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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Ice, Electricity, Refugees, and 9,000 Words

Ice, Electricity, Refugees, and 9,000 Words

Most of our community was without power, but thank heavens
the local Asian fusion place with the awesome sushi
had electricity! Phew!

Last week was my spring break. And a little bit of my summer.

We lost all but 0.75 of a workday, which was Tuesday, I think. (It’s kind of a blur.) Monday was a snow day. Tuesday was a late opening. Wednesday was lost to the ice storm — with the resulting catastrophic power outages closing school on Thursday and Friday. In Chester County, Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening, PECO was reporting 282,000 customers out of 300,00 without power.

But not us. I don’t know how we escaped, but our house never lost power. Maybe it’s because I have weather gods in this WIP, and they wanted me to finish this darn book. But we had power, and I had my laptop, and there was no school.

I wrote almost 9k words and finally made it through the climax of the story. A climax with a clunky, cluttered narrative — but I did it! Once written, it can always be fixed. Then, over the weekend, I wrote more, putting me within two chapters of completing this draft.

My mother-in-law escaped the power outage, too, and my sister-in-law’s house was restored on the first day. My parents’ house was without power until Saturday morning, but they were in Aruba on vacation until Saturday, so that worked out pretty good for them. (Except for the food they lost in their freezer.)

However, we had friends who were in the cold and dark. When I discovered via texts that they were sitting in their car to warm up on Wednesday afternoon, I invited them over for dinner. My husband and I suggested they stay with us until their power came back — which ended up being Saturday. We joked about having a household full of refugees, and when the Benjamin Franklin quote came up: “Fish and visitors smell in three days” — they decided to bring an offering of raw fish for dinner. Yay for sushi!

So now our spring break in April is gone, along with a few days in June.

But did I mention I wrote my climax? *dances around in joy* And if tonight really brings 14 more inches of snow, as predicted, I’ll finish the whole book by this weekend.

In other news, Leandra Wallace won an ARC of THE EIGHTH DAY from Goodreads after she’d already received one from HarperCollins for review. So she’s giving the extra one away! Visit her blog for a chance to win!  There’s also another Goodreads giveaway for ARCs. The chances are probably better at Leandra’s, but you never know!

So, what happens on Grunsday if it’s snowing at midnight on Wednesday and into Thursday? Evangeline gets to see snowflakes, that’s what. The Eighth Day, Chapter 13.

14 Responses to Ice, Electricity, Refugees, and 9,000 Words

  1. Yay! So glad you finished it. You’re right. Once you have something on paper, you can fix it. Sorry you lost all your vacation days at school, though.

  2. Awesome you made so much progress. That’s one way to stick your nose up at all this snow. LOL

    LUV your new avatar!

  3. Linda G. says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of words. And the climax, too? Awesome!

    We’re waiting for the next winter storm to hit–supposed to get 7 to 10 inches tonight into tomorrow. Ugh. Can’t say I’m looking forward to it. I am so ready for spring this year!

  4. Tiana Smith says:

    Yay πŸ™‚ Congrats on writing the climax πŸ™‚

  5. Steven says:

    Way to take advantage of the situation! My climax was awful the first time around, which is why we revise, a lot πŸ™‚

  6. Congrats Dianne… That’s fantastic. So happy you got through your fighting sequence and are almost finished! YAY!

    Also glad you made it through the storm unnamed and electrified. lol.

    Posted my review of The Eighth Day on Goodreads… if you haven’t seen it yet.

    Keep writing. I’m on my last fifty in rewrites. Just got through my climatic scene. Ugg. So intense. I can’t wait to finish this and move on.

  7. Hi, Dianne! So glad you were able to get some writing done. So sorry that you’ve already had to use up your spring break. : ( I hope you don’t wind up getting 14 more inches of snow! We don’t want anymore. We are running out of places to put it! I’m so ready for spring!

  8. Robin says:

    Wow. The weather gods were watching over you. I am so happy that you made it through that difficult part. I am right there now in my own WiP and it is driving me crazy. Well crazier.

    I commented on your comment on my blog. I don’t know if what I said helps remotely. Or even makes sense. But, I wanted to let you know that I did respond…

  9. Goodness. Leandra should enter the lottery! When we were in upstate NY, right on Lake Ontario, the power went out ALL the time–snow storms, ice storms, snow storms…did I mention snow storms? It was great being on the same grid as the police station–first one to get power restored. =)

  10. J E Oneil says:

    9K! Well, that’s a productive storm. I’m glad you didn’t lose power. It’s so no fun not to have power during a blizzard.

  11. Hi Dianne .. sounds like there’s a rainbow at the end of the snowstorm – yet this new snow storm sounds rather all encompassing .. hope the power stays on once again, and how lovely to have great neighbours … glad you helped them out.

    All the best under that blanket of white .. and yea to finishing and tidying up the latest book .. cheers Hilary

  12. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne! wow! im sure glad you and your family are safe and didnt lose power. its soooo cool that you helped out your friends. youre the best!! im glad you got a lotta writing done. hope i can be you cp again. πŸ™‚ i went to miss leandras blog so i could try to win a arc. but if i lose for sure im buying it.
    …hugs from lenny

  13. mshatch says:

    That’s the lovely thing about writing – lots of do-overs πŸ™‚

  14. Tess Grant says:

    9000 words! Amazing. But the best part is you finished that draft two days after this. What a great feeling. Congrats!