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How I spent my summer vacation

I took this week off work so I could write. I have a stack of unfinished stories, and a nonfiction book proposal to work on. Work has been eating my brain, so I’m not making much progress in the evenings, and weekends have been busy.

The best-laid plans of writers can be trumped by water flowing through the yard…

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…past the front door…

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…and into the basement.

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That was Thursday.

My vacation has been entirely devoted to moving damp things out of the basement, scrubbing up mud, buckets of bleach, and a whole lot of soggy. It’s under control now: the house isn’t going to rot out from under me. There are only a couple of nooks left to deal with. Which is good, because I utterly couldn’t face it today. My back is sore from moving all the things (Nick’s shop: many containers of heavy metal items) and scrubbing everything left over. There are still streaks of silt on the floors, but overall the basement is cleaner and better-smelling than before it flooded.

Doesn’t do much for the writing, though.

I spent today working on other stuff: catching up on neglected email and volunteer duties, back-ups, etc. And loading photos onto the computer so I could blog things. Not the most exciting day, but it didn’t involve a single drop of bleach, so I’m content.