With the pandemic raging on, I hope everyone is staying safe and being diligent. On a personal note, I have received both doses of the Moderna vaccine. No side effects other than a sore arm for a day or so. I continue to follow CDC guidelines and Dr. Fauci so I’m still wearing a mask and staying socially distant, but I have ventured out a little more. Still, many more people need to get vaccinated. We all need to do our part if we are going to be successful in getting through this.
On the writing front, I have been concentrating on putting together my next short story collection, which I hope to have out in the summer or early fall. It has been a bit of an ordeal working on this project. For a long period, I had writer’s block. My mind seemed to just go blank, creatively. Part of the reason, if not all, had to do with the pandemic which I felt sucked the creative energy out of me. Why, I’m not sure. I was spending more time than ever at home and sure had the time to write. But in the back of my mind, COVID-19 was lurking.
I admit it; COVID had me worried. Worried I would catch it and worried my wife would catch it. We both have underlying conditions that could have made it worse. Fortunately, we did not.
One day, searching for inspiration, I searched through my files of stories I’ve rejected because I felt they were not good enough. I came across this one story written a few years back and thought, hey, this is worth revisiting. I worked on it until I got it to a point where I said to myself, “YES!” This will work. That spark reignited my creative juices, and I have been on a roll. As I continued to write fresh stories, I realized a similar theme was emerging in everyone. Wow!
Soon, I will reveal the book’s title and a list of some of stories that will be included, all connected by this one theme.
I’m excited. Stay tune for more.