Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tell Me Something Good

Yesterday, as you know, a gunman went to the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech and killed 32 people before killing himself. Twelve other people are currently being treated for injuries. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with the families affected by this incident.

This terrible tragedy, on top of the whole Don Imus debacle last week, has me wondering, and not for the first time, what the hell is wrong with people.

I don’t know about you, but I could use some good news right about now. Does anyone have any to share? Has peace broken out in anyone’s corner of the world? Anyone won the lotto? Anyone’s cat given birth to a litter of adorable kittens?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

I’ll start with my own small personal triumph: yesterday, after a week off for spring break, I successfully returned my kids to school. No tears were shed, no threats uttered, no recriminations made. Just a quiet, orderly transition. I’m so proud.

What about you? Please, someone, tell me something good.


Kristina Cook said...

Sure wish I had something good to report.

Alas, instead the lower level of my house--a huge media room and my husband's office, including a boatload of stereo equipment, music equipment, furniture, CDs and DVDs, brand-new carpet--were destroyed by flood on Sunday.

I, too, would seriously love to hear something 'happy.' I have a few submissions out to editors right now, and am just staring at my phone, willing my agent to call with some good news. So far, it isn't working. :o(

Anonymous said...

The only good news I have to report is that I'm very excited about attending my first RT Convention next week.

meardaba said...

I had a really good day at work today, and so I celebrated with chocolate and coffee...GERMAN chocolate and coffee.

Ummm...my taxes are done and I have my new flat in Toronto all set up. Those are also great things in my life.

Ann Christopher said...

Oh, Kristina... I'm so sorry to hear that. What a mess. Sending you cyber-hugs.

Ali--enjoy the conference! I've heard good things about RT.

Meardaba, you know how to celebrate, girl! Congrats on the new flat!

Oh yeah, taxes. I was going to grumble about that, but the Virginia Tech thing sure has a way of putting things in perspective.


Kristina Cook said...

Ali, have a GREAT time at RT!! It's a lot of fun--I've gone the past two years and had a blast. Unfortunately, can't go this year.

Eve Silver said...

Sorry, no great news from me...but I'm OK with having nothing earth-shattering to share. After watching the CNN coverage last night, I was joyous and grateful just to tuck my children into their beds (they're teenage boys, so trust me, I only tuck them after they're asleep, LOL!)

Ali, have a great time at RT! I've never been. You'll have to pop by and give us a report when you get back.

Caroline Linden said...

Like Eve I have no amazing good news to report except the simple joy of tucking in my kids last night (and after the horrible news from Virginia, I didn't even mind when they pulled all their usual tricks to stay up an extra ten minutes). But I also have no real bad news at the moment--we stayed warm, dry, and electrified here in Boston during the weekend Nor'easter-- and for that I am also very grateful.

Yes, Ali, do come back and report on RT! It sure looks like a blast. And a great day at work is always worthy of a celebration of some sort, meardaba. :-)

Lois said...

Nothing good here. . . but then, sometimes no news is good news too. Just means nothing's happening, good or bad. :)


Wendy Roberts said...

It rained and baseball was cancelled. Oh and I got a great advance review of my next book.

What happened yesterday was horrific :(

Anonymous said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear that none of you will be at RT. I'll be sure to come back and report on it :) I'm still so nervous :)

Sally MacKenzie said...

On Virginia Tech, I'm still waiting to hear the list of victims. So far I have two friends whose kids had friends die. Lots of kids from this area--I'm in Maryland, outside DC--go to Tech.

I do take heart in the stories of heroism that are coming out--the students and teachers who helped others, sometimes at the cost of their own lives.

I have a friend who was at Columbine, so my heart goes out to everyone who ever found themselves in this kind of nightmare. I think the Tech tragedy opens those partly healed wounds.