In a crisis

In a crisis[1]

Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations.
Are you happy with the way you react?

I do not respond to crises very well.

More or less, I operate like the Hindenburg. Everything’s cool, life is peachy. It’s smooth sailing up until the point stuff spontaneously combusts.

For reference, this is how I respond to a crisis:

1. Crisis happens.
2. I watch the mushroom cloud, awestruck, and get hit by the resulting sonic boom.
3. I sit there, stupefied for a moment. Enter Hoshit Face.
4. I survey the train wreck. Sometimes I say, “Call off the search guys, there are no survivors.” I start being creative with swear words.
5. There are a couple of panic-stricken emails, late night phone calls, and texts. Scramble to regroup, ask for help where needed.
6. After a mini nuclear meltdown, I get to planning. What’s Plan B? C? D?
7. After many cancer sticks, cups of coffee, and inventive swearwords, I get cracking.

The ideal crisis response would be 1. Crisis happens, then 7. I get cracking, right? So no, I am not happy about how I react.

Notes:
1. Writing prompt from The Daily Post.

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The 365-post Project

So, The Daily Post has inspired me to start writing daily again. I used to do this, as an exercise to keep my brain from shriveling into a useless husk while working in corpo (the product of which you can see here), but I like the serial blogger that I am, I left that to move to another blog which is now woefully in need of updates.

Anyway.

The Daily Post exercise gives 365 writing prompts – cleverly designed to give bloggers an idea about which topic they could write about that day. Today is the 17th, which not only means that I should be thinking about

In a crisis
Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations.
Are you happy with the way you react?

of which I’ve quite had a number of this week (a mere coincidence, I hope), but also that I have 16 days of backlog.

The story of my life, ladies and gentlemen.

From the Mixed-Up Files of a Writer-For-Hire