We passed homes with the tell-tale crosses from the emergency search and rescue teams still visible on walls. Some have left them there as kinds of memorial, but others remain because the owners never came back. Many are at first floor level. That was the level of the water; the ground floor was totally swamped. Rescue crews in boats marked the part of the house that remained visible.
One of the joys of the Itinerant Writers Club is the glimpses one gets into other writers’ lives. Our monthly assignment 11, “A family holiday” produced some emotive and characterful writing. With instructions for this exercise to “pare down” the prose, to keep it tight, we were asked to remove all adjectives and adverbs then replace only those which were essential. Two of the essays struck me as particularly good, so I am sharing them here.
If you would like to see the rest of the essays, click Itinerant Writers Club or use the tab at the top of this page and scroll through to assignment 11. While you are there, you might like to wander through some of the other exercises.