In case you’re wondering about the photo below, that’s what my writing area looks like at the moment—dark except for an electric lantern. I live off the grid and have a generator for power. My generator has been quite dependable for the past 14 years—I think that’s like 140 in people years—but parts are starting to wear—parts that are no longer available. Yesterday one of those parts gave up the ghost.
I’m grateful to have generator repair guy I can truly depend on—so grateful that I dedicated Maddie Inherits a Cowboy to him. The characters in that book live on generator power and—surprise, surprise—encounter many of the same trials and tribulations I encountered when first embarking on generator life. My generator guy is going to rob parts off from other generators and come to rescue on Sunday. Today is Wednesday. It’s dark.
But don’t get me wrong—I’m not complaining. I’m living like my great grandparents lived in their early lives, only I have better insulation in my house, battery lanterns that don’t soot up the ceiling, a cell phone that I can charge at work and a battery operated computer. Oh, and a wireless internet connection. When I go to work, I don’t have to feed early so that my horses are warm before I leave, I don’t have to harness anything up. I don’t have to put warm bricks in my bed, because I have micro fleece sheets and down comforters. We have it so easy even with the power off, if one considers the norm a hundred plus years ago.
One thing I do notice is that when it’s dark and cold (dipping well below zero every night here) I get sleepy early—like around 6:00. I guess that’s hibernation mode kicking in. I’m not going to bed early, though, because I need to work on proposals and a few novellas I’m kicking around. I’m also researching my westerns, so I have a lot to do. In fact, this lack of power is kind of a blessing, since I’m not tempted to watch Top Chef or The Wire.
Have a Happy Holiday Everyone. I’ll be back in the New Year with some writing goals. Hopefully I'll be writing that post using actual electric light.