Hurricane Ida's Passing.
I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you. Your concern for our safety, all the messages of support, offers to help, and information has blown me away. This type of support was never anything I expected or even dreamed of. All of you are simply amazing people and you have no idea how grateful we are for you and your support.
Onto the status report.
Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday, August 29th as a category 4 hurricane. It ripped through the Louisiana coastline leaving devastation in its wake. There are entire communities that are simply gone. Even then it wasn't finished. It slowly tore a path through the state and across the US flooding and destroying homes as it went.
It's been a rough eight days...no power, excessive heat, and difficulties finding fuel. Even so, we were lucky compared to a lot of people. For us it's mean a lot of sleepless nights, a northerly wind caused the fumes for the generator to flood the house - thank goodness for the carbon-monoxide detector.
As I like to say it, we're lucky enough.
Other than the damage, cost, and general aggravation, there is another hiccup. I was/am in the final push of Blighted. It's written, but not ready for the editors. I've got about three weeks worth of work to do to finish the story properly and get it sent to the editors. My apologies as I don't see me hitting an October release date...maybe mid to late November if I'm lucky. Sorry about this. None of us expected a major power grid failure for an entire city.
As soon as I'm able, I'll get back to it. By that I mean, as soon as the power from the grid is back on, I've cleaned up my home - which in my wife's words is totally wrecked, and gotten some rest. It's difficult to focus on the book when my daily priorities include fuel management, food prep, and general safety.
Again, I apologize for the delay, but I think the book as a whole has turned out pretty good so far.