Wednesday, November 27, 2013
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LIFE INTERVENES?
Fate has recently decided to intervene in my life to the point where my personal muse is simply sitting exhausted in the corner with a perplexed look on its face, wondering how in the world to get my attention in order to inspire me to write. First of all, my husband recently had to have shoulder surgery and before he was completely recovered, I had to have arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn medial meniscus. There are 15 steps in the flight of stairs that stood between me and our office and the computers for a week or two. But that wasn't to be the end of life deciding to step into my world and complicate it.
On Sunday the 17th, my daughter called to tell me that there had been an explosion in a silver mine eight miles up the mountain from town and that my 23-year-old grandson, Kyle, had been injured and was in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. Kyle is both a hard-rock miner and a fireman and is my son's son. My book "We Are Different Now" was written after I lost my oldest grandson, Pete, (son of my daughter) to a 100-foot fall from a mountain ledge in the pitch black of night on this very same road at Mile Marker #3. So, as you can imagine, my world was completely upside down until I received a call from my daughter-in-law, several hours later, to tell me that Kyle was being released from the hospital and they were heading home. Kyle had been unconscious twice from carbon monoxide poisoning. Unfortunately, two of his comrades lost their lives in this accident and 22 men were injured. There are heroic stories to be told about this event, but that's for another time.
As soon as that accident ended for our amazing first responders, there was an avalanche that trapped two people who were lucky enough to self rescue. And on the very heels of that fiasco, a 60-year-old man died in a restaurant on Main Street.
But fate was not yet finished cavorting with our little Colorado mountain town. On Thursday of that same week, early in the morning, we received a reverse 911 call, which was rather frantic with the land line and both our cell phones all ringing at the same time. A local 23-year-old woman, beautiful, sweet and tremendously talented, had been missing since 1:30 p.m. the previous day and the search was on. Unfortunately, her body was soon discovered were she had, apparently, fallen while hiking alone. Her mother is getting ready to bury a daughter for the second time in a couple of years, which has to be an agony that borders on unbearable.
So, my question is this. What do you do when life intervenes and your mind is so busy that you cannot think of anything to write, nor do you have much time or the privacy in which to do so and writing is what you do? The marketing of my book, for the most part, simply had to go on hold. I'd really enjoy hearing your thoughts on this subject because I know that I'm not the only one that has had this experience. So, I'd love it if you'd leave a comment and tell me what you think.
"We Are Different Now" by Jackie Taylor Zortman is available on www.Amazon.com, www.BN.com and www.shopOTPbooks.com. She is also a contributing author to "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides".