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30 Days Of Photography: Round Up [2]

Well, people.

Somehow I managed to survive!

Not only did I post a photo every single day, for 30 days, IN A ROW,  but I also worked on my novel, every single night, for 30 nights, IN A ROW, during the month of October.  And I have to admit I am VERY proud of the fact that I did NOT miss a single day, or single night, especially considering what’s been going on in my life, health wise. And even with Hurricane Sandy.

But more about that another time.

I would like to thank, Michael & Ziva for hosting this challenge. It was totally-super-fun and I truly enjoyed every second. I’m actually a little sad that it’s over.

*Just in case you missed any photos during the challenge:

1. Shiny
2. Fast
3. Above my head
4. Sour
5. Lotion
6. Vibration
7. Craftsman
8. Hair
9. Rules
10. Stalker
11. Heavy
12. Five
13. Calm
14. Secret
15. My favorite food
16. Bullshit
17. Coins
18. Qwerty
19. Steel
20. Nails
21. Broken
22. Neutral
23. Underwater
24. M&M’s
25. Video
26. Heart
27. Kafkaesque
28. Autumn
29. The city
30. Blackout

PS: I really miss blogging, like with words. And I have a few stories I’m really looking forward to sharing with y’all. So please stay tuned. I will return to a regular posting schedule sooner than later.


PPS: New Jersey is an absolute mess. Things are really bad. We have no power, no television, no radio, no internet, no landlines, no cell phone service, no texts, no emails, no form of communication whatsoever – nothing. And it could take up to a week to restore everything. Also, the roads are awful. Trees and power lines are down. Streets, and bridges, and tunnels, are closed. No traffic lights work. Ect. Oh, and you can forget about trying to get gas in your car.

Luckily, I was able to escape the disaster area, with my son, and and we made it to Pennsylvania safely. We are staying at my brothers house where  there is POWER and INTERNET and SHOWERS and FOOD and FAMILY and TELEVISION and LAUGHTER.



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  • I am so glad you got out of the area and have access to power. You will have to tell us what the drive to PA was like. It must be a huge mess out there.

    You linked all 30 pictures to your post. I can’t believe you took the time to do that. Impressive!

  • Hey you. I’m okay. The drive here was terrifying, though.

    Don’t worry, there will be a full blown Hurricane Sandy blog post, complete with videos, and photos, and even some funny, sooner than later. I will probably start writing about it tomorrow.

    Also, it’s just my OCD that made me link in all my pictures. Plus, I added each link to each photo when I uploaded all 30 photos on Flickr this afternoon. Yes, I know. I am crazy!


  • First of all, congrats on your commitment all month! I can’t imagine writing a novel, so you have my utmost respect (you already did, but you know what I mean.)
    But most importantly, thank goodness you’re okay. I’ve never been in a hurricane, but I live in Michigan where we have ridiculous blizzards, droughts and occasional tornados, so weather is often a touchy subject. The pictures and news break my heart, and my thoughts are with you and everyone else right now. Yay for safety!

  • Thank you, Abby.

    This writing a novel business is INCREDIBLY difficult. I’ve been writing about 5 nights a week, every week, for the past 32 weeks this year. But October I really kicked it into high gear by writing EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!

    And like a psychopath I signed up for NaNoWriMo too.

    I’ve been watching The News with tears in my eyes because of the absolute devastation everywhere in New Jersey. And I am also feeling incredibly grateful right now, especially compared to what others are dealing with. My whole heart goes out to the people who have lost their homes, pets, loved ones, or everything.

    It’s just so terrible.

    At least my family & my house are unscathed. And not too many people can say that. Totally heart-breaking.

  • Lucy

    I am so glad you are safe and sound at your brother’s home!!
    AND, a big round of applause for your successful month because it has been quite a month and to keep at it, well, is an accomplishment 🙂

  • Ron

    BRAVA to you and to all the other participants in this 30-day photo challenge. Truly, Meleah, you did an AWESOME job with your photos and I enjoyed every single one of them!

    And a HUGE congrats for working on your novel this month too, in spite of your health issues AND Hurricane Sandy!

    I’m sooooooooo proud of you, girl!

    Also, I’m so glad to hear that you and your family are safe and sound in PA. I sure hope that power is restored quickly to not only Jersey, but NY as well. Such devastation!

    (((((( You )))))))

    X ya!

  • HeSaidHisTelephoneNumberWas911

    Congratulations on thirty days of double commitment. Don’t overload/overtax yourself catching up on all you’be missed. I’m looking forward to your Sandy saga, with a bright twist. if that’s at all possible, you’re the one to pull it off.

  • Oh, I will do my best to make my Hurricane Sandy post entertaining. Hopefully I will be able to get some writing done out here.

  • October seriously KICKED MY ASS. I have never worked so hard and been so sick at the same time.

