Tuesday, April 28, 2020


One thing that this self-isolation does is give us time to think. Or, at least, it should. I find that, as Yogi Berra said, everything takes longer than it takes. At the end of the day, I find that I've done very little, yet the time has gone. But tomorrow is another day--and another chance to squander time.

Since my second profession is writing, I've thought a bit about that, including the effect the current pandemic will have on the way we do things. Have people gotten used to reading e-books, and when book stores open, will they have any customers? How long will we wear masks and practice social distancing? What will a modern romance novel look like if they have to include keeping six feet apart? Or will future novels be dystopian, or perhaps historical?

Then I think about my first profession, and there's a great deal of confusion there. I don't think I'd be able to do much via telemedicine (although, given my limited experience on the other end of that, perhaps my former colleagues are thinking the same thing).

My state is starting to slowly open up. We'll see how things go. In the meantime, what are some things you've been wondering about--given all the free time we have--and would like to share?


Patricia Bradley said...

My state loosened a few of the restrictions, but with an increase in the COVID19 cases, I have a feeling that may not last. It's a fine line our governors are walking--get the economy going vs the virus. For me, I'm in no hurry to go back to normal and I think we will be forever changed by this, much in the same way we were changed after 9-11.

On the other hand, I don't think we'll see social distancing in the romances. lol. I, for one, do NOT want to read about the virus or the effects of it ever!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, we hear of authors going to great distance to get details correct in their writing--how are we going to write in the future of heroes and heroines without masks and social distancing? Let me know if you decide.

Patricia Bradley said...

Right now, I'm leaning toward ignoring the virus in my writing. OR I can create a vaccine that takes care of the problem and simply refer to the virus in the past tense. lol.

Patricia Bradley said...

I'm sure down the road there will be some changes that will be permanent but I don't think social distancing will stop hugging and kissing. :-) For the most part, I think people will revert to what they've always done once this is over. Now, if it never ends...that's another matter.

Richard Mabry said...

Maybe you should ask your editor about that. Let me know what she says.