Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One Drop at a Time


Yesterday it didn’t seem  funny at all, but today I can laugh about it.

I have this bad habit (or I should say I HAD this bad habit)  of not unplugging my hair dryer.  I leave it hanging off the edge of the sink-the cord wrapped once around the faucet- so that all the weight  isn’t on the plug.  Not a good idea.

It’s been really, really cold here these past few days-hovering right around zero at night, and so my husband has been letting the faucets drip slowly all night to ensure that the pipes don’t freeze-and possibly  break.  (We’ve been there before…) 

Enter my hair dryer-that I should have unplugged, but didn’t-and  one slowly  dripping faucet-and I’ll bet 9 out of 10 times, the water will travel-drip by drip, down the length of the cord, and on to the floor.

I was in for a rude awakening yesterday morning when I went into the bathroom, and saw all that water…

This year I’m embarking on my first major writing project-the story of my Uncle Pete.  The task seems  overwhelming most of the time.   How will I make all of the bits and pieces I have so far come together to form a finished piece of work?

Let me direct your attention once again to that rather large puddle that soaked  my bathroom floor.  How did it get there?  Slowly.  One drop at a time. 

Point well taken.


  1. What a great analogy (though sorry that you had to clean up a mess to find said analogy!). I sometimes feel overwhelmed by my projects, too. But you're right - one step - drip - at a time.

    I'm excited to read your uncle's story! Best of luck!

  2. And before you know it, you'll have a reservoir of pages written for that manuscript! Best wishes with this project, it sounds like it's very close to your heart.

  3. I hope you will share pieces of your project with us! I would love to read some.

  4. Melissa and Joanne-
    Thank you so much--you both inspire me! Here's wishing the floodgates open up once in a while this year too!

  5. Thanks Tina! I plan to post little snippets along the way to keep myself on track.

  6. What a wonderful undertaking Valerie and how clever of you to take what was probably and irritating situation and use it as an analogy to your process.

  7. Thanks Kim-I was glad to be able to get a blog post out of it!! But it did also provide the perfect illustration of how I envision getting a large and daunting task accomplished.