This is the last post about the coronavirus for a while. I’m going to continue blogging, but I won’t be drinking from the firehose of facts, figures, and inane ramblings. We all need a break here at what seems to be the end of the First Great Pause. A little peace before we’re called upon to martyr ourselves for the economy and things get unspeakably bad. Because, thanks to the zombies who continue to act is if this is no big deal, it will. The final calm before the inevitable next storm.
The reason I say this is the First Great Pause is because Dr- Bala Hota at Rush University, along with many other people who know what they’re talking about, say this is more like traversing a mountain range rather than scaling a single peak.
I can’t sum things up better than Charles Stross did on his website, so here’s the link. Read it. Someone’s inevitably going to ask how a science fiction writer is qualified to make such projections. He’s at least coming from a place of critical thinking and facts gathered by experts, unlike the garbage being spewed by TV doctors last week. Or, you know, the guy who said this would soon go from 15 cases down to zero, would blow over in April like a miracle, would see the churches packed for Easter.
I’m going to do the only thing I’m able to do at the moment: shelter in place, read, and get a lot of writing done.
The Great Pause
- This week I am not posting about anything that happens beyond the walls of my apartment.
- I am checking email and Twitter DMs twice a day, once after lunch and once after dinner EEST (UTC +3).
- The majority of my time is spent writing and reading.
- Current work in progress: DoubleZero
- Currently reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
- Currently watching: WWE Smackdown, reluctantly. Outside the United States they put it on YouTube 24 hours after it airs live. After what went down this past week, it’s hard to watch.
- Today is Day 34 in isolation.