Life in the Time of Coronavirus #7: Filling in Time

Life in the Time of Coronavirus #7: Filling in Time

19 April, 2020

In an effort to follow my own advice, I’ve been sticking to a Monday-Friday routine of normal work. As I am a writer of short stories and novels, writing is my work. (And attempting to market that writing, which is a whole other ballgame.)

Anyhow, I quite often get asked how I go about writing my stories. So as this blog is meant to be about my personal experience of the COVID-19 lockdown, I thought it might be fun to describe the process of researching and writing my current novel, a Roman historical mystery set in third century Britain. The working title is Governor’s Man: The Bronze Owl.

Here’s how I began the book.

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus #6: Doomsday Book

Life in the Time of Coronavirus #6: Doomsday Book

Saturday 4 – Saturday 11 April

I thought this blogpost would be my usual ramble through my life locked away this week. But I was reminded of something much more important, which I want to share with you. And, of course, it’s a book.

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Book review: The Girl from the Workhouse

Book review: The Girl from the Workhouse

The Girl from the Workhouse by Lynn Johnson, published by Amazon

Imagine you’re a young girl aged eleven, Ginnie Jones by name. It’s 1911 in the Staffordshire Potteries. Your father works hard in Chamberlain’s pottery, but life is okay. You live in a tiny terraced house with your parents and your big sister Mabel. And today is your birthday. Even better, though you can’t read, you’re going to be awarded a book prize at Sunday School.

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus #4: Lockdown

Life in the Time of Coronavirus #4: Lockdown

Monday 23 – Friday 27 March 2020

We were still adjusting to life with social distancing when I got the dreaded text from the NHS. It seems I am one of the UK’s 1.5 million Rapunzels, “at risk of severe illness” and to be locked away in a tower for twelve weeks. Or until Coronavirus goes away. Whatever.

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus #3: Far from the madding crowd?

Life in the Time of Coronavirus #3: Far from the madding crowd?

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 March 2020

On Friday this week, schools and colleges shut in the UK. This was a great relief to our pregnant teacher daughter-in-law, who had been agonising about going to work in her secondary school ever since the Chief Medical Officer indicated that pregnant women are at increased risk.

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus #2: Testing times

Life in the Time of Coronavirus #2: Testing times

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Of all the noteworthy events in my life caused by the Virus so far, one of the hardest to bear has been the sudden closure of our theatre. Sounds petty compared to losing lives, but let me explain. Regular readers will know that we live in the Malvern Hills, a short walk from the pretty Victorian spa resort of Great Malvern. We’re blessed with an unusually large theatre and cinema complex for a small town, attracting audiences from all over the region.

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus blog #1

Life in the Time of Coronavirus blog #1

Sunday 15 March, 2020

So where did it start for us, life in the time of Coronavirus? I suppose it was partway through our recent trip to visit one of our sons and his wife in New Zealand. Initially we were just pleased to find no Chinese tourists there when we arrived in Christchurch on 14 February. New Zealand was fabulous, and continued to be fabulous, relatively empty of too many other tourists and virus-free.

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Death in New Zealand

Death in New Zealand

Or maybe … Murder DownUnder/Death in the South Pacific.

If you’re following our latest travel blog, PeteandJacDownUnder, you’ll know we’re currently on holiday in New Zealand. We’re combining seeing dearly-missed family with a trip we’ve promised ourselves for many years. Continue reading “Death in New Zealand”