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OKAY, so what have you been doing with all this quarantine time? At first, I assumed we in the writing life would have more time to live it. But I’m not writing more. You?

I spend my time taking walks with my Lady. Or playing table top games. We also watch some TV together in the evenings. I enjoy time with her.

Sci-Fi Lampoon magazine has named me Editor In Chief, at least for the forthcoming issue & until I can foist that job onto someone else.

Volume 3 of The Rabbit Hole is now in the final editing stage and will soon be ready to promote. That’ll be fun. Victor Acquista and Susan Ranscht have contributed greatly to the story selection of this final volume.

But mainly, I’m adrift in contemplation. Interesting world and it must be absorbed before I can seriously write again.

How has the pandemic affected you?


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  1. Joy rides. We go out for some “essential travel,” then take a loop around roads in the area. We go for walks along the bayfront or creeks.
    Driveway happy hours, with two neighbor couples that have the adjoining driveway. We pull our chairs out, sit safely apart, and drink our wine. We’re getting to know them much better than ever before.
    My wife and I work at home, so it hasn’t been all that different. We’ve been doing our client work by phone or Zoom. We’re not driving to clients! That’s a good thing.
    My writing is moving slowly, but that’s because I’m having trouble with this story.
    I have a trilogy ready to publish, but this doesn’t seem like a good time to do a big book launch. So I’m just going to put them out to my lists.
    We’ve had to cancel all our travel for the year. At our age, there aren’t many years left for travel, so this makes us sad.

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  2. mimispeike says:

    A new go at my art, especially a new direction – not a paper doll but a double page collage of important figures that I see as an eventual endpaper, that intimidates me.

    I’ve started to work on Queen Elizabeth, gathering my pieces. And I’m working on a baby Sly. This art will be for my series of children’s books. I am almost finished with six installments: Catly Curiosity, Yo-Ho!, Love Is Strange, Up The Hill, Hugs ‘n Bugs, and A Chorus Line. I’ve created a new site that I’d intended for, and named, ‘Snippets and Shorts’. But the ‘A Cumbrian Lad’ series has taken it over.

    I’ve meant to ask, here’s the place to do it: I started this new site with ‘One Enchanted Evening’, expanded. (It will eventually go into my yet-to-be-written book four of my novel.) Do you object to that? I don’t plan to publicize the new site until I have several more pieces art created for it, I think that might be around June-July.

    If you don’t want Evening exposed online I will create another site, this one to be the parking place for my Snippets.

    It may sound like I’m getting a lot done, but I’m a coward until I get a handle on a new piece of art. To do a mock-up is easy, to make final decisions very difficult. I spend a lot of time reading the news, and hating myself for my dithering.

    I’m creating a chorus line of chicks, a three dimensional paper doll. (Each chick stands behind the one in front, by folding the connecting segments.) Sly has trained the most talented of his crew to sing back-up while he delivers Herk Hedgehog an apology for the brutal attack in which Herk shed his quills from terror. The italics are the chicks’ refrain, improvised from a line I found on a site dedicated to Early Modern English popular songs. The title ‘Strayed A Merry Maid’ got me going.

    Let naught affright ye, bedlamite.
    Dear friend, I be aside o’ thee,
    All ev’ry live-long day-o. 
    through thick ‘n thin ‘n red-raw skin,
    A business oh-so-gay-o
    how-so ye curse at me–disperse!
    As pretty as ye may-o
    That mad tirade fanfaronade
    Right sweet an’ dainty play-o
    all in th’ past. Be none downcast.
    A sport, as ye might say-o
    These, normally sweet as can be,
    An’ so we pray they stay-o,
    they beg ye may nae mair dismay.
    Nae mair thy well-a-day-o

    The original lyric, also mine except for the title:

    To London strayed a merry maid,
    a sport, as y’ might say-o
    She joggled down to London-town,
    the heigh-ho made her way-o.
    A juicy plum, a toothsome one,
    all ev’ry live-long day-o 
    she wiled away, her pins a-splay,
    right sweet an’ dainty play-o.
    Lord Rob Kincaid, a pretty blade,
    he, hey-hey-nonny-nay-o,
    took a big bite, had his delight,
    a business oh-so gay-o.
    Her nonny came to rightful fame,
    the many glad to pay-o,
    she passed some time in that fine line,
    is come away, hooray-o,
    a rich old moll, content to loll,
    her new most-fun, to pray-o.

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  3. victoracquista says:

    Working on producing podcast episodes. I concluded season one after episode 20 and am on a brief hiatus. Scripting an episode is about all the writing I am doing. I’ve also been working on a revised marketing plan for release of a suspense novel I’ve written that is scheduled for publication August 6th. As GD mentioned, I’m also involving in helping to edit the Rabbit Hole 3 anthology.
    I spend more time walking around the lake across from our home and in both meditation and contemplation. My wife and I are homebodies and sheltering in place does not seem so different to what we are accustomed to. Still, the world seems different with fewer distractions and more focus on “important” things. I admit to occasional boredom, but it’s only occasional. I am more mindful of how “distractions” occupied time previously. Free of distractions, I feel as though I have more time, but it’s an illusion; I have the same amount of time as pre-pandemic. I do miss some of the socializing and getting out and I particularly miss baseball. I’m not a sports enthusiast other than being a fan of baseball.
    I’m reading more and this is a real plus. I’ve been listening to more webinars. I’ve gotten around to some home projects that were in perpetual procrastination. I’ve been thinking about pursuing something such as learning to play the Native American flute, but I haven’t made it past the thinking stage. I’m also making more effort to connect and be in touch with loved ones. I view that as one of the better uses of my time.

