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Friday, July 29, 2011

Stupid Water

Two weeks ago, we had a torentual rain. It was like our house had been on fire, and to save us, Superman had taken the top from a water tower and dumped it on our house. But then we got water in our basement. So thanks, but no thanks, Superman, you douche. Batman would've just put out the fire with his fists.

We didn't get a ton of water in our house. Maybe an inch, and only in really in the parts of our basement that don't have carpet. So it's not too bad. But my office in the basement, and my office has carpet.

 Pretty much immediately after we got water in the basement, I had a party, and I had friends staying with us, and then we left for Comic-con. So we did not get a chance to properly dry the carpet.

So now my office smells like musty stinky death. Eric claims it doesn't stink, but I'm starting to not trust his nose.

At any rate - I'm totally neurotic about writing. Like hardcore. Everything has to be just so and just right, and I'm having a hell of time not working in my office. But I don't want to work in my smelly office either.

We picked out new flooring today, and it's a fake wood laminate, which will actually work better for rolling the chairs around. But it probably won't get installed for awhile.

Which means that either I have to learn to deal with writing in the musty office or learn to write somewhere else. And I have to learn to deal with it fast, because I have a ton of work to do. Like a totally completely impossibly obscene amount of work.

So I'll have to deal with it. But not right now. I did some editing, and that's work. That's something. And now I'm watching Project Runway. Later I'll read Rules of Attraction because I heart Paul Denton.

32 comments:

  1. You can do it!!! I have faith in you...what if you got your self an oxygen mask and breathed real air instead of the musty stuff? LOL...pretend you are living in the future on another planet...teasing...Hope all goes well...cannot wait to read more of your fabulous writing...
    Noele

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  2. You could always pull up the carpet and toss it. Cut it into manageable strips with a box cutter, roll them up, and take them upstairs and out to the trash. Same with the pad. It'll all have to come up, anyway. Then you can put a fan down there to dry the floor and air it out. The physical labor will free your mind to be creative and it will improve your work environment so you can get back to business. And probably get a contractor or somebody out there to see where the water came in. Too much of that can cause foundation damage over time, and that's BAD news (and big $). All part of the joy and responsibility of being a homeowner. ;)

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  3. I know what you mean about neurotic writing. I am the exact same way! If one little thing is out of place it throws off everything!!

    Good luck with the new flooring!

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  4. Amanda...make certain that there is no mold. Mold is a serious cause for illnesses in homes.

    Exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

    In short...mold is bad.

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  5. Just do what ryan said. It's not even that hard really. My husband, 10 year old, and I did it in our home 6 months ago. You will be shocked at the difference as soon as the carpet gone.

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  6. What Ryan said. Make sure you really air the place out, though.

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  7. I would suggest Bigby or some other such coffee shop, but you'd probably be swamped by autograph hounds.

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  8. Oh, that sucks! Definitely do what Ryan advises, go ahead & get that stuff out even if it's going to be a little while before the laminate comes in. Something similar happened to the carpet in our living room, only, um, it was a puppy instead of a rainstorm...

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  9. A quick option is to get a spray bottle, mix a couple of capfulls of Bleach with the rest filled with water and spray down the carpet, the walls, everything that won't be hurt by the water and bleach. That will get rid of the smell (and any mold) for a day. Do that every morning until you get the new floor.

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  10. That sucks!! Our house gets water in the basement when it rains a lot but it's only a small puddle, although it's still annoying to deal with because we can't fix up the basement.

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  11. You seriously cannot write in the "Stank!" I wouldn't. How would you get any decent creative writing done?! Unless you have a bog scene.....

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  12. If only the book you're currently writing had something to do with water...

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  13. FWIW, if you listen to Michael and do the bleach thing first, don't expect to work down there for a good while. The bleach fumes will be harder to get rid of than the mold. (Though the bleach WILL get rid of the mold, that's for sure.)

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  14. You might want to have an expert look at your basement, Amanda. Some forms of mold can make people and animals extremely ill. Mold in houses can be dangerous. Good luck with your writing - I'm sure you'll get the writing done. Oh, that Superman. :)

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  15. Prop yourself up on the bed with a couple of pillows at your back, put a small cushion on your lap (or a little wire rack that sits over your legs) and pop your laptop on top. I did my homework in my room all my life and when I became a writer, it was the most natural place for me to think - with a pen and paper before my wrists went all to heck - and now learning to compose on a netbook.

    There's nowhere in the world that holds your creative energy like your room.

