“Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”

On Life: My admiration has just risen exponentially for those living in tornado prone areas. Holy cow, just living with the possibility of a tornado is stressful. Our oldest son is stationed in Columbus, MS which is one hour south of Tupelo, MS, the town that was destroyed by a tornado two nights ago. Watching the storms on the Weather Channel while texting our son since his power was out was crazy. Last night was a rinse and repeat, only with our daughter away at school two hours east of us. Her roommates weren’t in the dorm, so we kept her company through texts as she sat out in the hallway until the sirens turned off.

Early this morning it was our turn. I think I mentioned I was going to renew my WeatherCall service. Just did it yesterday. Best 8 bucks I ever spent, as we actually got a call at 5 am this morning that a radar indicated  tornado was heading our way. Woke everyone up and headed down to the basement until it passed. Wow. Tornado season lasts anywhere from 3 – 6 months depending on what part of the country you’re in. Let me just say that the stress in just the last 3 DAYS has been incredible. It must take a strong person to live with the constant threat like in Tornado Alley. My heart goes out to those whose lives have been torn apart by a tornado. If you’re interested, I donated here:  http://www.redcross.org/. Pretty simple, plus I could schedule a blood donation at the same time.

On Writing: I’m trying to spend just a little time on researching agents, editors and publishers as I prepare for my first RWA conference. We can sign up for one agent and one editor pitch session. So, with research, hopefully I can “Choose wisely, Grasshopper.” After that, I’ll be trying to get all my turning points set in Tynan’s story and maybe some actual writing done while I’ve got one worried eye on the Weather Channel.  Uh, oh. First rumble of thunder. Time to get some work done before things get sporty around here.