Patriot Day and Another Busy Week

It’s hard to believe that sixteen years have passed since that fateful day in 2001. For as long as I live, I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I first heard the news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers. Sitting in my office at work, I turned on the radio seconds later to listen to the report of a plane hitting the Pentagon. And then I watched on television as newscasters announced a fourth plane had crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

The rebuilt section of the Pentagon. If you look closely, you can see the lighter color in the center of the building. This is the area the plane hit.

My eyes were glued to the TV as every flight in the United States was grounded, kept up-to-date as Air Force One carrying our President made its way back to Washington, and saw the mighty towers fall. Several years later, my husband and I visited Washington, DC and the Pentagon Memorial. It was a sobering occasion for us. Now, each year on September 11, my thoughts turn to the families of those who lost their lives that day and for the men and women who are abroad helping fight the war on terrorism.

On the writing front, it’s been another busy week. I finished a project for AIW Press, and have entered the home stretch of finishing my latest novel. And I can say it’s a great feeling when I’ve completed a long term project. Of course, I’ll still need to review and make some changes before sending it to my editor, but having that first draft done is cause for celebration.

This post is going to be short and sweet, but here are this week’s writing links:

That’s it for this week. Enjoy your weekend and remember, we’re only a week away from the official start of Autumn!

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  • We lived near WPAFB on 9/11. Jets were scrambled, and they broke the sound barrier. Hearing the sonic boom was terrifying. Because the base is such a high target, everyone feared they’d also been hit. It was a relief to learn that wasn’t the case, but no one could rejoice given the somber and horrific events of the day.

    • I can only imagine how you felt at hearing that sonic boom. It was certainly a terrifying day. It’s my firm belief that if all flights hadn’t been grounded, more cities would have been hit. We lost a big of innocence that day.

  • I vividly remember where I was on 9/11 as well, and how I first heard the news. It is hard to believe so much time has passed, especially when those events still feel so fresh.

    Congrats on nearing the end of your novel and finishing up your submission for AIW. Have a lovely weekend, Joan!

    • Nothing like waiting four days to respond. I’ve been burning the midnight oil to finish a novel.

      It is hard to believe sixteen years have passed. Someone said of that day, “This is our Pearl Harbor.” It is one of those days that will be forever etched in our minds.