August 24, 2011

Scary Earthquakes and Other Random Things

Holy Toledo, there was an earthquake in DC yesterday! 

My friend Lynn and I were at the mall when it happened. We were standing outside of Panera, chattering away about books and writing, and then the walls started trembling. The ceiling too. Everybody froze. 

It was over in about ten seconds, but Lynn and I just stood there, mouths gaping open. Was that an earthquake? Then, all hell broke loose. A huge swarm of people---about a hundred or so---sprinted down the wide hallway and out the front doors. It was like a scene out of a disaster movie. The words "Don't panic!" had been tossed aside from everyone's vocabulary. 

Well, whaddaya expect? We're a bunch of East Coasters who have no freaking clue about what to do in an earthquake! I mean, we handle tornadoes and hurricanes every year but we turn into panicky lemurs at the rumble of a quake. We haven't been prepared for these situations! Do we stand underneath a doorway? Hide in the bathtub? Curl up into a ball and cry for mommy? 

I think that latter option sounds best, don't you? :)

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In other news, I have Revision Brain, which is a condition where my brain volleys between extreme excitement over my edits and extreme despair over my abilities as a writer. I'm an emotional yo-yo!

Whenever I hit a down peak, I busy myself with learning how to use a Photoshop-like program called Pixlr. (It's free!) Yesterday, I thought it'd be fun to take some of my favorite writing quotes and make them into art pieces that I could use in my future office. Which probably won't be for a long while. *Sigh* But it's fun to dream!

Right now, I'm totally feeling Nathaniel Hawthorne's quote. "Easy reading is damn hard writing." How true! Hopefully, after I finish these revisions, my book will be easy to read. I can only hope!


  1. Thanks for holding my hand yesterday. earthquake buddy! So scary--and now it feels unreal, like did we really have an earthquake in DC?? crazy times ...

    I love those quote art pieces! Wouldn't they look great as the back of a business card?

  2. "Easy reading is damn hard writing."
    Yes. Yes. Yes. That is brilliant and 110% true.

    So glad you are OK after the quake. Scary stuff.

  3. What a brilliant quote!

    And the earthquake sounds scary - I've never been in one either.

  4. I'm glad you're okay through the quake!

    And that quote? Is simply brilliant.

  5. Wow those quotes look really lovely. I especially like how you framed the Stephen King quote.

  6. Oh my goodness I was here too! In my office building and were like, "Uh, should we leave?" Duh! Lol! But now we look back and smile about it. Heck, laugh at it.

  7. That was so crazy that there was an earthquake in DC! When I lived in Mexico we used to get tremors all the time and I never felt them :) Glad you are okay.

    That's so funny you've been using pixlr - me too! - but yours are much nice :)

  8. BTW Caroline I've given you an award :-)

  9. Hi Caroline,

    I'm loving the quote art ;) Great way to decorate your office.

    And I know what you mean about the earthquake. We're east coasters. We're not supposed to get those. Now hurricanes, we know what to do with. Hope you're ready for Irene. Stay safe! I'm trying not to get caught up in the panic - gas lines, water flying off the shelves, batteries sold out. Ugh!