If I was a better person, I would be spending the time in lockdown do something wonderful like reading or podcasting or crafting. Instead, I’m not. True, I’m working my socks off, moving from business contracts to focus on (my real editing passion) fiction works. But, I can’t help but feel that I’m somewhat wasting my time in lockdown.
April Fool’s Day somehow didn’t seem to be very funny this year. I always look forward to Google’s April Fool’s Day prank but that was pulled this year. Shame, as we could probably to with a bit of a laugh this year.
What have we learnt a week into lockdown?
I’m not into conspiracy theories. I do believe that man landed on the moon and the Queen is not a lizard-person who came to earth in a pyramid. (What is that all about? Why lizard and why the pyramids?)
‘Self-isolation’ is not a novel idea for many people in society. For some, indeed, it is their daily norm. WFH, or working from home, is how some of us earn our keep and not something that seems strange or innovative. For a whole raft of people, including writers and editors, especially those who freelance, life is continuing pretty much as normal, with the exception that the outside world has gone slightly bonkers.
After yesterday saying that Covid-19 is the virus that gets everyone, from prisoner to royalty, today we get the announcement that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock have tested positive for Covid-19 and the Chief Medical Officer is in self-isolation. Are the men that are giving us advice not following it themselves?
Three days in, the sun, an important topic of conversation in the UK, is out. Ironically, it seems, the only time we get sun is the only time we’re not allowed to properly enjoy it. Still, gardens should be well tended to this year.
Perhaps it was the news that the Prince of Wales had contracted Covid-19. Perhaps it was that everyone, finally, has run out of room to put all the toilet rolls, bottles of cooking oil and frozen foods.
My intention is to give a daily record of my own life during this rather turbulent time. It is not fact checked, it is not editorially sound and is merely my own reflections to look back on in years to come. One day, this will be in a history textbook!