Solo, Captain of the Guard

Okay.  So I wrote a very lengthy blog post about the “incident” that took the air out of my tires for a good week…and then I sat on it.  Although I think it makes for an interesting and dramatic read, I’ve decided that I don’t want it on my blog…mostly because I don’t think it deserves any more attention and energy than I’ve already given it, and frankly, I’m tired of talking about it.  But I do feel that I owe you guys some sort of explanation for my absence, especially given the fact that I’ve committed to blogging daily here at My Blue Screen.

So here’s what happened in a nutshell:  Friday night before last, I had a peeping Tom.  I used to think that was a funny term, but as it turns out, not so funny.  It was a frightening and unnerving experience, as you may imagine, but now that I’ve gone through all the normal reactions of fear, paranoia, anger, and murderous rage, I think I’m all better. 🙂  At this point, everything that needs to be done has been done.

This incident has clearly demonstrated to me, however, just how important it is to have a good circle of friends and loved ones to lean on, and I am so grateful because I have the best.  My Mom, Dad, and brother Jon are great.  That goes without saying.  My wonderful friend Marian, who was actually with me when it happened, spent two or three sleepless nights (and one very sleepful afternoon 😉 ) at my house to keep me company.  (Thank you, Marian!)  One of my neighbors is on high alert, stalking around my property with a bad attitude and an excuse to bring out his shotgun each morning at 4:30 a.m. before he leaves for work.  Yay, Larry!  All of my other close friends — Jeff, Jim, Danny, Sean, Kellie, Kenia, and Mary — have been there for me whenever I need them.  Thanks, you guys!  Just knowing you guys are there not only makes it easier for me, but for Fat Cat, who is stuck far away and unable to really do much more than worry.

Finally, I must report that the Dogs (capitalization intended and extended forever into the future out of respect for their Greatness), Solo and Dixie, are reassured in their household positions as Guardians of the House Goddess and her Adoring Servant (that would be the Toddler and me) and have enjoyed their new indoor assignments muchly.

But even with all this goodness in my life, I must confess, I’m still pretty pissed off.  The thing that has me pissed off the most is how much time this guy stole from me.  I want it back.  I want it all back.  So I’m taking it back.  I’m rewriting this whole past week like it never happened.  I’m going to write all the blog posts I should have written.  So be on the lookout for links in each daily post for posts written to fill in the days I missed.  Because that’s how I roll…and because, as Marian says, Homey don’t play that.  Just kidding.  (It was hilarious when she said it, but it only makes me feel foolish as I type it, which is why I should leave it in.)

So anyway, that’s what’s been happening around here.  Writing’s going well.  Lots of exciting stuff coming your way.  But right now, I’ve gotta prepare my submission for Ye Olde Third Ninja Omniscient Writers’ Club (and Casino), so in the words of one wise Ninja Colleague, I must away.

Hope everyone’s well and kicking word count ass!  Remember, this month’s dinosaur party is dependent on our word count, which is currently at 17,858 words out of 100,000 (thanks to a recent donation of 2,337 words by the awesome Sparks in Shadow).  I know I have a pretty decent word count accumulated, so I will count that up and update the word widget tomorrow night so we have a clearer understanding how deep the shit we’re standing in is how close we are to 100,000 words!  I wanna play with dry ice, dammit!

Remember, all words, any words — whether they’re an email to your mee-maw or a dirty limerick inspired by your boss, rants and ravings from your journal, or artfully-written grocery lists — I want ’em.  I’ll take whatever you’ve got.

Now I’m off to make more.

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  1. Kathryn McCullough says:

    God, this is tough! It’s okay to take time to recover and regroup and reconsider your place in the world. It’s terribly disorienting to be violated, to say the least. It forces you to look at things in a different way. It the long run, however, your writing will be strengthened by the experience. That’s the good news! Hang in there. We love you out here in the Blogosphere!

    • mybluescreen says:

      Thank you, Kathy. You guys really made me feel much better. I’ve had a few friends who have dealt with break-ins and robberies. I guess I’ve been pretty lucky so far in life because I’ve never really understood what it must have been like for them. I’m not easily scared, but I’ve still pretty paranoid about it. I’ve got good friends though…here and in the blogosphere. Thank you so much. I love you guys too. 🙂

  2. sparksinshadow says:

    I’m sorry about what happened to you. I’m glad that you have friends around you who care and are generous with their time and help. I understand how it feels when such things happen. There were potentially dangerous doings going on around here for months during the year before last, so I really do understand the fear and wanting back all those moments that feel stolen from you. (Do you know Lucinda Williams’ song, “Joy”? I was stomping my feet and singing along to it just last week: “You took my joy and I want it back!!!”)

    I know I can’t do anything to really help, but as for words, I tried to figure out how to count all my comment words and emails and stuff. (I know I’m probably missing some technique here, but all I could think of was to go back to the things I remember, and copy and paste into my Mac Pages so it would count them all up for me!) What I’m trying to say is that I found another 5,493 words for you! I’m keeping the good thought for you. Take care.

    • mybluescreen says:

      Thank you. It means a lot to me, all your kind comments. Truly. I felt really bad that I let so many days go by without posting, but there was just so much going on. I’m going to have to check out that song because it sounds perfect. Maybe I’ll set it up to blast intruders on the porch as part of a booby trap. That would be fun. And hey…thank you for the big chunk of words! Wow!

  3. apparentbook says:

    I’m so sorry, too. Thank God for your family and friends. I wish I could send some sort of virtual protector (or at least an automated sprinkler or blinding emergency light system). Oh, and btw – this last week…lets see… 1900 words. And this week shall be better.

    • mybluescreen says:

      You guys are really awesome. Thank you for all the kind thoughts. If you had a virtual protector to offer, I would take it! But I’ve decided that things will be fine. The dogs have their duty stations now. Anyway, thank you so much. It’s really nice to know I’ve got friend out here in the blogosphere. And more words? You really rock. Thank you. 🙂

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