How much writing have you done under quarantine?

Stocked up on food (this is a recurrent theme)

I have been asked the question from the title by so many well-meaning people these past couple of months, and I always feel bad about my answer because it’s been, “Not much. It’s difficult to write at this moment.” And that’s the truth. It’s difficult to spin fiction when the world’s story is the most compelling. However, I have been up to quite a lot in my afternoons, when I’m done with teaching virtually for the day. The hours I typically devote to writing have been spent in some interesting ways.


Received an A in my School Law class.

Celebrated one of my favorite holidays virtually.

Figured out Zoom.

Celebrated another holiday virtually

Stared into the void of Covid statistics and projections.

Did a little landscaping to prep for…

…these crazies.

Fell in love with this adorable picture.

Oh, yeah, released a novel.

Took adorable pics of my dogs.

Started rooting avocado seeds (I used to do this with my grandmother)

Found life was starting.

Stocked up on food…again.

Celebrated Mother’s Day.

Picked up a new car.

And, you guessed it…kidding. This is the same pic as the first. But I did stock up again 😉

The point of this is not that I’m avoiding writing or have no intentions of getting back to it, but that I’m the same as everyone else. I’m looking for the good during these crazy times. I’m living my life under restrictions and am finding ways to keep my mind occupied so that when I return to the page it is not all about pandemics and sorrow. That reality must unfold on its own, and it is our job to play by its rules, be careful, stay healthy, wash our hands, and wear our masks. Then we can think of creating stories, of something new. Unless we’ve already begun, while toiling away under quarantine.

Please take care of yourself and others. 


The Two-Week Cliff

Hey! How’s everyone doing out there? Now that schools in New York State are closed for in-school learning for the year, I am sure some of you are a little on edge. I don’t blame you. But soon enough, it will be summer, and then… I really have no clue. I’m not psychic. I write stories and teach English, so I’ll stay in my lane.

Which brings me to the cliff. Today One in Ten has been out for two weeks. Therefore, on Amazon, it’s about to fall off the cliff, or keep the earth below its feet. The algorithms that drive the almighty Amazon are ruthless and will let One in Ten fall and then move onto the next similar title. Unless.

Unless there are sales and/or reviews. So, if you have not reviewed, pretty please, do. If you have been on the fence about reading, pick up a copy. Tell a friend who you think might be interested. Heck, buy one for your mother for Mother’s’ Day 😉 

In a sad turn of events, much like those Murder Hornets, One in Ten is incredibly relevant right now. While we are squirreled away, those who are addicted to opioids are dying. Based on the lack of empathetic response from our federal government to the pandemic, I can imagine an approach similar to that found in One in Ten for those suffering from addiction. Give it a read, you’ll see what I mean.

Thank you for your readership these past two weeks. It’s been fun to see the purchases, library loans, and reviews in real-time. Please keep up the effort and help keep One in Ten from falling off the cliff. I don’t think Amazon sells a rope long enough to save it.