Because of COVID-19, my trips to town are rare these days. I go mostly to buy a few groceries, especially produce, and the stores are usually out of EGGS and always out of TOILET PAPER. So far the virus has stayed away from my family, but with an outbreak nearby our movements have become very limited. Coronavirus news from close to home and around the world draws my attention each day and I wonder how life could have changed so fast. A few weeks ago I was in the library on a routine visit and now . . . it's closed.
But while an emergency requires upheaval, another essential part of human life is a sense of normal. Of things that remain in place no matter what. Steady rocks that provide anchors. Whether it’s just watching a favorite movie, finding encouraging prayers and verses online, walking or snuggling pets—anything—doing these things reminds me of a world without COVID-19. It provides perspective. I can remember what things were like before and what they will one day be like again. Even if there are permanent changes, things WILL become a little more normal eventually.
Routines are precious because they link us in a crisis situation to what we were like in an ordinary time before. It keeps us from losing our identity. All over the world, people are trying to keep a sense of normal in the midst of this situation--even doctors and nurses, although their lives are anything but normal right now. Sending these posts to you helps me maintain a bit of my life the way it used to be because I've written and blogged for many years. I trust in each of your lives you are also finding hope in the things that have survived around you. The things you’re still able to do.
And hope is what’s always really out there, if we know how to find it.
And there will be more updates.
Pleasant Fiction in an Age of Noise
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When I set about defining my books, I wanted them to be positive places where a gentleness emanated from the pages. A hopeful safety lies in gentleness and there's also an honesty to it. A whirlwind of pushy book blurbs and hot characters (or whatever type character the author wants you to admire) can conceal a reality underneath. A quiet--possibly even lurking--reality that's more visible if you dial down the volume. That lurking reality isn't necessarily bad, but like anything quiet, it gets drowned out by conflict and angst. Peaceful fiction can help explore the truth that noisy books ignore.
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