I intended to do a lot more since my last post, and I promise I'm working on the novel, but in the middle of all that... my home flooded.
We recently moved to a new place and while we've learned it's not so protected against water. First it was leaking windows during a particularly hard monsoon rain. We stopped that up with towels. Then... we found out our apartment is at the bottom of a gradient. At the bottom of a hill. In a walled off section. When the rain got really bad, it started flooding in beneath the doors. We have a front and back door and this meant it rushed in from both sides.
Fortunately I was awake at 4am when it started. But that meant my wife taking off two days from work after we just spent a LOT of money in our move. And then it meant spending a lot of money on equipment to remove all that water. Since then, our landlord has provided some sandbags, but we don't feel particularly secure. I've lost a lot of sleep watching weather reports change by the hour.
You know what I absolutely hate? The iPhone's weather app has dynamic backgrounds that depict the weather outside. So while I'm huddled up at 3am in the living room with a shop vac at the ready, everytime I check the app to see how long the storm will rage, I get treated to lightning and rain on my screen. I hate that. So. Very. Much.
But we're okay. I lost a pillow that someone dear gave to me a long time ago, but beyond that, we didn't suffer any real losses. We had to clean for days and I have zero confidence when I go to sleep. I have to check the weather report constantly. (Did you know it can change from hour to hour? So that message that said it would let up around 2am can suddenly swap to 5am?) I've lost peace of mind. At least until our landlord finds a way to help prevent the next flood.
Oh, and by the way, the windows keep leaking. So... there's that.
But all this has given me a good excuse to put off my weekly League games with my friends, so I've turned all my attention to my book once more. I have some big plans in store. We're almost done reworking the book once more and when that's done, I have several special projects waiting. I'm excited. I'm anxious about the weather, but I'm excited for the future. I think this can still be done.
With that, I'm out.
- Be Excellent to Each Other
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.