In Total Darkness
For those of you who are curious as to why I missed last Thursday, you have Mother Nature to thank for it. My little part of Oklahoma, along with other areas of the state, were bombarded with storms. Tornadoes did develop as a result of these storms. I believe there were four in the Southern portion of our county. While some native’s homes were destroyed and lives lost, we were lucky to not be in the path of the Tornadoes. However, our electricity took a bit of a hit, leaving us in the dark sometimes. What does one do when the majority of modern convenience is not at your fingertips?
Lighting candles and grabbing flashlights are among the first times you search for after the power goes out. Once you have your guide, a phone call to the electric company is another item to be checked off on the list. But once you’ve done everything you can to expedite the restoration of power and help find comfort for your family then what? We have boarding games, decks of cards, and radios/TVs that run on batteries, but I opted to do a little editing by candlelight. How many of you have tried to edit and/or write by candlelight? It’s not an easy task, especially if you are someone who prefers a computer over pen and paper. With the downtime I had to think, I wondered how many writers these days take themselves offline and off the computer. No program to check spelling and grammar errors. Nothing to help you format your page. No copying and pasting paragraphs or sentences. Just you, a pen/pencil, a sheet of paper, and the ideas swimming in your head.