be transferred to the computer when the power returns.

So, what actually happens to a writerโ€™s mind when it has gone too long without input from the modern world? Why, it begins to devise story lines of course. New ideas flow like waters through a burst flood gate. I am scrambling to make notes to inspire new directions and things to explore.
Hi folks, I wrote that in the dead of night. I was actually having fun, however, I wasnโ€™t getting any real work done. It is time for the ROW80 confession.
1.      Write 10,000 words per week. (Barely made 4500. Today begins a new week.)
2.      Read 10,000 words per week. (Yep, managed this one.)
3.      Edit ten pages of a completed MS. (Big zero on this one. Bummer.)
4.      Feature a new author every Friday. (We were powered down Friday. Will have someone new for you this Friday.)
5.      Read and comment on 10 blogs per week. (Only managed about half this one. Sigh)
Folks, if you are an author and want to be featured on this blog, just drop me a line here:  prudymac@gmail.com
So thatโ€™s how and why I disappeared last week. Please tell me you had a more productive week than I did. J

12 thoughts on “Power Failure and an Old Time Writer

  1. Since this is posted, your power must be back on. Congrats on surviving the storm, and for making such productive use of your time!

  2. No, Prudence, I cannot tell you that I had a more productive week than you did! Even though you didn't hit "your goals" you ended up accomplishing way more than me.
    And you've given me an idea: I think I will try that Writing By Candlelight approach…

  3. Understandable that you didn't get much blog reading or commenting done without power for part of the week! That's one gotcha we never count on, though it could happen any time. I'd say you did well to get done what you did. Here's hoping this week's a more productive one for you!

  4. Hey Prudence… Oh I'd have loved that cosiness while stuck in Seattle awaiting standby flights a couple days ago. I've done nothing ROW80ish yet having just arrived from holidays, so well done to you for your achievements. You have set yourself some pretty huge goals there, writing 10k a week for example. Best of luck for the week ahead. X

  5. Uh, those wood stoves come in handy, don't they Prudence? We used to have one made out of soapstone when we lived in the mountains. It kept our entire house warm. And you can cook on them too. But when the power goes out, how grateful we are for those precious things like heat and food. Glad you guys are okay and snuggled in for the winter. Stay warm! ๐Ÿ™‚

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