This is not the year that I, or anyone really, had anticipated. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has created a new normal and interrupted the lives of millions.
This particular crisis has brought to the forefront the concept of one's own mortality as hundreds pass globally by the day. Beyond that, for me anyway, the current scenario has also highlighted how interconnected our planet really is - even more than Climate Change.
I am not so oblivious as to think I am the only one negatively impacted by the current crisis. In fact, I fully realize that practically everyone on the planet has experienced at least some unforeseen repercussions from the spread of the virus, and many face far worse situations than I now find myself. The fact of the matter is, I am truly thankful to be fortunate enough to still be able to support the household. I'm thankful that my family has remained healthy during this ordeal; however, I cannot say that I'm not disappointed by 2020.
Coming into 2020, I was looking at it to be a banner year for me and my career as a writer. The spring release of new editions for Die Anne and Harvest were supposed to coincide with the release of Transformer and kickoff a multi-city promotional tour. A major marketing campaign was also planned for the same period. Instead, sales of my works have slumped as independent bookstores have been forced to close their doors, the release of Transformer has been pushed back to 2021 as has the marketing campaign, and the tour has been suspended until further notice - an unexpected turn of events.
As we struggle to get through this period, try to keep some perspective. Everyone has to deal with the fallout of COVID-19, and some may not be as fortunate as you find yourself. As such, treat people with respect and understanding, help how and when you can, and make a conscious effort to keep not only yourself, but your family and community, safe.
I understand that it may be difficult during an election year with the charged political climate, but try to put such things aside. Look beyond race, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual preference, and try to see people for who they are. This is a time for all of us to come together.
Stay Safe & Healthy,