Thursday, June 4, 2009

What The Hail?

So last night I went to bed at about 11:30. Usually I'm like a light switch - I close my eyes and I'm out. However, since I was still keyed up mentally from writing and submitting, it took me nearly 20 minutes to fall asleep. Then about 12:48 AM...WHAM (and with apologies to Mercedes, there was no murder)!!! I awoke to a sudden downpour of rain and hail that came out of nowhere. The weather man had said there was the possibility of some showers, but he failed to mention apocalypse-sized thunder storms. Not only was there pounding rain and hail, but the lightning was nearly non stop, illuminating the house like a scene from a horror flick. Now, having been all over the damn place (see all those red states in that map in Tuesday's post) I know that such storms are quite normal for many parts of the country, but here it is exceedingly rare, so it was kind of cool...until I tried to go back to sleep and the infernal racket kept me awake til 2:00 AM. I hope tonight there is not a repeat performance. Having grown up here in CA where it rains in the summer about once every 20 years, it just seems plain unnatural for water to be falling from the sky any time between May 15th and September 30th.

Finally worked on my Vermin story some, though I spent more time plotting it out in my head than actual typing. Also began work on a new fantasy piece set in an old AD&D campaign world I created years ago, but never really got to use. I'm wishing all the documentation and notes for it were still around, but all of that went poof in January's hard drive crash. I guess I have to build that world from scratch again.


Benjamin Solah said...

I love and hate the rain at the same time, usually depending on whether I have to get up early the next morning.

Do you count plotting in your head as working on a story?

Maybe if I did that I could claim having written much more.

Natalie L. Sin said...

We had one of those storms in Missouri recently, tore the shit out of a bunch of trees!

Jamie Eyberg said...

Iowa has been remarkably quiet this year. We have had rain, some real gully washers, but no severe weather. Kind of disappointing.

Good luck on the vermin story. I have been playing with mine for over a month now.

Horror Girl said...

oh yeah i was going to write a vermin story...

K.C. Shaw said...

I love rain and storms, but hail is a little bit too much. Fortunately we don't get hail here very often.

Geez, I missed your Tuesday post! I'm going back to read it now.

Catherine J Gardner said...

We get the nice, small, doesn't break the windows kind of hail over here. I saw a documentary recently where the hail in Kansas was baseball size. *Shiver*.

Maybe the world's shifting on its axis (or whatever it does) and California is the new Kansas, and maybe (crossing my fingers) England will become the new California.

Anonymous said...

WHAM! No Murder??

I am so supremely jealous. I miss weather. I'm tired of neon and dust and dusty, neoned girls slithering around poles.

I hear you on your rejections, too. Yesterday I received two novel query rejections, and this morning I had three magazine rejections. Being a writer sure keeps you humble, yeah?