For myself, I discovered the TV series Supernatural and perhaps perversely (given the show’s insistence that everything *except* aliens are real), began to ponder Alien Abduction at length.
You are probably aware of the potential for a zombie apocalypse (the CDC even has a guide for that), and thanks to shows like Supernatural, most people know quite a bit about various fantastic terrestrial beasties (at least as commonly portrayed). Thanks to Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, and Stephenie Meyer (plus many others still), vampires also are now quite commonly discussed.
But aliens, do you really know much about aliens? If one of your loved ones were abducted by aliens, do you have a plan for what to do while you wait for your plucky abductee to gather comrades, take over the spaceship, and swing back by Earth to take you on a whirlwind tour of the galaxy? Well, do you?
(Yes, this is indeed the kind of justification I use on myself for why I should plan for the future.)
So, how does one plan for the possibility of a writer supporting spouse being abducted by aliens?
One practices self sufficiency. It sucks.
This month my darling husband, maker of pancakes and other glorious foods, has been deployed. The US Navy objects to being accused of abducting sailors, but the experience from the left behind side has a lot in common with a short-term alien abduction.
My triumphs of the past month include:
- Feeding of self. Yes, I cheated and used a lot of Soylent. Whatever. It is a complete food. The package says so.
- Hiring of people to keep the roof from crashing down on my head. (No indoor rain is a win.)
- Writing. It is entirely possible that I’d go insane if I didn’t.
I hope you had a good June. I hope no one you liked was abducted by aliens this month.