When Sandy came, she wasn't welcome. Last week, we here on the East Coast got slammed by Hurricane Sandy. The meteorologists chose to be specific and call her a Superstorm instead of a Hurricane. Semantics. She was a bitch. We only lost power for a couple of days, but I was on deadline. This week, it was a tenacious Nor'easter (which I resent for dropping the 'th' and trying to sound like a Southern friend.) Stocking up on fresh water, batteries and flashlights are a given. But there are five things a writer should have so there will be little to no interruption in service.
- Fully charged laptop battery: When you hear the storm's a coming, plug in.
- Notepad and pen or pencil: Every writer has a few of these hanging around in briefcases, purses and cars (you do, don't you?). Gather them together. They'll huddle in a reliable paper enclave awaiting your words.
- Battery-operated voice recorder: As you walk around your dark house, checking for leaks, you can dictate the next big scene. Just don't make it: "It was a dark and stormy night."
- Flashdrive: Back up your work before the laptop battery dies. A library or church may come back on power before your house does and you can do there to recharge or to download to a loaner computer.
- A candle: Of course, you should have a flashlight. Yet, there is something romantic and writerly about transcribing by candlelight.
A bonus supply would be a view of the outside. Nature has interfered with your plans, but you may become bitter if you don't acknowledge her intrinsic beauty. Now write.