By Dacia M. Arnold
At the end of the day, I wonder how I got everything done. The kids are alive in their beds, and I have finally collapsed as a last ditch effort to make time for myself. I am not a single. I am a railroad wife. That is my superpower. I call it a superpower because I honestly have no other explanation as to how I keep up with most everything on my own half the time.
Someone should write a book about how self-sufficient railroad wives are. Someone should also write another dystopian novel but for adults, with the same high-action stakes as the popular book-to-movie stories, but with a more believable character. If anyone could save the world a railroad wife and mother would be the most resourceful problem solver to do the job. Well, I wrote that book and it’s called Apparent Power.
With our spouses gone 34 of 44 hours at the very least (many go weeks away from home), we often take up hobbies to keep our minds from lurking to the worst possibilities while they are unreachable. Personally, I work outside the home, go to school full time, juggle multiple baby sitters for my two kiddos (kinder and preschool). I love DIY projects, and I write books. For other spouses, this list of hobbies may be different, but the reasons are all the same: we have to stay busy lest we worry.
The railroad is dangerous. Too often, we read on the news and social media of our sisters becoming widows. Not the kind we joke about because our railroaders are never home. But their RR will never come home. It is a reality we hate to think about, but we do every time we kiss them goodbye or get the text I just got called. I never fail to say, “I love you. Be safe.” Like reminding him will magically keep everyone and everything around him working properly.
(I’m not crying. You’re crying.)
I wrote a book about a railroad wife who never asked to be the world’s savior. When crap hits the fan, all she wants to do is make sure her baby is safe and find her railroader. It is already near impossible to contact a RR on duty, much less during a worldwide disaster, but a RR wife would figure it out. She would walk 100 miles of track to make sure that man was safe, if for no other reason than to make sure he did what she told him to do. Though she works independently throughout her daily routines, her heart still belongs to that worker on the rail. We don’t stop being wives when they turn off their phones. Nope. We count down the hours until they “go dead”. We meddle by the window when they tell us they have tied up and on their way home, so we can see them pull in the driveway.
Holidays are especially hard. With so much expectations on making appearances, and struggling to make the celebration perfect as one half of a team, it is easy to feel lost and lonely. But we cope. We strong arm it through life 75% of the time. Railroad wives are pretty much the superwomen no one knew about until now. Apparent Power is for sale now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and many more sites. It is time you had a heroine who knows the struggles of making hard decisions alone. You got this!
Apparent Power has been critically linked to Hollywood blockbusters like Divergent and Annihilation by Kirkus Reviews (Read the full review here) and is available for purchase through all major book retailers including Amazon.
Dacia M Arnold
Dacia loves meeting up with fellow railroad wives while she’s on tour. Check out her website for new dates or see her at one of her signing events across the country:
January 18-20th, 2019: COSine Science Fiction Convention (Colorado Springs, Co)
April 19-20th: FanX Salt Lake City Comic Convention
May 31st- June 2nd, 2019: Author Row at Denver PopCulture Con
September 18th, 2019: Author Event at Barr Memorial Library, Fort Knox, Kentucky 1130-1330.
October 18th-20th, 2019: Walker Stalker Convention, Atlanta, Georgia
Dacia M Arnold is an award-winning, Amazon Bestselling American novelist, freelance writer, mother, medical professional and a ten-year Army Veteran. She is the author of Apparent Power, Reactance and Shifting Power, plus short fiction in the international anthology COLP: The Passage of Time. As a freelance writer, Dacia contributes monthly to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s blog where she shares her relatively short experience in the literary world.
Now, as a mother of two and railroad wife, Dacia incorporates her experiences in all aspects of her life into her writing.