Wednesday, May 06, 2020

May Update

Hey. I hope this finds everyone doing well. I hope you are staying in if you are able to. If you are one of our essential workers then thank you for your work. We all need to work together to not only keep yourself safe but also everyone else. These are going to be...interesting times as cities, counties, and states begin the process of re-opening over the next several months. If you are able to or have to, please stay home, and if you have to go out, wear a mask and wash up when you get home. Make sure you get enough outside time and make sure to spend some time with friends, even if it's just over a video chat. If you believe you have or have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your local health department, hospital, or your healthcare provider. If you believe that you need mental health in coping with all the everything that's going on, you can contact the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). If you have lost your job and are having trouble making ends meet, contact your state unemployment office immediately. There are also resources such as 2-1-1 to find places to financially help in your area. Feeding America, and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) are also available. You can also find out if there are any local food banks in your area.

I've been working on trying to get posts here finished. Some have been easier than others. I've barely written anything on my novel which kind of sucks but I hope to get started on them soon. There are a couple other book-related things I would like to get started on but they will probably have to wait until the summer when I don't have meetings every day. I know the meetings are only an hour a day but good lord they take a lot out of me. It's not just me. There has been research conducted. Who would've thought talking to a handful of kids over online video would be more tiring than standing for 7 hours a day among 550 students.

When I finish the short list of short stories I have planned I plan on focusing completely on my novels. I am also going to focus on local and regional history, especially the history of every settlement that ever existed in Shawnee County, Kansas and continuing my social media posts on cemeteries and gravestones. If you would like to check out my social media, I am on Twitter and Instagram. If you would like to support my writing or research, you can buy me a cup of coffee over on Ko-fi.