Well, we are truly and deeply in it now. Instead of a panic room, this is just a place to share, vent or whatever.
Here in Eugene, the last week saw a transformation in public attitude and behavior. Even up until Tuesday or Wednesday, people acted pretty much like business as usual. Then like a fast thaw, it changed. Stores are open but many shelves are picked over. People are staying apart in public. It won't be a brief disruption, as many hoped. The economic downturn and hit on people's income/work is something we are starting to figure in to our immediate future. So far, people seem to be in good spirits and helpful. The kids may enjoy staying home for a week or so. Beyond that?
My next show, and the whole event, a convention scheduled in Seattle has been cancelled. More of these events, in different parts of the country are likely to follow suit. I don't need these sales to survive, but I know many others losing work are not so fortunate. I will be spending as little $ as possible for a time.
We will get through this, but things may look very different on the other side.
George R R Martin is in self-isolation, the good news is he's finally back to work on that pesky novel.
“With quarantines, lockdowns and social isolation on the menu everywhere, and all the usual entertainment venues closing their doors, reading is the best way to pass the empty hours,” urged Martin, adding: “Strange days are upon us. As ancient as I am, I cannot recall ever having lived through anything like the past few weeks.”
Sharing a handwashing infographic spliced with words from Frank Herbert’s novel Dune (“I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little-death”), Martin said that “some days, watching the news, I cannot help feeling as if we are all now living in a science fiction novel”.
“But,” he added, “not, alas, the sort of science fiction novel that I dreamed of living in when I was a kid, the one with the cities on the moon, colonies on Mars, household robots programmed with the Three Laws, and flying cars. I never liked the pandemic stories half so well … Let us hope we all come through this safe and sound. Stay well, my friends. Better to be safe than sorry.”
I feel much the same. The unreality of it has a literary quality, how things are so superficially normal, but with casual examination, there is so little holding things together. A "revolution" of sorts is here, just not the one advocated.
Post by Terra Incognita on Mar 18, 2020 22:10:31 GMT
I'm having to telecommute at a position I occupied many years ago. I've got access to training and can perform some real tasks for the next two or three weeks; but after that, we're encouraged to continue staying online all day and take work-related self-improvement measures, like enhancing our skills in Excel, PowerPoint and other tools.
Meanwhile, my four kids and the oldest's girlfriend are going stir-crazy. Sometimes they enjoy doing things the old-fashioned way -- board games, cards, telly, confabs, etc. -- but other times they fight over videogame rights or just plain find no pleasure in anything. They can't go out with friends, or even the corner store; I cannot leave the house without an exceptionally good reason.
It's a siege. If it lasts beyond April, we'll all go bonkers.
Introvertigo: No, thanks, Mare--I don't smoke.
Oct 13, 2021 21:34:13 GMT
donavan: I think she meant toes. 🐫
Oct 13, 2021 23:19:12 GMT
Mare: I meant camel or dromedary.
Oct 17, 2021 0:06:43 GMT
donavan: OK, don't take the hump.
Oct 17, 2021 2:03:04 GMT
Mare: Have a Day, everyone! <3
Oct 17, 2021 15:57:09 GMT
donavan: Happy Monday ! 🙃
Oct 18, 2021 12:08:42 GMT
Mare: I have always said things other people only thought...I got laughter and me, too! as reward. Sometimes, though, I felt regret about what I had brought to the surface. Is that my lot in life-to be an instigator?
Oct 21, 2021 17:17:07 GMT