Blogs by Donelle M. Knudsen
Finding the Heat
3/6/2011 7:22:56 AM
I take the availability of heat and water for granted.
That's why two weeks ago when we entered our vacation home and discovered we had neither heat nor hot water, I felt disoriented, not just inconvenienced.
It seemed a coincidence that the furnace AND water heater would fail simultaneously. But we soon discovered there was a recent outage and it was possible a power surge was the culprit. Or maybe the units simply broke down due to their age. No matter, it was 45 degrees in the house and we had to find professionals quickly.
Even though the wood stove took the chill off the living room, I was grateful when warm air began to circulate the entire house. It took coordination of finding the right technicians and getting them scheduled so they could diagnose and fix the problem.
This incident reminded me of the writing process. Writing a meaningful short story, poem, or a paragraph for my book is often uncomfortable, disconcerting, and inefficient. First comes the desire, not necessarily the inspiration, to write; then comes clarification: what to write; and finally the act of implementing either pen or keyboard, and getting to work. Unlike our furnace and water heater, I usually need a power surge.
The professionals responded, diagnosed, and set to work and did what I try to do: they were efficient and effective. I watched and learned, and thought, "What's my excuse when I avoid sitting down and putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard?"
When my brain is on ice and I'm disoriented, inspiration-less, I must call in my muse, or just sit down and get to work. At the house, we had heat and hot water within a few hours. I wish it would work that well when I want to update my blog or find the first line of a poem.
So the next time I find excuses NOT to write, I'll think of the cold house and the rapid response by expert technicians. I need to generate my own heat by warming up my fingers and hitting the keyboard.
More Blogs by Donelle M. Knudsen
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A Conference For All - Thursday, May 24, 2012
To Live Well and Prosper - Monday, February 27, 2012
Friends - Monday, January 23, 2012
Dickens of a Writer - Friday, January 13, 2012
So Far, December is Warmer Than Springtime - Thursday, December 29, 2011
Get Ready, Set, Go - Thursday, November 24, 2011
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How Much Will You Invest to Win? - Thursday, November 17, 2011
Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz - Sunday, August 28, 2011
Throw Your Heart At The Sky - Sunday, July 24, 2011
In Memory - Monday, May 30, 2011
Book Signings and More - Sunday, May 15, 2011
Through the Tunnel of Love - Friday, April 29, 2011
Grandparents - Sunday, April 03, 2011
Finding the Heat - Sunday, March 06, 2011
Slivers, Part II - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Slivers - Sunday, December 05, 2010
Where Have All the Hummers Gone? - Saturday, September 18, 2010
Don't Blink - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Color of Love - Friday, June 25, 2010
New Life - Thursday, April 29, 2010
Gray on Grey - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Chrysalis - Wednesday, January 13, 2010
All That Glitters - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Art of Connecting is Alive and Well - Monday, November 16, 2009
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Saying Goodbye to A Friend - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sands of Time - Thursday, June 11, 2009
Take a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes - Thursday, June 04, 2009
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Serendipity - Saturday, March 14, 2009
Looking Forward - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Down Memory Lane - Tuesday, December 09, 2008
What's Important to Me - Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Standard Time Returns - Saturday, November 01, 2008
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Season of Change - Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Life Changing Blessings From Things We Take For Granted - Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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Eureka or That Aha Moment - Tuesday, August 05, 2008
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A Promise to Remember - Thursday, July 31, 2008
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