Taking A Break from WritingPosted: January 29, 2011
You know, I suppose, that I’ve not posted anything here for quite a while. That’s because I needed to take a break from writing. Part of that decision was wanting to take a new look at what I was writing and make some improvements. The other part was because the breaks of life kept happening, including our house becoming flooded.
All that water was such a surprise. It was a bright sunshiny day, no rain, and I was multi-tasking by washing clothes while finishing up a nearly due article manuscript. After I got to the end of the article, proofread it and sent it to my editor, I got up and walked through to the other part of the house — straight into soggy wet carpeting and floors covered with water.
My husband came in from outdoors about the same time after finishing some yard work and he was as startled as I to see all that water. It covered the living room, dining room, kitchen, hall and master bedroom and closet — most of the house, in fact, except for two bedrooms and a bath. Quite an accomplishment for one small washing machine.
Seems that the control for the on/off function failed and did not shut off the water at the end of the washing cycle. And so water poured out for quite some time. We tried to get the water out of the house — with very little success, so I phoned our insurance agent. Their assessment folks and repair people arrived at the house in less than half an hour. They used machines to get rid of the water; they also pulled up our carpeting and our hardwood flooring, since all that was ruined.
Little did we know that it would take five weeks before the carpeting and hardwood would be replaced and the painting finished. If you’ve ever had flooding, you know how inconvenient that was.
It was also the perfect time, I felt, for my break from writing. We had wall-to-wall concrete floors with 7 large (and loud) industrial fans blowing over the wet areas 24 hours a day, and later an almost constant stream of workers coming in to reposition fans, measure, consult, fill out forms, and finally to begin reinstalling carpeting and flooring.
With all that going on, being away from writing seemed strange at first but I got used to it after a while. Now with the house all repaired, I’m turning on the computer again and writing. I hope my break from writing will lead to many more (and better) articles.
It’s good to be back!
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