October 12, 2010

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

You know how it is. Writing transports you to another place, you lose track of what's going on in the real world. Yesterday, there was a fire at the local airport, about a mile away. I'd opened all the windows early in the day, then retreated to my den to write, loaded my CD player, and turned on my essential oil diffuser (rosemary oil sharpens the mind, they say).

When I emerged from the imaginary world of my MG fantasy, the sun was hidden behind a cloud of foul smoke and my house reeked. I closed windows, turned on ceiling and exhaust fans, rubbed mentholatum under my nose, but the damage was done. Had to stay up late to let in fresh air and got up early to rinse off my poor, wind-whipped, dusty plants. Fortunately, there's a fair breeze today so the odor should be completely gone by nightfall.

Lesson learned? Butt-in-chair is well and good, but life needs your attention, too.

In other news: I usually post on Tuesdays only, but this week I'm participating in my first blogfest, hosted by Elle Strauss (scroll down right side for info). I'll be putting up my first 250 words on Friday. Hope you have a chance to stop by and share your thoughts.


  1. Was that a fire at the airport? I thought it was my dinner burning. Don't cook and write at the same time is what I found out the hard way.

    I will have to get some rosemary oil and see if it helps me to think better; I certainly need it!

  2. Yikes! I'm glad the fire didn't get any closer! It's tough to 'surface' sometimes, isn't it? :)

  3. Glad you're okay. Hmm, the rosemary oil thing sounds intriguing. May have to try that!

  4. Given the October temps in the area, I'm not surprised there was smoke. :)

    Looking forward to reading your inaugural blogfest entry!

  5. Stephanie: Oooh, nice avatar!
    I wouldn't dare try to cook and write at the same time; I've burned pans making hummingbird nectar that I set to boil and then neglected.

    Jemi: Yes, especially when you're deep in revisions.

    Lydia: At the very least, it makes the room smell wonderful!

    VR: Thanks. I'm trying not to stress too much about putting that much of my work online.


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