Hurricane Irma is finally pounding Florida. After a week of wondering where it would make landfall, it finally decided to clobber the Gulf Coast side of the state. Unfortunately, a lot of folks left the east coast and went west because the initial estimates showed the storm would head north sooner, right up the coastline.

Nature, it seems, can be a stubborn minx.

My oldest daughter moved there last month. This will be her first hurricane. She's on the east coast, so hopefully the storm surge and winds will not damage her place. I don't even have her new address yet. Then there's my sister, who lives right in the Tampa Bay area where Irma will directly hit with the major winds of her eyewall. She did get out to stay with one of my nieces, but her husband's job wouldn't let him go. Hopefully he is in a safe spot and their place doesn't get thrashed. They had a couple of ducks that would waddle over for breakfast daily. With any luck they got the message and flew off to Kansas.

I'm working on distracting myself from the constant news coverage. It isn't easy. I already baked another two cherry cheesecakes and a Bavarian cream pie. That's really bad for me because I'm diabetic.

I went online to read and vote on some nodes like YOUR HEAD A SPLODE. Then I started writing some more, but I don't want to flood the "new writeups" nodelet

Sigh...

My MFA classes are winding down for the quarter, only a week and a few days left. I'm enjoying them, and it looks like I'll get all A's. Nice start for me. I just signed another contract for a drabble I wrote for my flash fiction class. It will be appearing on Trembling With Fear (website and anthology). They also asked if I'd be interested in an interview, so I said yes. Every bit helps when you're a full-time writer.

If you're in Florida, stay safe. If you're not, stay safe anyway.

The roads are shit out our area, because, well, frankly --- I hate to say this.... but, we're packed with Floridians. They brought congestion, like our roads aren't bad enough, but also their shitty driving. I counted six near-collisions with people just changing lanes as I was cutting hair. 

It turns out that Irma is headed STRAIGHT for Atlanta. It'll be a tropical depression by the time it hits us: 45-55mph winds and tons of rain, but nothing near hurricane velocity. Hasn't stopped people from literally clearing the shelves out of water, even though there's near-zero chance of our water supplies getting cut off. The electricity, mind you, yes.

Bit of a kerfuffle at church. The God is for people contingent, including yours truly and a fiery little firebrand you don't wish to screw with - has managed to cross swords with one of the senior clerics, who asked a homeless woman to leave two weeks ago, though she wasn't doing anyone any harm. Forgive me for thinking of a church as a place of refuge and sanctuary, not a place that excludes the poor because it might upset a wealthy Hyancith Bucket you need to tap for donations to the upcoming antique show.

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