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Here in Southeastern South Dakota, we've had large amounts of rain throughout the Spring and Summer months and, most recently, 10-14 inches of rain in two nights (10 of which came in a few hour span one night at my house resulting in a flooded basement).
The countryside is flooded, roads and bridges are washed out and many people are suffering damaged homes and ruined fields in the heart of the farming communities. The overwhelming devastation is rampant and gut wrenching, and it is difficult to know what to do to help, especially when one is dealing with one's own issues.
As water ebbs and flows, so, too, does much in life. While the impacts are far reaching and more important than my personal problems and writing time/efforts, it has all recently led me to think of it in terms of my writing as well. Ideas ebb and flow; words ebb and flow, stories ebb and flow; edits ebb and flow, etc. As of late, I've ebbed far more than flowed in my writing life given I've been dealing with things on the home front; however, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, so I'm ready for the words and stories to begin to flow once again.
For all of you dealing with floods, tornadoes and/or other natural disasters, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep plugging along, one step at a time, one day at a time. Wishing you more flows and ebbs.