Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Waning Moon
Rainy and cold

The brook taunted us all day yesterday. It stayed level with the banks, inched a little bit into a few yards, dropped down a few feet, and came back up. People started moving their cars back into the parking lot and onto the streets, and the cops sent out another Reverse 9-1-1 call stating it was expected to get worse overnight and to keep the cars on higher ground.

I’ve got my car up at the train station (the highest point in town), with police permission (and the sign on the dash that I keep in the glovebox for these events). The cops also entered my plate info into the database — because of the bombings in Moscow and the heightened level of alert here in the NY area, that radiates out to the suburbs, they want to make sure no one thinks my car is a threat because it’s sitting at the station for a few days. The bomb-sniffing dogs will check it out regularly, just to make sure no one else notices it’s just sitting there and tries to take advantage of it.

This morning, the brook was about a foot lower than it was when I moved the car yesterday, but it’s rained for more than 24 hours and is supposed to rain all day today. The town that suffered badly three years ago is starting to have problems, so it’s only a matter of time before it hits us. And the tide’s coming in.

I hate the waiting. When something happens, you can respond, but when you’re just sitting around waiting. . .

Anyway, yesterday I figured out some more structural stuff for POWER OF WORDS. The positive part of writing the last scene of the book out of chronology is that now I have a definite target to which to aim. The negative is that a part of the creative brain now considers Book I done and is thinking about Book 2.

I was worried the power would go out, so I posted some additional exercises early — I’d rather the students got them early than having to scramble — and pushed to catch up on everything as quickly as possible. By the end of the day I’d caught up with what was posted to that point and posted a Plan B, in case we do lose power – in which case, as soon as things recede enough, I’ll pack the computer and head to Greenwich Library and set up shop there. The wireless is great. But, of course, I have to be able to GET there for it to work.

Water’s boiled and bottled, batteries ready, blankets stacked, car on high ground, tub filled with water, so we’re as prepared as we can be. I tweeted about preparations yesterday, and an actor friend texted back, “When the apocalypse comes, I want to be in YOUR compound.”

My morning routine was out of whack because of flood preparations, so it’s taking me awhile to settle. But I’ve got some work to do, and then I’ll hop on and off the workshop to respond to as much as I can for as long as I can.


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  1. Glad it’s holding so far. Good of the cops to be helping out and yet be so security-minded, too. Hope it eases off soon.

  2. Sounds like you’re prepared! Hope it holds though. This storm of yours is certainly making the news.

  3. Such a palaver for this day and age. It shouldn’t be happening, really, should it?

  4. Hi Devon – hope it will be alright .. you sound prepared .. good for you – Hilary

  5. You sound as though you are ready for anything. I hope your preparations are unnecessary.

  6. How are things today? We were in Princeton yesterday and the rain to and from was just awful. I thought of you and hoped the banks were holding it back….

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