I am trying not feel guilty because so many people are struggling right now, and I know things are only getting more and more difficult on a national and global scale as the year goes on, but personally, I actually feel pretty good. I’ve struggled so much in the past several years, and we have as a family in so many ways, and 2019 was especially terrible (boo, hiss) (unsurprising COVID-19 started in 2019! that bitch) but rather abruptly quarantine has been better for me. Well, not quarantine itself, though I’m not minding it. Things in 2020 are just looking up in so many aspects of my life anyway, which is just down to timing.
It’s not all joy and happiness. We have a big trip to Hawaii planned for our anniversary that increasing looks like it won’t happen. Our youngest son is set to graduate in May and it’s doubtful there will be a commencement. It’s always an important milestone but at their small, tight knit school it’s a very special ceremony. (Oldest is graduating with an associate’s degree but he didn’t want to cap and gown it anyway.) We’re trying not to worry too much about these things we can’t control.
For now I’m looking forward to the Zoom happy hour my friend is setting up and doing some deep cleaning and binge watching this weekend.
Onto more important things: BOOKS I’M READING
I just finished Martha Wells Murdurbot novellas. This is worth a read! Award winning and I can see why.
I’ve mowed through Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series about a detective in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Dervla McTiernan wrote two detective novels set in Galway that were fun.
Right now I’m deep into Ben Aaronovitch’s latest False Value.
Lined up I’ve got books by Steven Savile, Maggie Stiefvater, Tasha Suri, and Sarah Gailey.
Currently I’m watching the Inspector Linley series (who would be hotter without the mom jeans of the 90s) and we are going to binge the second season of Altered Carbon this weekend because of Colorado’s Official Pandemic Snowstorm.
As far as my own book, I’ll release the working title as a teaser: The Relic of Portheugh. It’s a lighter-hearted second world fantasy with a likable main character surrounded by people who aren’t half as impressed by him as he is by himself, and it’s just what I need to be writing right now. Of course progress stalled these last two weeks but I’ve quit checking the news obsessively so progress will pick back up.
How are you handling things? Well, I hope!