I guess we’re lucky, living on five acres in the country. We’ve grown used to isolation over the past seven years, and we don’t really feel confined. Initially there were some concerns about supplies, but they were soon allayed by excellent delivery services from Publix and Amazon.
The timing of the stay-at-home order probably couldn’t have been worse as we are in the middle of selling and moving out of state. So far, things have proceeded without interruption: inspections, repairs, removal arrangements.
As to my day-to-day activities, they’ve changed very little. I continue to write every day, and I’m still doing a fair bit of editing for regular clients. I have a home gym, so exercise is taken care of, and I play of lot of guitar. I did finally get around to setting up my recording gear so that I can collaborate on songs via the internet.
In the evenings I’ve binge watched Star Trek: Picard (disappointing) and Star Trek: Discovery (great writing and strong performances). As usual, I read a lot too. I like to try different kinds of books from time to time, and recently I’ve read A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie; Solomon Kane by R.E. Howard, The Cruise of the Nona by Hillaire Belloc. Currently reading Face the Music by Paul Stanley.
I’ve probably spent too much time comparing, contrasting and analyzing the various COVID-19 narratives and the daily misinformation and connecting the dots. Less so the last two weeks. Better to focus on the things we can control, rather than those we can’t.
As to work, I’m just starting to look into cover designs for book 1 of a new series set in the world of Aosia and featuring the Nameless Dwarf, Shadrak, and a few other old friends and foes. The title has changed several times during the writing/editing process (Immortal/Once a King/Last of the Exalted/The Abdicant). It’s probably going to be released as “Siege”. There are three books planned. Book 2 is tentatively titled “Tomb”. Tentative release date for SIEGE is mid-June.
Ugly Wormz Music (Theo Prior) put together a great book trailer for The Dark Trilogy:
I’ve just finished reviewing the audio files for Land of Nightmare (Annals of the Nameless Dwarf book 4). Book 3: Curse of the Black Axe has just been sent to retail and will be available in the next few days.
I’ve mostly been working on a novel set in the same world (but not Medryn-Tha). Working title is A Peculiar Kind of Prey. I’ve been drafting and redrafting the first half of the novel for quite some time. It has a very different style to my previous books, and a unique protagonist.
That’s it as far as I’m concerned. How are you all coping with the situation? Please let me know in the comments.