IWSG: My Time in Exile


This is the first Wednesday of the month, and that means IWSG Day! Like much of the “free” world, I am currently writing this from inside my home in the course of a weeks-long lock down to help slow the spread of a deadly disease in order to make the terrible less terrible.

I know that many of my fellow writers are using this as an excellent time to do excellent things such as a) editing that novel and b) finishing that novel and c) researching that novel or d) short stories.

In all honesty, I’ve been a bit busy with option f) Freaking Out.

Yes, even though I have had a job (writing) that requires a lot of private time, suddenly I’m feeling like a gerbil freaking out every time it reaches yet another invisible wall.

I know it’s at least partly that I recently got a great job and recently reconnected with a great church community. Both of which are now closed. I also find it disheartening that there are signs like this one everywhere.


I mean, dinosaurs got 177 million years on earth, and we’ve only been here for 200,000. Come on, human race. If Jeff Goldblum could do it, we can give dinosaurs a run for their money too.

Honesty time. I do not like Being Told What To Do. Because I’m an American darn it. I live in the land of the free and the more than occasionally ridiculously stupid, where we have hit songs about our tendency to make the same mistake again for the tenth time because – seriously? – that wall is STILL there???

Yep. It’s frustrating. But Stay Home. Please. Gaia will thank you.

The Presence of Gaia

I’d like to say that – yeah, I will do what the doctors say and be Zen about it. I can pretty much get the first part down, but the second part gets my mind pacing like a caged tiger not-so-secretly planning my escape.

captive tiger

I imagine I’m not the only one feeling this way, so … yeah.

Anyway, how are you all doing? Finding writing harder or easier? Finding life in general harder or easier? Or is it just another day at the office?

17 thoughts on “IWSG: My Time in Exile

  1. I’ve been freaking out in my own way.
    BUT… I’d rather remain as positive as I can, given the fact that there are toooooooo many who are a million times worse off than I am.
    That tiger is a beauty.
    You gotta see him close up in real life – amazing!
    Take care, Anne.

  2. I’m finding everything pretty difficult right now, and writing? Forgettaboutit.

    Still, grateful for my loved ones, and all the people who are putting themselves at risk to take care of others and keep our world running.

    We’ll get through this (I hope). Stay well.

  3. Didn’t the dinosaurs turn on each other? I hope we are smarter and have more common sense than that.
    I am missing church so much, I had no idea that I would feel that way but wow it’s almost Easter. I’ve never not gone to church on Easter. Sad.
    Wishing you health, peace and safety and a few good writing sessions.

  4. Like you, I’m accustomed to working from home, but I am still having a hard time with this. I had to wait until my kids reached a certain age so I had the freedom to go places, and now that’s been taken away again. But we’ll all get through this. Hang in there.

  5. I am definitely retooling how I operate in the future. There really isn’t a reason I needed to pop over to a store several times a week. My home brewed coffee is no less tasty than Starbuck’s. And my garden will grow more veg then flowers this year–this was already planned, pre-pandemic, so I’m fortunate to already have the seedlings underway. Stay well, everyone!

  6. I think too much information is an issue these days. People either start panicking or just do not take anything seriously.

  7. Good on you for being honest, Anne. I don’t like being told what to do either. I must admit I long for life to go back to normal.

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