Today Sandy is supposed to make landfall somewhere on the eastern seaboard. We're in Boston, so chances are good the storm will give us at least a backward slap as it moves inland. My heart is with everyone who's in Sandy's path and hope you are safe.
Growing up in the Midwest, I'm accustomed to taking shelter and waiting for a storm to pass. We headed to the basement with regularity during tornado season. It became so second nature, we ceased to be afraid and became more concerned about how we'd occupy ourselves while the power was off. I vividly remember one night sitting up late playing cards with my sisters, my mom and our neighbor lady by the light of our camping lantern. We listened to a battery powered radio for storm updates while we waited for my dad and the neighbor's husband to come home from their jobs on the railroad.
Of course, as an author, you might expect me to encourage you to read when the power's out, but during times of uncertainty, like a storm the size of Sandy, it makes sense for families to pull together. So if you're going to read by whatever temporary light you may have, I suggest reading aloud.
My kids and I loved to read aloud, and not just during storms. We laughed through THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER. Wept together through WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. Anne Shirley's exploits from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES provided us with a number of verbal shorthands. We always look for places that give us "scope for imagination." And we didn't neglect the classics either. We read WATERSHIP DOWN and MOBY DICK. Sharing a book is sharing a world.
And if the real world is a little off kilter at the moment, that makes a shared book an even better activity. It gives you a little escape from inconvenience and hope that things will turn out all right eventually.
So how about you and your family? How do you fill the time when the TV is out and the lights are off?
_________________________________Mia loves to connect with readers. Find her at MiaMarlowe.com, Twitter and Facebook. Her most recent release is LORD OF DEVIL ISLE, a collaborative novel written with New York Times bestseller Connie Mason. Set in exotic Bermuda during the years leading up to the American Revolution, LORD OF DEVIL ISLE is the story of smuggler, Captain Nicholas Scott and Eve Upshall, the English miss he pulls from stormy seas.