Here comes the rain again! They say the storms this weekend will be the worst in twenty years. Already I hear the winds howling and threatening outside. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone impacted by these storms. Especially those who will be out working in it. Those are the real heroes, the ones who keep us safe, keep our electricity flowing, respond to accidents and emergencies.
I'll be spending the weekend tucked away, warm and dry. God willing, with plenty of coffee. The storm should provide a perfect backdrop for a few short stories I've been thinking of writing. My wife will be out coaching her team at the high school track meet, so I'll be mostly distraction free. (ha ha!) She coaches shot and discus. The teens love having her as a coach, and she has already taken a few of them to the state finals!
It's interesting how we've both come to be involved in working with teens. Me with my youth ministry program, though I'm on hiatus for health reasons right now, and her with her 'throwers', as she calls them. We have them over our house every couple of weeks for a team dinner. I love those nights - being able to spend time with people who are in the best years of life.
Don't get me wrong, being retired from the workforce is pretty amazing, too. But there's just something about that age that I absolutely love. Youth, quickly becoming adults, with nothing but potential. They are learning where they fit in eh world, what is most important to them, and who they are. It always gives me hope to see what is possible through their eyes. Makes me feel young again. At least until I wake up the next morning to the aches and pains of a body that could have used a lot more yoga and stretching over the years.
Anyway, back to my random thoughts. Although, I guess anything I write down is pretty much a random thought, really. That's one of the challenges of being a writer. I can't help but let my mind wander, even when it's not the best time for that. It's just that, something will happen, or someone will say something, and boom, I've got a new character in mind, or a new storyline develops. If I could, I'd sit down and start writing right then. But, like I said, it's not always the best time, or even remotely appropriate some times.
But, this weekend, I'm going to have nothing to do and no where to go except into the fantasy worlds my mind dreams up. I'll open a new folder and start posting these short stories for you all to read. Just a word of warning, they will be completely raw. No edits or anything. Just me, a computer, and my imagination. Like doing improv as a comedian, or live television, whatever happens, happens.
Of course, there will be copious amounts of coffee on hand to ensure my fingers can keep up with my brain. And I have a ton of treats around the house to provide the motivation to write. I have to admit, I'm really looking forward to this. I haven't done short stories for some time. Just focused on my novels and blogs. Make sure you follow me on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook as I'll be posting updates on my progress throughout the week. I'd love to interact with you, too, so I'll have some random stuff out there for you to participate with me.
Hopefully the power doesn't go out. Maybe I shouldn't have said that. This storm sure has the potential to bring a blackout. You should hear the wind right now. My wind chimes are going crazy!