Sunday, 14 July 2013

Writing - Some like it hot!




No not the film - the weather! Here in Yorkshire we've had heat stroke warnings. The government agency responsible warnings issue them when the day time temperature is 28 - 33 degrees or hotter and the night temperature remains above 15 degrees. They issue advice:-

Before a heatwave

  • Ensure you have plenty of cold fluids available.

During a heatwave

  • Try to keep your house cool, closing blinds or curtains can help.
  • At night, keep your sleeping area well ventilated. Night cooling is important as it allows the body to recuperate.
  • Try to stay cool by taking cool showers or baths and/or sprinkle yourself several times a day with cold water.
  • Avoid too much exercise, which can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and can even be fatal. Watch for signs of heat stress - an early sign is fatigue.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol, which dehydrates the body.
  • Try to eat as you normally would. Not eating properly may exacerbate health-related problems.
  • If driving, keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Take plenty of water with you and have regular rest breaks.
  • If you have vulnerable neighbours who may be at risk during a heatwave, try to visit them daily.
  • If you do go out, try and avoid the hottest part of the day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and seek shade where possible. Avoid being in the sun for long stretches.
All good stuff and to a degree common sense but there is a need. Some people still lock animals and even children in their cars in scorching conditions! I envy those who can stroll around in extreme temperatures with out breaking sweat but some of us can and some can't. A simple fact of life.

Back to writing. I was reminded of the need for hard work by Stephen Woodfin  in his blog today. He likened selling to the tortoise and the hare scenario.  It is the people who put in the hard graft that achieve their reward. Very few hit superstardom at the first attempt.  So if you are becoming demoralised with the rejection letters or lack of sales just keep going you will get your rewards in the end.

Haiku




Heatwave

Oh for chilled feelings
We are having a heatwave
Sweat and idleness


God Bless