As I posted a while back, we had a house fire back at the end of January. Reconstruction has been unbelievably slow, thanks to some less-than-helpful contractors. But having said all that, things are looking up. The electric wiring and the sheetrock texture both finished today, which were big steps. Much of the remaining work is going to be done by yours truly, and his son. In fact, we’ve been knocking some of those things out, piece by piece, and the house is almost livable.
This has been an exhausting experience – physically and mentally – but I have come out of it with a new appreciation for just how complex a modern home is. It is not just a matter of tying hammering nails into the right spots (though that certainly helps) but of planning things out and making sure all of the systems are working in together harmony. A single mistake can undo days of work as you have to tear things out to make up for it.
What does any of this have to do with writing? Nothing, other than give me a semi-valid excuse for why I haven’t gotten much new writing done this month.
I did get a whole slew of short story submissions out this month and besides 2013, this makes my best short story submission year (by number submitted) since 2009. So that’s something.