As a writer, you don’t have to tell me twice to self-isolate. I’m nearly a hermit already but to do it on a directive somehow seems so cozy and official.
Not to worry. I’m taking the Covid-19 very seriously. My hands are raw from washing and I sent hubby to the store to stock up on chocolate and potato chips. I could care less about toilet paper–well, I guess I should qualify that–I have plenty and am not about to start hoarding something that I can’t eat.
So, will this social distancing and self imposed semi-isolation help my writing? Hmmm…I’m hoping so. It certainly offers more time and excuses to write but then again I’m always full of excuses for not doing it. Yes, I’m my own worst enemy.
I think what this time does is give me reason for reflection. The whole Covid-19 thing seemed to be floating out there far away until it was suddenly in our backyard. It’s certainly eye-opening and humbling how we’ve been forced to rethink our daily strategies by something we can’t even see.
I’m so thankful to live in a country with great health care and foresight. The medical and government recommendations of hygiene and distancing have been challenging for many. I can’t even imagine having young children without playgrounds available. The news is changing so fast that it’s mind boggling and scary but I’ll do my part.
It is my intention to not waste the opportunity I’ve been given. I intend to write every day without fail. I want my blogs to be more steady and I’d like to get my second novel through another edit before I start my third.
Life is a gift and every minute we have to do what we love is precious. My twisted writer brain is telling me that the more I write– the better I’ll be…and it’ll mean less exposure to the news.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
11 thoughts on “My Twisted Writer Brain and Covid-19 Self Isolation–oh boy!”
Like you, I’m starting to cut down on the amount of new I watch. Important updates, a quick review of what’s going on in the rest of the world and the occasional intelligent commentary- that’s about it. No sense in watching desperation or individual’s comments on how awful isolation is. Duh – we’re all there. Stay strong, stay safe. Write more.
Oh Aggie. The news…hearing the same over and over doesn’t make it change does it? For a few days all I did was watch the news but now am finding it stressful and makes me feel helpless. Please let me know when then rescind the isolation rules and I’ll crawl out of my cocoon. Stay safe. Stay healthy. xo
We have a park on one side of our complex–with police tape wrapped around the playground area, though lots of people still hanging out in small family groups. On the opposite side of our complex, only a 5 minute walk away, are beautiful, wild oxbows full of ducks and turtles and other amazing critters … and not a person in sight. Why, I wonder, do folks only think of formal parks when we have so much natural beauty nearby? Hmmm.
Norma! You are so right. You’re surrounded by lakes, mountains, and adventure. It is a shame the parks and playgrounds closed. People don’t seem to listen very well. We’re so fortunate tho to be able to take our kids anywhere and just let them run. Like you said…doesn’t need to be formal. Stay safe and healthy.
Did you see our writing prompt in WE PAW Bloggers? This meets the submission parameters for the prompt. https://www.facebook.com/groups/wepawblog/permalink/3064540733576504/
I didn’t see the prompt. You take such good care of me Denise. I’ll look now Thank you friend. Hope this finds you isolated and well.
We’re okay. My husband works in a grocery store, so he’s not out of work in this crisis. We still see the same panic-driven shortages. But, at least when there’s something in the store to buy, and when my prescriptions need filling, he’s still being paid. I know there are people in our rural community without that security.
I’m glad to hear all is going ok for you and your family. Stay safe. I added the link. I think I did it correctly–lol that being said–I’m never too sure of my tech abilities. lol. Stay healthy. xo
There’s always a balance to be struck–in this case, between obsessing over the news and staying informed enough to be safe. I’m afraid I’m still chasing my tail a bit as I adjust to this new way of working. @samanthabwriter from
Hi Samantha! Yes I too am chasing my tail. I know on a cognitive level that I need to turn off the news and move away from the **noise** but it is difficult isn’t it? In the last few days I’ve written nothing. I just can’t seem to make my hands works in conjunction with my head and heart. Everything seems so surreal but I also realize that I must continue on and must take this time to push through the barriers before me. Thank you so much for commenting. I appreciate your thoughts.