    Oh... this totally flies in the face of everything doctors tell us about getting a good night's sleep. Never work in your room... it should be a sanctuary for rest. For me... it's also my most creative space.

    Good luck!

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  16. Good luck. Maybe you can get Batman to solve this one for you.

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  17. When I moved into my house, our basement had a damp musty smell to it. We set out several bowls of white vinegar to absorb the odor (baking soda would probably work too) and it was gone within a few days. Of course the wet carpet would have to be gone. But it's cheap and worth a try.

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  18. that sounds terrible about the wet floor. but you have tons of money so if I were you, I'd just pay someone to fix it.

    Good luck!

    http://www.Taylornapolsky.com

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  19. Wow...It sucks about your office...I'm glad someone else besides myself has a ton of writing to do and is a nervous wreck about it all like me! Do be careful of mold!

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  20. Chuck Norris could have also put a fire out with his fists. Either that or he would have stared it into submission. I like to think that fire is afraid of him and would simply flicker lightly around him and not touch him for fear of itself being burned.

    But do take care of the mold, please. Even if you cannot see it but can smell it trust your nose. My mother ended up in a hospital with a chest tube once because we had received water damage from a passing hurricane. The exposure to the mold caused water to fill her lungs. Pull up the rug and pad. Mix some bleach and water and wipe down everything and then set up a fan to dry it out.

    Also I agree with you about the work space. I have to have my place just so and for the last few weeks have had to work out of my bedroom, mostly because it is reaching surface of the sun type temperatures in my living room.

    I wish you the best of luck. Take care!
    Tash

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  21. please call a public adjuster. there can be mold in your walls and black mold can cause serious health problems. a public adjuster is trained to locate all of the damage that you have and they will be your advocate. they wont charge you anything they work on a percentage contingency basis like lawyers do.

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  22. I didn't care for the winning dress on this episode of PR. The woman who claims she just learned how to sew though had made an excellent piece. That said, sorry about the rain problem. Curse you nature!

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  23. Amanda,I'd like to know more about your life with writing, the before, the after and the build up to success, blogging aside. you've cornered a market with amazon, your a talented writer but you and I both know it takes more....Let me in your your secrets...

    sincerly yours,
    Sly

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  24. Amanda - I love Project Runway too. So far I'm rooting for the "elder statesman" b/c I think it's never too late for a dream to come true.

    As to your office issues - I'm on an eternal quest for the perfect writing position/environement. If I ever find it, surely a best seller will follow.... or not.

    I'm confident that you'll meet whatever deadlines you face. Look at the obstacles you've overcome so far!

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  25. That sucks. Good luck with working in it. I watch Project Runway too, last week's premier. I can't decide on a fave yet, which is odd, because normally I have one as soon as I've seen them all. Eh, and I don't believe that one girl has never sewn before...Amazing if it's true, but who knows? Okay, enough Proj. Runway talk...

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  26. Ha, I'm a Project Runway fan too. I figure, at least I'm still watching people be creative, even if I'm not writing anything at that moment, myself...(Copout, I know. :-)

    Have you seen Tom and Lorenzo's comments on every PR episode? (Over at http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/) I think they're hilarious.

    Also, more to the purpose, what helps me when I'm feeling neurotic about writing is to use the 'just 100 words for today' trick. I almost never stop when I have reached 100 words, it's just a way to get the brain back into gear.

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  27. Pull the nasty, stinky carpet and clean the basement floor.

    And consider calling one of those basement waterproofing companies--you might need to add a sump pump or new drain tile or fix the grading around the outside of the house or something to make sure it doesn't happen again.

    Water + electricity + computer equipment + writer = new superhero being created? (Electrigirl?)

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  28. Good luck with the water damage. How about Hydro-electric Girl?

    I just finished Switched last night and I LOVED IT (continuing on). I love even more that you did it on your own. You've encouraged me to do it too. (mine is www.amarkedpast.com) Keep it up, we all love your work!!

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  29. your house insurance should pay for any water damage, a good public adjuster will determine exactly what needs to be done to make your home like it should be before the water damage, they will make sure that your insurance co dosent try to cheat you. a good adjuster will be your adv0cate

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  30. I agree about what was said earlier, make sure the basement is thoroughly treated for mold. It is best to be overly cautious than sorry when it comes to that stuff.

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  31. You should always find the best basement waterproofing companies to make sure that our basements are always dry. http://www.liftitbest.com/services/basement-waterproofing-utah

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