Self-Isolation…or Not?

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The Governor of California has mandated that all the old folks–60 and above–isolate themselves, meaning stay home. Well, I will stay home most of the time, but I’m never isolated because my house is full of people: my husband, granddaughter, husband, their 3 little girls,  and daughter-in-law who lives next-door and is here everyday off and on. And when my son is off work–he works M-T away–he’s here off and on.

I really need to go shopping, but guess I’m not supposed to. Will see about ordering on line.

Our church has not closed its doors, and I went yesterday and will go again next Sunday. It’s a small church, we had about 25 to 30 in attendance.

My writers group is still meeting once a week and I’m going to attend.

Along with other writing conferences two I planned to attend have been cancelled.

So what will I be doing? Much of the same things I always do, and I will be writing. This virus can’t stop that activity.  Most of the promotion I’ve done lately has been on line, so I’ll still be doing that too.

We can all catch up on our reading too. Isn’t it wonderful that we can transport ourselves all over to new environments without leaving home? The book I’m reading now is set in France.

As for my writing, I’m about 3/4 of the way through my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.  This one is set near where I live, though it is fictionalized, and has some interesting and quirky characters.

So what are you doing during this most unusual time?





10 thoughts on “Self-Isolation…or Not?

  1. I live in Washington state and we’ve had our fair share of drama here. The way I look at it, use common sense and be discerning. I still go to the store, but that’s about it. And I wear gloves while shopping. Can’t hurt. And, Marilyn, your books are a good distraction for people right now. Keep it up. Remember the old saying that there’s nothing to fear but fear itself. We can be cautious without being fearful. I wish you all good health.


  2. Good post, Marilyn. We need to take precautions but not be all doom and gloom. Fortunately for me, living as rural as we do, little has changed. We go about our day doing our chores, and regular lives. It was different when I bought groceries because the shelves weren’t all full but they weren’t devastatingly empty like you see in some photos. But the maddening thing is people from the cities come here and buy what little we are allotted. Our Safeway only gets 3 truck loads a week. When outsiders come in and buy up groceries then we don’t have what our community needs. That’s not cool. I have a book coming out next week and working hard on revisions to an old trilogy and writing a new book. Writing life goes on.


  3. We are at one of the country’s ground zeros, San Jose California. You don’t want to have where you are become what we are. It’s against the law to go out unless it is for essential things. All non-essential businesses are closed. I try to keep apprised of the developments. Things are changing rapidly. I have to be ready to change my actions with it. I practice social distancing. I, along with many of my fellow writers, am fortunate that much of our world is of the mind and virtual. My sales have been picking up not in any small part because of the shelter-at-home mandates across the globe. I am blogging about my experiences every day during this shelter-at-home. And of course, writing, writing, writing. Lastly, I trust in the Lord but wash my hands.

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  4. Things keep changing. I do have a podiatrist appt. tomorrow and they are open, received a reminder call. Will try doing a little shopping after.. See what I can get.

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  5. Nice post, Marilynn. This is a difficult time for all of us, but like you, I’m looking on the bright side and using the shelter-in-place time to write, read and reach out to friends and family through remote contact. Stay safe and be well. Karen


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