“Halloooooooo!” says Tigger!
I’ve brought in a Caterpillar D-10
to move my email around after hiring a Caterpillar 797F off-road truck to haul it to my office.
Each wheel, attached to the axle with 47 nuts torqued to 2300 lb.-ft. each, costs $250,000.
Why, oh why, did I ever go on holiday?! Surely not just to visit the Caterpillar Museum in Peoria, Illinois?
No! We went on holiday to capsize a 19 foot Interlake sailboat in the 64 degree F waters of Muscungus Bay, Maine during an around the island boat race:
There IS a reason they call this sailboat a “lake” boat. It’s wicked fast in light winds but knocks over easily in gusts above 20 knots (especially if your young crew is intent on pulling aboard seaweed and squishing it all over themselves instead of manning the jib sheet). I had been soaked from the waist down since we buried the rail earlier in the race so I was suffering from a touch of hypothermia by the time we got to shore (half an hour) and were “rescued” by the race committee boat. The boys were warm, singing and dancing on the foredeck after their initial dousing. My husband has a little more insulation than I. He was fine.
I did read a few good books while away. I just reviewed The Artful Edit by Susan Bell over at Dogpatch Writers Collective.
But now I want to share with you another:
I’ve known about this book for years, but I had never read it. From the start:
“You’ll never be a poet [or fiction writer] until you realize that everything I say today and this quarter is wrong.”
I fell in love. I’ve underlined many phrases in this book, but the one that rings truest for me is this:
“I believe that it is only in periods when you can transcend your competitive instincts that you can write. A sound analogy could be made with hitting a baseball. If you concentrate on beating a particular pitcher, your chances of hitting him [meaning hitting one of his pitches] are not as good as they are if you can ignore him until he disappears and you can concentrate on the ball. “
Many, many other lovely quotes in this book. Some of the “advice” is helpful, most all of it is entertaining. The Triggering Town is a slim volume that can help your writing practice, or at least give you bellies of warm laughs–something to consider when you’ve got hypothermia.
So folks, I’m now doing to make my editor and other writers disappear as I concentrate on my work.