My family and I have been working through the phases of the lock down and pandemic here in Seattle, Washington.
I have to say it was pretty scary in the beginning, knowing that my area was hit first. I watched what was happening in Italy before people seemed to realize that the same could happen here.
I am heartbroken that New York was hit so hard, but also thankful that leadership here in Washington and a lack of population density kept us relatively safe. Our physical health is only one factor in all of this, though. Our mental health has definitely been affected by the changes to our lives.
We miss our community, we miss our roller derby activities, and we miss the certainty of our lives before.
Good has come of it, though.
My kiddo is doing well enough at his at home learning. I home schooled once. I didn’t enjoy it. This is much easier. Having teachers create lesson plans and assignments, who do virtual lessons and chats online, makes distance learning work for us.
It’s also nice to have bonding time. My kid is great about doing chores and is enjoying all the bread making and home cooked meals. P.E. is regular walks and going out trail skating whenever weather allows.
My husband has really gotten into house and yard maintenance, which is great. We’re finally taking care of all the things we had let go for too long. We got chickens again, and I’m just about ready to start a garden.
I am also writing again. I am working on fiction almost daily.
I have a Chick Lit novel that I feel pretty good about. It is nearing 30,000 words.
I’m also editing a draft of my fantasy novel and posting it regularly to a couple of sites. I realized part way in to the process that I had an outline for a rewrite of this novel drafted. The outline is quite an improvement. So while I’m still posting the original draft online, I have a few readers, and I like to follow through on promises made to them, I’m also working on the rewrite. Not exactly the best way to work on a novel, but it is what it is.
As I continue on my writing journey after a long time away, I’m feeling a need to talk about my writing process on occasion. I’m also feeling the need for an outlet for some of the thoughts and feelings that being exposed to too much social media and not enough real life is causing.
Without roller derby to prop up my mental health, I lack the confidence I need to be able to feel good about just sharing myself with the world. Writing fiction is intimate enough.
So I’m in a strange place in my desire to write. Writing fiction is fulfilling in it’s way, but I also just want to work out my thoughts and also feel connected to the world. Other social media platforms don’t really seem like a safe place for that. Perhaps a blog isn’t either.
I have overshared things on this blog in the past that I still cringe at. Yet I leave the posts because maybe they serve a purpose. Perhaps they reached someone and helped them to not feel as alone.
With that thought in mind, I am going to attempt to do this blog thing again, from time to time. Mostly for myself, but also for whoever is out there that might find a spark of connection with my words.
For those who are interested in my fiction, I’m currently posting chapters of “The Wind Shifts” daily at Dreame.com.
I’ve posted a few chapters of the Chick Lit story I mentioned there too. It is called “Pivot”.
I have a collection of short stories currently available through Kindle. It is called “Tales from the Tower World”
I also have a number of works available at Wattpad.com