Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s noon here in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Currently, the temperature outside is 83˚F (28˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 82% and the wind blowing from the east southeast at 14 MPH (22 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 92˚F (33˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 87˚F (30˚C).
As difficult as it sometimes is to be living where I do now, I consider myself fortunate that I don’t live in my old townhouse in the Miami area anymore. As you probably know, a hurricane/tropical storm named Eta passed through the Florida Keys this weekend, and although my former house was not in the storm’s path, the rain and wind bands that swirl around tropical cyclones dumped a lot of rain in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties before Eta headed out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Again, even though my life here in New Hometown is not as happy as it was when I first moved here, at least I live in a house that (a) was far away from Eta and (b) is in better condition to withstand at least a Category 1 or even 2 hurricane simply because it is newer and not in need of major repairs and/or renovations. Plus I have people around me much of the time, so if a storm hits our area, I don’t have to weather it on my own or worry about unwelcome visits from my older half-sister Vicky.
In other news, I have not made much progress with NaNoWriMo 2020. I didn’t work on the manuscript for The Tonic of Their Victory yesterday, nor did I add anything to the work-in-progress the day before. I have 5,000 words (rounded off to the nearest hundred) so far, but I have no idea on how to write a decent action scene, and thus far I’ve avoided writing any dialogue-heavy chapters. Ugh. And if there is one thing that I do know about writing fiction, I can’t write a historical novel set in 1944 France and not have (a) action scenes or (b) chapters with well-written and relevant-to-the-story dialogue.
I will, of course, try to get some writing done this afternoon, but I think I’ll take a break from sitting at my desk for at least one hour. I woke up – again – before 5 AM so I’m tired and my brain feels like it is swaddled in cotton. I don’t take naps, and it’s much too hot and humid to go out for a walk, but I can grab a book, find a good reading spot in a room that isn’t this one, and read for a while. So…yeah…that sounds more appealing than sitting here trying to force the words out.
And with that, Dear Reader, I think I’ll end this brief post. I hope you are well, and that you will stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to others. So long, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things!