Like most of us, I've been slowed down a bit the past week or so by the chaos and disruption of the coronavirus, but I hope to get back to posting more new authors and some recent reading soon.
As some of you will have seen on the news, San Francisco has been ordered to "shelter in place", effective yesterday evening until April 7, meaning streets and sidewalks are becoming eerily quiet and we are more or less housebound. Andy and I are working from home, which is taking some adjustment, but we are very fortunate in that we will therefore continue to be paid as usual. Andy has been joking that if the virus doesn't get us, being confined to our apartment together might! We are, however, allowed to go for walks (gyms are closed), fetch food from restaurants (carryout only) and grocery stores, and go to medical appointments and other necessary errands, though we must keep a distance of six feet from anyone we encounter along the way. I suspect we're all dealing with something similar, or if anyone isn't you may soon be...
I'm cheered, though, by the news that by the end of the week some new films, including Emma, which we have been looking forward to, are apparently being released for rental via streaming services (at least in the US, hopefully elsewhere as well). So there's at least one evening's entertainment taken care of--has anyone seen it yet?
We are both healthy and crossing our fingers we remain so, and I hope all of you do too. Please take good care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. A fellow introvert at work joked that she hadn't realized it but she'd apparently been preparing for a pandemic her whole life, social distancing and all, and I have to say the idea of staying at home for a few weeks doesn't cause much alarm for me, but I know that for others it will be quite difficult.
I find that in the past week I've been thinking often about the folks in London and other locations during the Blitz who stood air raids all night long and still showed up for work the next day and then went and stood in lines for their rations. For the most part, we're not in anything like that kind of crisis yet, and I very much hope we won't be, but that period always provides me with some very useful inspiration and perspective.
Stay well, and more from me soon!