by Laura Kochman

Bad things come in threes, so of course the pinnacle of my day was when the tree behind my house got struck by lightning. We're in the outer bands of Isaac right now, sort of light rain off and on, not so bad, until today. The afternoon got stormy suddenly, right while I was reading about storms, and then there was a giant crack and my house shook and my head felt funny. The police knocked on the door and told me they thought the house had been hit and someone had reported smoke in the backyard. I grabbed the cat (who I will immediately be ordering a carrier for) and stood on the porch with my neighbor (and her beta fish, dog, and tiny kitten in a bag). The cat struggled. It was pretty awful.

We're going to have to tell the landlord to cut the tree down tomorrow, when they're not closed for Labor Day.

What a day.

by Laura Kochman

Rain, almost every day. I never have to water the garden anymore. It needs weeding, and most of the tomato plants have died. I'm trying desperately to save the basil. Either the submissions in my queue are really excellent right now, or I'm just in some kind of forgiving mood. Feels like every other submission is getting slushed (this is a good thing).