Here’s Something I’d Hope to Never Experience Again, But Did…

How has you week been? This one’s been wild so far for me, especially considering the weather.

According to the news today, last Monday something like 6 or 8 tornadoes touched down in the part of Illinois where I am–including one in the town we’re several miles north of.

Which led to another round with a flooded basement. This time I have pictures, though. I tried to upload the clearest one (which shows water around the water heater/furnace area), but my tech is not cooperating. Taking shots from the basement stairs probably wasn’t the best idea for clarity with my pictures, either.

The writer in me was glad I got a second chance to get some pictures, but every other part of me was bummed about the other four-plus inches of water in the basement.

On the bright side, we didn’t get anything but rain and lightning where we were (and a power outage during a storm–the kind of outage that makes sense). That outage was about six hours, or so. To the candles and flashlights! All in all, just wetness, and some downed branches (some of which are pretty huge).

In a place called Coal City, they got walloped by the storm though. To the point of having houses torn apart in some cases. I’m thankful that no one was killed, though. Possessions can always be replaced. People can’t.

For some reason, I’ve been veering away from the advice/useful info posts. Maybe it’s all this weird weather. I don’t know. I did get exercise outside yesterday clearing branches. That’s important for me, because that means I don’t have my eyeballs glued to my computer. Personally, I think that’s more of a modern problem, but it’s not only with writers, but anyone who uses a computer as part of their day-to-day at work. There’s useful info. Get outside! I’m ashamed to say there are days that I don’t, which is why I’m telling myself to get out, at the same time I’m telling you.

Fresh air is healthy. And it’s good to be reminded of simple basics (THERE’S the idea for this post, and I’m practically near the end).

All right. Things like having compelling characters readers can be friends with, or having email subject lines that get opened, with stories that connect with your (or a client’s) prospective customers/clients.

All the deep-down stuff is important too, but without the basics, you’re building a sand castle instead of a skyscraper.

There’s something we can all take forward, even if we already know it.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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