We went about sixty hours without electricity. It was about twenty degrees for a good bit of that time.

And you know what?

We were still pampered compared to most of the world.

No, I’m not going to go on some earnest rant about how much we take things for granted because, well, you know that already, right? You know how foolish I’ve felt about inwardly bemoaning the initial inconvenience of not having hot water or having to buy a generator and then fretting electrical cords and other new menaces during the night. So I’ll spare you all of that. Or at least most of that.

Selfie from Last Night
Selfie from Last Night

What I will say is how bizarre the confluence was between our power outage and the book I was finishing.

Stephen King’s Under the Dome.

Folks, I’ll blog about this one soon, but for now I’ll just say…nothing. I really will save it for later.

One more thing: Did you know that the audio version of SAVAGE SPECIES is, as we speak, in the process of a serial release via the fantastic company Audio Realms? The first installment (NIGHT TERRORS) is available now.

Listen to the terror...
Listen to the terror…

Gotta go now. Be safe. And warm.

4 thoughts on “Powerlessness

  1. All work and no play makes Jonathan a dull boy. All work and no…okay, I’ll stop! Glad to hear you all got through that a-okay! If its any consolation, down here in central Florida, back in 2004, we went through the horrible hurricane summer (and part of early autumn) where we had three hurricanes in as many months…and some us had no power for a week or more. Ssssssucked! But in 20 degrees? Sheesh!


    1. See, that’s exactly what I’m talking about. Some folks go a week without power. Some folks go a week without power or running water. Heck, some folks never have power or running water.

      So…yeah, I’m not going to complain about our “plight.” 🙂


  2. Went through some of the same stuff last year when Hurricane Sandy hit NY/NJ. No electric, heat, stove, etc for 15 days. Then it snowed after 7 days and got cold. Our only saving grace was there was a lot of down trees for wood for the fireplace. Just surviving was like a full time occupation. However it was a blip compared to what is happening in the Phillipines.


    1. Wow. Sandy’s another one of those disasters that makes sixty hours without power look like a stubbed toe. Without any blood. I can’t imagine how difficult your ordeal would have been. And as you alluded to…the situation in the Philippines is beyond imagining. Just horrible.


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