#Harvey,#Writing: On Writing and Harvey

This morning’s post will be short and sweet. Like many people around the country, especially here in Texas, my thoughts and prayers have been with all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The images coming out of the Houston area, as well as Louisiana, have driven home how truly minor so many of the problems we tend to complain about really are. That includes the occasional whining this author makes about her evil muse. The writing happens, whether it is what I want it to be about or not. I have a roof over my head and I can — and have — made contributions to the relief effort.

On the writing front, the expanded version of Vengeance from Ashes is almost finished. Unless something jumps out at me today, the final count of new chapters will rest at four. There have been some new scenes included as well. I haven’t done a final word count, but my guess today is that it will come in somewhere between 15,000 – 20,000 additional words. These additions don’t change the plot of the book — or the series — any. They do, however, add to the story and, I hope, make it better.

Hopefully, I’ll be sending the new version out to my beta readers this weekend.

On the Hurricane Harvey front, Harvey continues to wreak havoc on the country. There is the potential for flooding today going all the way up to Ohio. The Houston area continues to suffer flooding and other issues related to having too much water in too small an area. We are also starting to feel the related problems such a natural catastrophe can wreak on the rest of the state and country. Gas prices in the DFW area have jumped $0.20 or more per gallon. Some gas stations have already run out of fuel while others find their supplies being  rationed by the corporate offices.

As an example, the Quiktrip I usually patronize, especially if it is before dawn (this lot is very well lit), ran out of gas last night. The store I went to this morning was down to approximately 700 gallons and the lines were starting at most of the pumps. It won’t be long before it, too, is out of gas and they don’t know when they will get a new supply.

But higher gas prices aren’t the only new development on the Hurricane Harvey front. The Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby suffered several explosions today. A crew had been left to monitor the plant but they had to be evacuated as the floodwaters rose. While the chemicals involved aren’t toxic, at least that is the last report I heard, they are irritants and some several people, including first responders, had been transported for treatment

There have been other, less serious ways, Hurricane Harvey has impacted the state. The preseason football game between the Cowboys and the Houston Texans has been canceled. The Texans had already been practicing in Frisco because they were unable to return home to Houston. The game had been moved here as well because of Harvey. However, when they got word yesterday (iirc) they could finally get home, the decision was an easy one for all involved. The game was cancelled so the team could finally be with their families and see what they were dealing with. I will say,

We have, as a friend said a few moments ago, an interconnected economy. That means the impact of Harvey is going to be felt in many ways — beef prices because of the number of cattle killed in the flooding, prices of foods made of various grains grown in Texas, prices of items that come into the Port of Houston (and other impacted ports) that have either been lost in the storm or couldn’t come ashore. The list goes on.

We will recover but it will take time. It will also take patience and understanding. Most of all, it will take hard work. So this morning, I’m saying an extra prayer that calm heads prevail and Mother Nature decides to give us a break for awhile.

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  1. Orvan Taurus
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Uh.. “While the chemicals involved aren’t toxic, at least that is the last report I heard, they are toxic and..” I think there was a mis-something there.

    • Posted August 31, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      I agree– plus you don’t know what kinds of bacterial microbes that are floating on that water. I would be very very careful.

      • Posted August 31, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink

        Hell, I’d be worrying about all the various chemicals, not just from the plant but from all the vehicles that were flooded out, etc. Think about all the service stations, mechanics, businesses, etc., that have had their various fuels and chemicals spilled into the flood waters. Then there’s the sewage. Shudder. Now add all the insects and snakes and other creepy crawlies and it is my worst nightmare. Or at least one of them.

    • Posted August 31, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Gah, this is what I get for writing a post after only a couple of hours of sleep. Edited. It should read “they are irritants”. Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. Posted August 31, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I’ve been watching Harvey as well. I’ve been proud of the response by the people in the surrounding areas.

    • Posted August 31, 2017 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      Not just the surrounding areas. I saw a story on a group from Florida, formed by a rapper (iirc), who came down with the jet skis to help with the rescue effort. Fort Worth has sent something like 60 police officers down so the Houston area officers could have time to go home and check on their families. The little city I live in sent a swift water rescue team down — and I didn’t even know we had one. The state, as well as the nation, has been rallying around those impacted by Harvey. I’m proud of all of them.

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