How are you all doing?
Me, I am trying to imagine that at least some things will be sorted by the end of summer in time for publication of Prozac Monologues: A Voice from the Edge. So here I am, working in my New Normal Coffee Shop to meet my next deadline, a deadline that COVID-19 has not erased.
This stage is called "first pages." In the photo I have in front of me a printout of the design people's first version of the book pages, the interior of the book. I am working at the dining room table, my current coffee shop in the new normal, because my office doesn't have a table.
Actually right this minute I am standing in front of my standing desk where I write. It's in my New Normal Bar, a function of my office that has risen now that other local establishments have moved to take-out only. Though I can't figure out the take-out martini.
Not drinking martinis lately. I allow myself a daily wee dram from my whisky/whiskey collection you see at the left. My favorite recent acquisition (I'm more of a collector than a drinker) is an Irish whiskey called "Writer's Tears."
What with book events being cancelled right and left, and book stores shuttering their doors or turning like restaurants to take out and delivery, it's an uncertain time in the book business. But we carry on and search for alternative ways. My local bookstore, Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, Oregon has never delivered books before. But they are happy to do so now. They continue their excellent service of recommending titles, albeit over the phone. They are also happy to ship books to you too, when you order from their site.
You can also still order books from your own local bookstore. Go to Indiebound.org, fill in your zip code, and there you go, a way to support a local business from the safety of your own home. Not to mention filling in your own time by reading a good book while sitting in your own New Normal Coffee Shop or Bar. Their logo is on the left of this blog.
For my own book, I am in a season of hurry hurry hurry wait, currently the hurry hurry hurry part. I have a boatload of work to do this week. Find the typos. Find the wonky formatting. Then I send it off to them and wait for them to send me another boatload of work to do. The next boatload is called "second pages." Isn't that clever.
Given that stage, I confess my blog doesn't get a whole lot of depth analysis of issues psychiatric this week. I am cutting myself a break, and urge you to do the same where you can. Let's all of us cut each other a break so as not to push anybody who is on the edge over the edge.
With that in mind, giving myself a break, I draw your attention to the labels section of this blog on the right. I have noticed that my readership has gone up lately, and that people are reading not just recent posts, but from my archives as well. The labels section can guide you to what interests you most. There are about a hundred of them ranging across specific brain parts, particular scientists and authors, therapies, concepts from the mental health field, spirituality, humor... Click on an item, up will pop the posts that address that topic in some way. If you find a broken link, let me know. I'll try to fix it.
Meanwhile, how are you doing? How are you spending your time? What do you want to say? Click on the word "comments" below this post and add your thoughts.