I have had fair success at getting words on the current WIP flowing. Not all of those words are kept, mind you. But then that is the nature of a first draft.
“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”Joyce Carol Oates
Committed to writing a certain amount on my novel in progress every day, I have decided to pretend this forced vacating of my home is a writer’s retreat. This fantasy would probably be easier to maintain if I had not brought my family, including our new puppy, along with me.
Tip #1 Don’t bring your kids or a puppy.
There are also the constant interruptions of new information about the home repairs which tend to get me sidetracked. The ongoing saga is a twisted version of a never ending story, reminding me of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
Along the way to the discovery of where the moisture is coming from we found no leaks, but we did find out the home has what was referred to as “the pipe of the future” otherwise known as polybutylene pipe. This particular kind of pipe is no longer used because it is destined to fail. Check your pipes, peeps.
During the new water line installation, I was informed the hot water heater has been leaking. No word on the water damage from that yet.
After numerous consultations, it has been determined that the constant water collecting under the sinks is probably from condensation. This may be due to the vapor barrier being compromised when a neighbor’s dog got under the home. Or it could be because of improper site prep. They are working on it.
Tip #2 Leave your home problems at home and don’t answer calls.
Other issues will be dealt with as the summer progresses. The good news is, no mold in the walls as far as we can tell with mold kits and this handy snaking camera.
Tip # 3 Don’t give up writing no matter what.
“Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.” Red Smith
Meanwhile, I will keep busy scribbling away on the book when I’m not enjoying myself poolside here at my writing retreat.
Tip #4 Don’t forget to find JOY in the journey.
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