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      • victoracquista says:

        Thank you GD! I feel reluctant to use the co-op for that purpose, but I will take you up on the FB touting when the time comes 🙂

        What I will do is put some thoughts together about some of the prongs I am using and others that I am not in the framework of my plan. I’ve suffered through many marketing related webinars and I am rather skeptical about “proven” approaches. I know you and I have discussed this. I think you and others can appreciate this:

        Disclaimer: Neither Nick Stephenson nor “Your First 10,000 Readers” nor WJ Books Ltd promise any specific results as a result of purchasing this training (eg – you have to put in the work) and any results, testimonials, or figures quoted on this page are not intended to imply guaranteed financial gains.

        This is not something I signed up for but after exhaustively telling you how great the training is, this disclaimer appears at the end.Need I say more? No magic bullets in my experience but time and money wasted or not wasted. I do think what works for one person may or may not work for another. I think an outline would actually be useful as a launching pad for discussion.

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        • @Victor
          On APRIL 26, 2016, Curtis posted the Writers Co-ops’ very first blog:
          “And some time ago [on Penguin’s Book Country] a thread was started by GD Deckard, in which he wrote the following: ‘I’m thinking of a site that new writers can use to promote their books.'”

          Curtis added, “Because who wants to write a book and then not promote it? That’s like a painter working for years on a picture, then turning it to the wall. So here in the Co-op we try things out, see what works and what doesn’t, and tell each other about it. And not just each other, obviously. …. The Co-op welcomes anyone who’s willing to invest a little time and effort into promoting books worth reading.”

          So, yes, my friend, please do use the Writers Co-op to promote your book(s) and yourself as an author.

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  4. My day-to-day hasn’t changed much, except more Zoom meetings and irritability. I’ve been writing poetry, and I made a video for a story that is in the current issue of Mom Egg Review. I spent the whole day yesterday researching markets for the latest flurry of rejected stories and poems–and sending them back out to try, try again.

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  5. mimispeike says:

    I look forward to more issues, as long as I can put something together that fits the concept. What might I fit with? Delusional thinking. My frog believes he’s an enchanted prince. What else? I have to think about it.

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  6. Perry Palin says:

    Our rural home is a perfect place to practice social distancing. We’re starting our farm and garden work for the year. In the last week I’ve been to the lumberyard for two loads of fence posts to maintain our twenty year old fences, I had the horse vet out for annual wellness checks and vaccinations, and I picked up two 3-pound packages of honeybees and installed them in hive boxes in our little apiary. Today I walked the dog along our west tree line and found the neighbor working on his side of the fence. We had a nice visit, maintaining a 20 foot distance between us.

    My wife and I miss visiting with the kids and granddaughters, restaurant meals, live theatre, live music, the public library, and regular meetings of the organizations to which we belong. We watch TV and read books and do puzzles, and watch the birds and animals that visit the yard and pastures. I like a quiet life, but this is a step too far.

    I’ve written one short story, and I’m taking my time in self-editing, with no immediate plan to submit. My slow writing is due more to the spring outdoor work, which I enjoy as much as writing, than it is to the virus.

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  7. mimispeike says:

    As we come to the end of another week at home, I am trying to put a pirate hat on a frog and have it look natural. Frogs have no dome to the skull for it to sit on, how does it stay on? I tried a bandana, that’s no good. It would sit flat to the skull behind the big eyes and be next to invisible. Frog heads are a problem for a hat unless you hook it over an eye. Maybe I’ll give it a chin strap. The hanging cords you see in Johnny Depp movies might be tied up under the chin.

    Also, I am watching Photoshop tutorials. I’ve picked up a few tricks that are immediately useful, but most of all, I am depressed at how much I don’t know. I’ve been winging it in P-Shop, doing well with that, but I’ve much to learn. Some of it is kinda gimmicky stuff that I don’t really need, some I may find damn useful. I set myself a goal of watching three tutorials a day and taking notes and trying the instruction out. Or, maybe two tutorials. This is exhausting.

    I’ve tried out – so far – about a dozen types of headgears on my frog, also exhausting.

    Then on to my hedgehog. Herk Hedgehog is glum. He’s shed his quills in terror from an attack by a gang of savage chicks, playing pirate. Sly will try to cheer him up by offering him the wearing of his prized Viking helmet, unearthed, he says, out in a field. It’s actually a horn-shaped-feet chalice I found on the web. Turned upside-down on the head it would 1. fit a hedgehog/cat head and 2. look sort of like a loony kind of metal helmet. Sly, seeing the possibilities, had lifted it off an altar somewhere.

    I took back up with my six children’s books, telling the story of Sly’s childhood. I will shortly jump back on the novel.

    Not that a hedgehog thinks this clearly, but a reader might wonder: how does a man-sized helmet fit on a cat noggin? My husband tells me the orange cat in England was carried over by the invaders.

    Sly’s explanation: one warrior loved his cat so much he made it a tiny helmet, the eighth-century version of those YouTube videos of cats/dogs/pigs/what-have-you dressed up as pirates and clowns and such.

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  8. Great photo, GD! I work from home so work hasn’t changed. I’m working inconsistently on the WIP for Book 3 and spending time differently with the fam (usually we’re in the car on to & from sports). Oh and trading memes about social distancing with my favorite hockey moms!

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