Just, wow. March 6, 2020
There is so much going on in our world right now that I find it overwhelming. It’s a great time to read, or binge TV shows, or watch movies. All good things to do in your own house if you are worried about the coronavirus—and don’t want people in paper suits and masks saying things like, “self-quarantine”. For some reason this phrase is frightening. When I was younger I used to devour books like The Plague and this is far too close to fiction.
I am not watching the news (local or otherwise), but I’m searching specific things in bite-sized chunks. California has declared a state of emergency. My daughter and granddaughter live in San Diego. I can’t just hop in the car and go get them. My mom lives in Washington state, and holy crap, there are more cases there than Florida. People have died. I worry about my family. I worry about my friends. I have people I love that aren’t well, and I really worry about them. Greece has a surge of folks ill with the CV. Will our Greece writer’s event be cancelled? Will our flights be refunded? Money is truly the least of my concerns, and considering we live on a writer’s budget, that’s saying a lot.
Racism toward China has reared its very ugly head. It’s not right—and it’s not the fault of the guy on the street who ended up in the hospital with bone fractures to his face because thugs bullied him out of fear and ignorance.
Racism and diversity have been a theme this year as Romance Writers of America has been turned inside out. It’s been a rough ride for the organization and I thought about resigning but chose to stay. I hope that RWA will be stronger at the end of all this. The incident that sparked things a few months ago could have been avoided if people had been kind and not provoking, in my opinion. From the beginning it was a cluster. Don’t say things on social media that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face.
As if that’s not enough, it’s the time of year for politics. I have one eye open as I scroll Facebook—politics are everywhere, and people forget that basic rule of kindness.
When things are so out of sync, it’s hard to remember that simple rule: be kind.
So, because I don’t want to be truly unaware of what’s happening, and yet I truly don’t want to get pulled into all of the OMG out there, I have signed up for CNN’s five things you should know every day.
How are you coping with everything? Share your tips in the comments below!
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With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it’s a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.