Back to the Routine (800+ Followers!)

matthew8-1Hurricane Matthew—what a pain in the butt.  Not only did we (wife, baby, cat) evacuate to a different state, but to add to the stress, my sister-in-law was honeymooning on a cruise ship off the coast of Florida during this craziness (she made it home unscathed).

Fortunately, there was no major damage here at my house.  We arrived at 4 a.m. to find lots of downed trees, a few missing shingles, but nothing of considerable note.  The area directly around me wasn’t as lucky so I’m feeling very fortunate right now.  The Berkeley Observer compiled some photos of the damage here in my region.  The photo I placed of the toppled sign, taken by Cameron Scott, is where Heather and I get our sushi.  I checked and the sushi place survived (thank the sushi gods!).

crying boy_universe.jpgNow that I am back home in the comfort of my writing cave/study, I wanted to take a day to get my feet planted with all of you before diving back into the daily routine.  I’m very happy to be home, have a home still, and get back to the grind.

*Corey takes a cleansing breath*

First off, thanks for all of the kind words and emails.  I have a backlog of emails, comments, and posts to reply to.  I will be doing this over the next couple days.  Obviously, this weather event chucked a wrench into the gears of my daily posting goals.  I will note (for my own sanity), that it took an act of God to push me off the rails.

thanksSecondly, I logged in today to find I had passed the 800 follower mark.  Holy smokes!  Talk about a welcome home present from the blogoverse.  Needless to say, I’m humbled by the support I have found here and very thankful.  It’s nice to know so many others are interested in learning about the dark arts of writing and editing.    It’s thrilling to have found this amazing community, and I’m excited to have reached this point.

Thirdly, I know I mentioned last post I would be recycling older posts during this blackout period.  Truth be told, I simply didn’t have the means, ability, or time to get this done.  I do apologize for the brief lapse in posting.

donate.jpgLastly, for those of you who are suffering from the aftermath of the storm, my thoughts are with you.  I’ll be heading out to donate diapers and food to our local relief organizations.  If you are local, I absolutely encourage you to do the same.

Also, if you are in the Charleston SC area and need a helping hand, shoot me an email via my contact page, and I’ll see what I can do.

For the purpose of the blog, I’m putting the storm in the rear-view and moving forward.  As of tomorrow, I’ll be back on track with the daily posting schedule (unless the gods intervene again).  Until then, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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27 responses

  1. I am so glad that you and your family are okay. I held off Tweeting you because I didn’t know if you would receive it. I am looking forward to once again reading your words of wisdom and all that other nonsense that you write. 😉

    Welcome back my friend!

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    • Thanks for the warm welcome and your kind words. I’ve been detached from the cyber world, and it honestly felt a little weird making my rounds today. It might take me a few days to sink back into the routine. I’ve got lots of pages (yours included) to catch up on. That’s a good thing 🙂

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  2. Yikes! I’m so happy that your family and yourself are okay. I’m happy to hear that you’re donating and encouraging others. I’m too far to help out with that.

    Congrats on the 800. That’s like WOW

    Don’t worry on rushing through to getting back to everyone. You still need to do a lot at the house and all. Pet your cat for me.

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    • Thanks for the warm welcome. It looks like my immediate area is recovering nicely, but it might take some time for the surrounding. It was eerie driving home at night because there were so many trees down. While they had been cut away from the road, it was unnatural seeing these giant tree bases butted right up next to the road.

      I’m looking forward to seeing what I’ve missed on your page!

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