Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yes... I am still alive.

This picture pretty much sums up how I've felt for the past two weeks. The week before, that, I didn't write because of a string of interviews for a job.

Didn't get it. No matter.

I just had to take a few breaths, get back to writing and...

Oh yeah. The day of the last interview, me, my gran and my mother returned home to find the power off. My puzzled mom (who had paid the usual amount to our real estate agent) phoned the municipality to find out what happened to our electricity.

She was referred to accounts and was told that the power was cut because of the fact that my mother owed them R12000. Ahem...

That's *cough* six times our monthly consumption.

It's also more than what an average worker earns in a month. About three times as much in fact.

So... two weeks in the dark was spent with me stewing in my own juices.

Still, it was somewhat fun, but by yesterday the novelty of boiling water on a gas stove (which we had waiting around in the kitchen), the silence and the time spent with the family (after sunset we played cards to keep ourselves busy) was gone.

Now I'm back, but the ramifications of those two lost weeks only hit me now. I was supposed to finish a significant portion of my rewrites in that time. I was supposed to start editing Doorways again.

And here I am, staring at the computer because I don't know which one I should focus on first.

Still, I'm glad to be back and more than a little glad to be.

Anything interesting happen while I was gone?


  1. Glad to see you back, Misha. Too bad about your electricity problems. Don't worry, you will soon get back into the writing groove.

  2. Sorry about the job.

    And MAN, what a hassle with the electricity. Did they ever get it all sorted out?

    Whatever the case, welcome back. I hope you sort which MS speaks to you first...

  3. Nothing really interesting happened. At least, I guess that also depends on what is considered interesting. Welcome back...I missed you :)

  4. Crap-o-la about that utility matter. Appears things are righted again...I hope. :-)

    Nothing grand has happened...I think...though you may want to do a bit of hopping around because there are contests and giveaways happening all over the place, like at the League of Extraordinary Writers, Beth Revis, Maria Zannini and Nadja Notariani to name a few.

  5. I noticed your absence just as I was returning, and wondered if it was something I said ;)

    We’d all been left in the dark as to where you were, without once considering that you’d been left in the dark.

    Glad you’re back :)

  6. Welcome back! :)

    I'm sorry to hear about your electricity. That sounds like an awful hassle . . . and for two weeks!

  7. Wow! I hope the electric company got things sorted out. That's ridiculous.

  8. Sorry about your electricity problems, hope they've been fully sorted now. All the best with your rewrites.

  9. Wow - what a way to spend a couple of weeks. Sorry it was all so stressful, but glad to see you back up and at it.

    Hope you get your rewriting groove back quickly!

  10. Well, that's SA admin for you. (Especially Eskom)

    Anyway, welcome back.

  11. Ooh, that sucks! We've had two major windstorms that each knocked out our power for about 15 hours at a time, and we don't have running water b/c of a well problem, but…no electricity for two weeks! No internet! I might have gone into withdrawals. O_o Lucky you survived at all! Glad to have you back. =)

  12. Glad you're back and survived without power.It's always about power, isn't it? I become a wigged out maniac with I lose it.

  13. I can't believe you had no juice for two weeks. I get nervous when it goes out for two hours because of a storm.
    You're strong you'll get back to speed real soon.
    Best of luck to you.

  14. Oh no! I'm sorry your power was cut, did you ever find out why they said you owed so much?

    Glad to see you back, though. And sometimes a two week break for the simple things in life can be a good boost for writing. Good luck with edits!

  15. I haven't written since NaNo ended, so...nope, nothing happening on my end.


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