    Thank you for your continued support, Ron.
    You are such a wonderful friend.
    And I am so happy to have you in my life.


  • Thank you, Lucy!

    I am really HAPPY I am in PA right now and away from all the turmoil in NJ.

    And, like I said to Ron, October seriously KICKED MY ASS.
    I have never worked so hard and been so sick at the same time.

  • Meleah, I am SO glad you have INTERNET now. I can’t imagine how one would survive without it. I get antsy if it’s down for more than 30 seconds. And I am so incredibly impressed by your ability to just keep going with the photos and the writing despite of everything. You’re my hero. *hugs*

  • Ron

    Ditto to you, girl.

    I am so happy to have you in my life!


    P.S. I just got your update comment on my blog. Thank you!

  • Ziva, it was BRUTAL. Honestly, not being able to send a text or see the news was equally as stressful as no internet, being completely cut off from the rest of the world was awful!

    However, I am also EXTREMELY grateful my family and our houses are OKAY. So many other people have lost so much and it just breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine how they are dealing.

  • 🙂

  • I’ve been wondering how you all are. I’m glad you have a safe place to stay!

  • Thanks, Terri.

    I am thrilled to be here right now.

  • Glad you’re ok. The images we’re seeing of the destruction is mind blowing!

  • Good to know you’re safe and sound. Don’t know what I’d do without internet. I hope you get resettled soon.

  • shadowrun300

    You are a survivor through and through! After what October has put you through, I would say you could handle anything! SO glad you and your family are okay! Are you with the same brother that was in your video?

  • agg79

    Glad to hear you survived Sandy. Smart plan. Some people think they are going to ride it out, but the smart ones get the hell out of the way. I am elated to hear you took the second path. Hope you are enjoying the relative calm (and electricity) up there. I wouldn’t be in a big rush to get back home, given all the devastation and destruction. I also hope that you guys didn’t get any serious damage back home.

    And thank you for all the pictures. It was a fun 30 days. Bravo for making the entire 30 days. Glad you played the game. I certainly didn’t have the stamina to keep up with your updates.

  • I am in NO rush to leave. I can promise you that. Getting here was hard enough. And I am WAY too happy & comfy to move.

    Also, thank you for supporting me during this challenge! You rock.

  • October, literally kicked my ass.

    And hell yes I am with my brother from the BlackOut video.

    Thank FUCK.

  • I am 100% settled now. And super happy I am here.

  • HORRID. Truly horrid.

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    I’m very impressed, Meleah! Hooray for you – very well done!!

    I am so sorry about the devastation in New Jersey. I’ve seen little bits on the news and internet and it does look truly awful. I’m glad you managed to escape to Pennsylvania. We were in Dewey Beach only a few weeks ago, in the most gorgeous weather, wearing shorts and tee shirts. It’s hard to imagine being there through this. 🙁

  • Sorry to hear about Sandy pummeling New Jersey. I feel guilty about being in Illinois when you and all my East Coast friends are going through such shitty times. Glad you are in a safe place though, I hope things get better soon!

  • Well you sure picked a good time to move, Marty!

  • It’s unbelievable what happened to the shore. So many people have lost so much. It’s totally heartbreaking. I am very lucky to have escaped and I am SUPER lucky my house is still standing.

  • Sofa King glad you fled to a less horrific area. The reminders of the toll this freaky storm are unbearable for me to watch. I see photos that make me want to cry. Videos would break me completely.

    Because I said I would and I have nothing if I don’t follow through on what I say, I’ve posted my outtakes. Finally. There are birds and more birds and it was such a relief to let them all fly freely.


  • Oh yay! I’m glad you posted!

    And also, I am completely devastated over whats happening in my home state. While I am thankful to be safe in PA, I really miss my house. And my heart BREAKS for those who’ve lost everything.

    Worst storm ever. Seriously.

    Monmouth county schools are closed through 11/14 because they are being used as shelters. And while my son likes this unexpected extended break, he also knows this is will mess up the whole school year.

  • You totally rocked this challenge & managed to stick to your writing. BOOYAH for you! I do think you’ve gone round the bend with NaNoBloMo but I admire you for signing up for the NaNoWriMo. (did I get either of those right???).

    My outtakes are finally posted. Hop on by and we’ll share a cuppa tea and a biscuits (all hypo-allergenic).



  • It’s taken me three days to get here and that was without having to travel through storm ravaged New Jersey! Brilliant photos all month, Meleah! But nothing compares to the lively repartee that was enjoyed all month! So glad I joined the melee!

  • I’m so happy you played along with us too! XOXO

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  • Pat Kumicich

    I’m so glad to hear that your power is back!

  • Me too! Thank you!

  • Glad you are OK. Hope it all gets back to normal soon xxxx

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