Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hot summer nights are overrated

"I was really hoping for a break, but instead, everything broke." - my husband last night

I don't know why, but it's starting to make me laugh.

Let's see... the AC went out just when summer kicked in.

Last night we discovered that someone used our credit card to buy $147.50 worth of products on itunes. Said credit card has been canceled- ten day wait for our new debit/credit card :(

And, just to top it off, this morning I find that my e-mail account has been hacked. A different one this time, and the hacker was a commercial. At least the police didn't show up at my house to see if I really was stuck in Europe somewhere like they did last time.

And just for fun, let's look at how this relates to the world of writing. Oh yeah, it sounds exactly like writing. Whether we're talking about obstacles for characters in your book or the obstacles you face in publishing, this is all sounding very familiar.

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and it seems like so many bad things have happened that you really don't know how this character can go on? Well, I see it a lot. In fact, that is what makes books (or movies) so good. It's when they've painted themselves into the proverbial corner that I have to know how they get out.

In the writing industry, the same feelings of failure can apply. I know, there are the exceptions. I like to think of them as just that. Exceptions to the rule. But for a great number of people, rejection and disappointment is a part of the process that can't be avoided.

In those books and movies the main character does find a way out of the problem. Writers who don't give up will too.

It might not fix the air conditioning in the middle of July, but slushies and popsicles have never tasted so good.


TisforTonya said...

ugh - our debit card was recently used (6 times in the space of about 3 minutes) in the Macy's in San Francisco... to the tune of around a grand... unfortunately for them I didn't have anywhere near a grand left for them to spend...

It's all sorted out now, but still... an annoying mess to have to wait on a new card.

and now I'm really craving a popsicle for some reason...

Laura said...

Oh man. I'm just glad we caught it when we did.

Totally have a popsicle. You deserve it!

M.A.D. said...

I'm with you. Here we are in triple digits heat index and one of two window units goes out. And just to think, in a few short months we will be up to our eyeballs in snow, ice and below zero temps.


You guys save a popsicle for me :D

Natalie said...

That sounds AWFUL! I'm so sorry. When it rains, it pours. Take care.

LouMac said...

Wow! I know how you feel. Our furnace went out and the next few nights were in the -20s... Not too fun! I hope everything clears up soon. You'll be the character where it all works out in the end, right? :D (I sure hope so)

Laura said...

You're right, it's so much better to be out of AC than heat. And better yet, we've had a cooler night so our house finally dropped below the 80's.

And yes, I'll get out of my proverbial corner yet!

Synergy Girl said...

Some people make lemoneade out of lemons...you make slushies out of crap...and that makes you awesome...!!! Love you.