Wow, the world sure has been thrown upside down. The whole COVID-19 has shaken up every country on the planet. Now we all are having our self-isolation adventures. Some places in the world have had it far worse than others, and the media is covering it all. News changes by the hour. Cases and death rates rise drastically. Yikes. Scary times.
Welcome to another edition of Unprocessed Thoughts
We all know what state the world is in, and my fellow Canadians know how our country is. So, I won’t get into the same stuff as everyone else except…. STAY HOME. Okay, I’m done now. In regard to this whole pandemic and writing, not too bad. We are writers are used to being stuck in our own minds, typing away at the next book. This comes naturally for us. What will be interesting to see is how stamina upholds for staying at home. If you’re typically an introvert, then that won’t be a problem.
I already work from home, as of April 1st, for 6 years as a graphic designer and web developer. Between the writing and contract work, the work-from-home-life is straightforward. It doesn’t get strange until the evening, where I usually find myself at the pub or socializing. Not anymore.
Due to the current events, my girlfriend now works from home too. The cat sure didn’t like her napping spot being taken and has retaliated through disobedience. Outside adventures are limited to the balcony. We wipe down new items before they enter the unit as if they’re covered in toxic sludge – better safe than sorry.
The self-isolation adventures have been tame for now. March and April are busy periods with the contract work. All my clients are working from home, too, meaning they also have time to focus on our projects. The sped-up feedback ultimately means work is moving very quickly. In the end, that means payday comes sooner and another slick, and or beautiful, and or elegant, design is birthed.
Lots of Writing
Work has me glued to the chair for many hours of the day. In the early mornings and evenings, I can either a: stare at the wall and wonder how life got to this point, or b: write more. I chose the second option. Mental Damnation IV is coming along quite nicely. It is the longest book I’ve written to date. The last of the revisions have been done and it will be off to the editor shortly. If it weren’t for all this time at home, it most likely wouldn’t be edit-ready until June.
There you have it – lots of work. I’m sure the self-isolation adventures will get more interesting as the weeks – if not months – go by. Tomorrow is wine-bottling day, so there will be plenty of shenanigans in this household.
Beer Note: Parallel 49 Trash Panda
For this month, I tried the Parallel 49 Trash Panda. I’ve had some friends talk about it before and thought I would give it a go. It’s a hoppy drink that calls itself a Hazy IPA, sitting at 5.5% alcohol. It comes in a can, as most of the small breweries are doing these days. Last month I said I may swing back into lagers. I didn’t. Maybe the bitterness of IPAs is fitting for the type of year we’re having.