This last Friday, Rochester got hit with a blizzard. Out of the blue. Nobody expected a half a foot of very wet snow, slick streets, power outages, and dangerous travel conditions. It's only October, after all!
I was at the coffee shop when the snow started. I had hoped to capitalize on a great writing day the day before and keep that momentum up. Thursday I'd written a solid 2800 words that I was actually happy with. I no sooner got settled in at Caribou with my Earl Grey and a reduced-fat orange-cranberry scone, when fat flakes started flying down past the windows.
And they didn't stop. Half an hour later, an inch of snow lay on the ground and started sticking on the road. I decided I'd better get home before it really got bad. Just as well. I made a quick stop at the grocery store (along with a lot of other people) and by the time I got home, there had to be at least three inches.
Once home, I thought maybe I'd settle in and try to write some more. But the power went out. And stayed out. For 14+ hours. No lights, no heat, and because we're on a well with an electric pump, no water. Sigh. The family and I built a jigsaw puzzle by candlelight, told stories, played word games, and hung out.
But I didn't get to capitalize on my writing momentum. The unexpected had come in and lingered.
I'm trying to learn to be flexible, and to factor into my plans the unexpected. Things will always come up. Things will always pull at my attention. The trick is, to roll with the punches, and be disciplined when I do have time to write.
How about you? Anything unexpected crop up this week that made you change your writing plans? How did you handle it?
*** Speaking of unexpected, God has brought quite a few unexpected things into my life in the last 24 hrs! My galley proofs for The Marriage Masquerade arrived. Yay! And the proposal I was working on is officially on hold for the moment. Time to focus on getting the galley proofs returned, and then I'll focus on tidying up the storyline for my NaNo novel.***
Oct. 26-30th I’m chatting with CJ all week at http://ponyexpressgraphics.blogspot.com/ Drop on by and check it out.