Wednesday, April 1, 2020

IWSG - April

It's April, so it's time for the Insecure Writers' Support Group. In this weird old world we find ourselves living in, this month's question is a goodie!

The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

How are things in my world?

Well, they're different.  A week ago our Prime Minister put the entire country into lockdown for 4 weeks.  Suddenly my 15-year-old son was the only member of our household still considered "essential", so he is the only one who can leave the house and go to work (he works at a supermarket).

Both kids were doing school online last week, but the Ministry of Education moved the school holidays up a couple of weeks so now they're on vacation.  I think my younger son is going to spend the entire time on his device, gaming or watching stupid videos on You-Tube...  My older one bought himself a guitar the day before the lockdown and has been teaching himself to play.  He's quite surprisingly good, considering he's never had a lesson.

I'm working at home, something I've done before only when I've had major projects that needed focus and no interruptions.  And it's hard.  And much more tiring than I would have expected.  I don't think I ever realized quite how much we feed off the energy of other people in the workplace, but working alone at home is far more tiring than being in the office.

This is our new normal.  For four weeks.   But I suspect it will be longer than that.  The number of cases of Covid-19 are still rising, and yesterday the first person died from it in our country.  Things are going to get worse before they get better.

But to look on the bright side, I'm not sick, I'm still employed, unlike many other people and our house is big enough to accommodate four people working at home.  There are plenty of beautiful places to walk when going out for exercise and even beaches within easy walking distance.  We have technology to keep in close contact with friends and family so being locked down doesn't mean being isolated.

Who knows?  I may even manage to do some writing...


  1. Hi Kate. Working from home is exhausting. As for now I am considered essential too, being in the field of education. I think it’s wonderful about learning the guitar. My own kiddos love to play their musical instruments together to pass the time. Music is healing.

  2. Yeah, you're son's job is definitely essential. Funny how people never realized it until now. I hope he stays safe out there.