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#SoCS – Unconcentrated randomness


For some reason my powers of concentration are failing me at the moment. Maybe it’s because I’m in a dorm room (rented out for the summer as a motel set-up) in Kingston and I’m in room 1106. Why is the number significant, you ask? It’s because I was originally in room 1105, but when I turned the lock on the door, a woman poked her head out and asked me what I was doing. Yes, they gave me the key for an occupied room. It’s funny, because every single time I enter a hotel room I wonder if there’s someone in there (when I enter it for the first time that is). And finally, it happened. So I went back to the front desk with the woman in tow and they apologized profusely. The woman was totally shaken up though, and I can’t say I blame her. I’m sitting here wondering if someone is going to walk into my room. Before you ask, no, there’s no chain, nor is there any other kind of device that’s only accessible from the inside. It’s just the lock on the knob. The woman is going to complain to the manager on Monday. She’s here for the month. Any bets that she’ll find other accommodations?

But today hasn’t been all bad. Despite the rain…

I got an email this afternoon to inform me that a short story I wrote has been accepted into an anthology. 😀 I won’t say what it is yet – I want to wait until the contract is signed. So I’ll be self-published and traditionally published! I’m looking forward to working with the editor on it. And an editor I don’t have to pay – imagine that!

There’s something comforting to me, strangely enough, about sitting alone in a hotel room. The quiet is profound right now. I think it must have something to do with the fact that I know I won’t be disturbed. Barring the possibility of a fire alarm of course. At least here in Canada there’s not much chance of an earthquake. When I was in Japan I was constantly aware that my room could begin to sway at any given moment. The literature in the rooms all said something to the effect of “Don’t panic, get under the desk (there is always a desk) and wait for further instructions.” I could easily imagine not being able to understand them. Ah, but we could get a tornado here…

I should probably concentrate on writing my novel, eh? Yeah.

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Find the rules to join in  here and then do it! It’s fun!!

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

19 thoughts on “#SoCS – Unconcentrated randomness

  1. Congrats, congrats, congrats! (about the short story, not the unexpected hotel room guest… that’s happened to me too and it was not fun) 🙂


  2. I hate everything about hotels. I’d rather stay in a tent.


  3. Not sure how I’d be feeling about the lame lock situation. But sounds like a nice getaway for writing. And congrats on being accepted for the anthology! 🙂


  4. I hope everything you dream will come to you. The best of luck my friend.


  5. Congratulations on the story and hope you don’t have any more weird episodes at the hotel.


  6. In all the years I traveled, I never had that happen. If it had, either with me in the room or trying to get in, it’d be really weird.


  7. That hotel episode would be a little disturbing. That would shake your concentration.


  8. Congratulations on your story! 🙂


  9. That is good news, Linda (about the story of course) 🙂 Congratulations.
    During one of my stays in London, 3 years ago, I had just checked in and was getting ready to go out when I found someone trying to open my door (thankfully, it was locked from inside) and when I opened it, I found an old couple with the keys ready and a look of surprise. They got the room numbers wrong and apologized after verifying that it was the next door that they were assigned to 🙂


  10. Eek! Poor you, and poor fellow hotel resident! I hope you don’t have a similar experience. And that concentration returns soon…


  11. Great news Linda! Congratulations!


  12. Congratulations on your upcoming short story!
    We had people enter our room when we were in Atlanta. There we were, all six of us, jammie-clad and eatin hotel cake on one bed, and there they were, one really tired and surprised couple.
    I don’t like to stay in a hotel room alone. It is NOT my favorite thing. Having said that, I sure hope you enjoy your peace and quiet 🙂


  13. Yikes! I recently read a video report from a man who had one of those key cards and was in his motel room when somebody else entered. They went to the office and supposedly the keys got straightened out. On a curiosity whim, though, he tested his card on other rooms and, lo and behold, he had been issued a MASTER key, as had the other man. Yeah, he found another motel ASAP.


  14. Are you up at Queen’s?


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