Daily Writing Inspiration AND Providing Hurricane Sandy Relief

Today's Smash365 creativity prompt, SPRINT, provides a quick tip to writers who are working on their November novels for NaNoWriMo. More importantly, it also includes a special offer that helps the families and animals who have been affected directly by Hurricane Sandy. My creativity partner over at Smash365, Cara, has created 50,000 Words Or Bust, … Continue reading Daily Writing Inspiration AND Providing Hurricane Sandy Relief

Three Reasons I Am Concerned About Schools Opening On Time Tomorrow

I could sense it all afternoon. The chatter on the radio and television stations was strong from our local officials and civil leaders: We are in control; it wasn't as bad as we thought; we were prepared; we are returning to normal. And "returning to normal" included school systems returning to a regular schedule on … Continue reading Three Reasons I Am Concerned About Schools Opening On Time Tomorrow

Experiencing Sandy’s Imminent Landfall: 10/29/12 @1822

It's just before 6 p.m., and the lights just won't stop flickering. About 30 minutes ago, one of the generators in my neighborhood exploded, and our lights went with it -- for just a second. They came back on, but I don't have any confidence that they will stay on for too much longer. In … Continue reading Experiencing Sandy’s Imminent Landfall: 10/29/12 @1822

Update #8: 10/29/12, @1312: Romancing The Storm

 "THIS WILL BE A DEADLY STORM. IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG 24-36 HOURS." Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley  The magnitude of this storm continues to overwhelm me. The images are staggering, but my heart breaks when I see what is happening to our Ocean City. The two pictures below, one released by the OC Tourism … Continue reading Update #8: 10/29/12, @1312: Romancing The Storm

Update #7: 10/29/12 @0700: Romancing The Storm

 "HISTORIC, DESTRUCTIVE, LIFE-THREATENING." Bernie Rayno, Meteorologist, AccuWeather.com (photo: Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun) 6:22 a.m. - We still have power, as does nearly every other family in Central Maryland. BGE is reporting less than 500 outages, but we all know that we are still in the "calm before the storm" phase of this monster weather event. … Continue reading Update #7: 10/29/12 @0700: Romancing The Storm

Update #6: 10/28/12 @2009: Romancing The Storm

Statement From President Obama: TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. "So my main message to everybody involved is that we have to take this seriously.  The federal government is working effectively with the state and local governments.  It’s going to be very important that populations in all the impacted states take this seriously, listen to your state and … Continue reading Update #6: 10/28/12 @2009: Romancing The Storm

Update #5: 10/28/12 @1400: Romancing The Storm

"This Is A Serious Killer Storm." Governor Martin O'Malley Current Conditions/What To Expect (From The Weather Channel) The winds are definitely picking up now at 14 mph, gusting to 21 mph. By 4 p.m., we should see light rain throughout the entire area. Rain will continue to increase over the next 24 hours. Temperatures will … Continue reading Update #5: 10/28/12 @1400: Romancing The Storm