Finally, I am done with my manuscript for my children’s guide book. What a relief! I had been burning the midnight oil for the past few weeks in order to meet the deadline. It’s not the end yet, of course. I will have to revisit the manuscript after it has been edited by my editor but the bulk of the work is out of the way.
I am so glad that I won the Samsung laptop or I would still be slogging away on the book. Murphy’s Law being what it is, my telephone cable had to snap during the Hari Raya break which meant that I was without Internet for one week. Telekom came to restore the line yesterday. While the line was down, I had to hog cafes with wifi in order to do my online research. Last Saturday was the longest session I ever had : 7 hours without budging from my seat except to take toilet breaks. Total spent: RM15 for brunch, coffee and tea. Quite reasonable. (If I had gone to Starbucks, just one cup of coffee or tea would’ve set me back by RM10.) Fortunately the eatery was not busy or the waiters would’ve stared daggers at me for overstaying my welcome.
After sleeping just five hours last night, I was acting like a zombie in the morning. At six-something in the evening, while working at my laptop in the kitchen, I felt the table swaying. Now that couldn’t be due to lack of sleep as I had caught up on sleep in the daytime. I thought my legs were shaking the table as one knee was propped up against it. (That’s one advantage of working from home. You can sit anyhow you like.) I moved my leg away from the table. The table was still shaking.
Next thought which crossed my mind: Woah, lizard, take it easy, will you. Why are you shaking the table so (this thought directed at the scoundrel of a lizard which has taken up residence at my dining table – under the Lazy Suzan). But then it can’t be the lizard. It’s not that strong. Must be some other animal – a rat perhaps? Urrgh.
Then I felt my chair swaying. It can’t be due to lack of sleep – I caught a nap (two in fact – one to make up for lost sleep and another to celebrate the completion of my book). Oh no! It’s an earthquake!
“Hey! Did you feel the earth shake?” I yelled at the kids upstairs. No. 3 was blur like a sotong. No. 2 said, “Yeah, I felt it but I thought I was feeling dizzy after staring at the computer for too long.”
Later after picking up no. 1 from college, I asked if he felt the tremor. He did but he thought he had a bout of dizziness due to working too hard (haha!).
I suspected an earthquake had hit some place in Indonesia. True enough, it was an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale in Padang, Sumatra. At moment, online reports said the casualty is 20+ lives. Terrible, but this figure will probably climb in the next few days.