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Sooo, it’s a pandemic. It won’t kill 2/3 of the world population like in my Future Earth Chronicles, but then, the unnamed pandemic of that series was only one aspect of the apocalypse. And if you’d like to read how life goes on after the apocalypse, check it out, book 1 is at 99c! πŸ˜‰

What scares me is not so much the coronavirus flu but people’s behavior. As an introvert, I don’t mind staying at home, and this is probably the closest I’ll ever be to live the hermit’s life. But I miss being able to walk around. You need a permit to be out and about at this time in Italy, and until the lockdown is over.

I have a permit to go to work Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays (because Dayjob can’t shut down – yet), and another for when I need to go to the supermarket or the pharmacy or other urgent matters. I doubt going to the post office to get my parcels counts. I hope they’ll keep my Amazon purchases until this emergency is over.

Does this affect me as a writer? Kind of. The world finally stopped and everybody else’s feelings overwhelm me. I still wish I could move to a co-housing in a cold place, away from the current life and responsibility, except of course now it’s even harder than before. Writing helps, but…

Griffyndiggory wrote on Tumblr (it’s a photo, so he might have taken it from somewhere else): “My problem isn’t that my favorite characters aren’t real; it’s that I’m not fictional. I don’t want them to be real. What I desperately wish is that I could be fictional with them. It’s not that I want them here with me in this mundane and ordinary world; it’s that I want to join them in their extraordinary one.”

Yeah, coming out of those stories into the current world really sucks. But last week I managed to wrap up all the projects, and now seems a good time to go back to those Future Earth Chronicles. I still have five books to write, although they deal with secondary characters from the first five. That first arc is concluded. I wrote 11K+, bringing my yearly total so far to 95K. Might still be a little behind, but I will catch up, eventually.

me, ready to start writing FEC Book 6!

So, since you might end up locked at home like I am, no matter where you live, try to grab some books. And my British friends stay safe, since your leader believes in “natural selection” – we shall overcome! πŸ™‚ You can get some advice from Chuck Wendig on working from home, or you can just chill with your family and watch Netflix.

Here’s how you can use your time in isolation to learn everything you wanted to. Museums and other public places now closed give virtual tours. Social distancing is not a bad thing, and yeah, it sucks to stay in in spring (northern emisphere), but again, it’s only for a few months, not the rest of your life.

I’m currently reading another bundle, the Might Have Been and trudging through Kristine Grayson’s trilogy. I managed to charge KK while I wait for the substitute, so hopefully it won’t die on me before I manage to get to the post office and grab the new one.

Oh, and the Cave Creek Kickstarter? There’s already a short story for backers, but I had to put it in a temporary folder, since I can’t put it on KK. I could read it with Kindle4PC, but I really prefer the e-ink of the normal Kindle (although the All-new Kindle – Now with a Built-in Front Light that I hope to never use, unless it’s different from what I’m thinking. I’ll know when I get mine).

Aaand there’s a new course on teachable, it’s free, so go check it. Kickstarter Best Practices for Writers is up and ongoing. I’m probably going to watch it while I pretend to study from home for DayJob… Not sure when I’ll be able to actually do it, but meanwhile I’ll start checking it!

Some writerly links: how Lawrence Block went indie because of traditional publishing stupidity. And a BBCArts article on book covers clichΓ©s – pity I don’t write in any of those genrse, but yeah, I should write my author name bigger! πŸ˜€

Author/journalist Damien Walter is running a brand new free daily open writing class. And if you want tips for writing marathons, check this article by my friend Leah Cutter!

Let’s not forget it’s Infinite Bard time again… go read the latest story and have a great week! πŸ™‚

 

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  1. I’m with you on that: it’s not the virus that scares me, and definitely not the isolation thing. But how people are behaving… That scares me. This all shall pass, and the world will heal. But I can’t help being a little scared of what will happen in the meantime. Maybe not to me personally, but to the human race as a whole. Again, I’m not talking about deaths from the virus, but harm caused by the behaviour of most people.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’ve managed to wrap up your writing projects, so can start on the next ones. Being able to go out even less than you usually do will help you catch up with that word count, I’m sure. Hope KK holds out until you can pick up your packages so you can get some reading done too, and the post office keeps hold of your stuff until you can go get it.

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    • Already started the new one… although every now and then I have to grab one of the other books to check stuff, eventhough I have a notebook of notes, LOL!
      KK is still full of books to read, and since I can recharge it, I’ll be all right. The new Kindle hasn’t been sent out yet, but the other three items I ordered are waiting for me at the post office. Today I stopped there on the way home and the line (with the safety distance between people) went around the block. Since it’s too warm at 1pm for me and on an empty stomach, I decided either Friday or Monday I’ll stop there in the morning (they open at 8.20AM) before going to the office, grab my parcels and go to work. Otherwise they’ll send everything back to the Amazon warehouse on the 28th. Sigh.
      I feel guilty when I need to go out for work or other necessary stuff and I see people still going jogging (or at least they did last week) as if nothing wrong was going on. Oh, well… if only COVID took away the dumb people, instead of the innocent ones… I guess it’s asking too much, though! πŸ™‚
      Stay safe
      Barb

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  2. Not surprised to hear you’ve already started the new writing project. LOL!

    Sorry you have to go deal with the post office. Hope you can catch it during a quieter time. Glad KK is still able to be used for the books you have on it. That will keep you busy for some time. πŸ˜‰

    Yes, shame it works the way it does. Anyway, you stay safe too.

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    • Back from tbe supermarket… 45minutes wait at safrty distance, most of which under a scorching sun (23℃)… I wanna move to Iceland NOW! πŸ˜₯
      Hugs

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