It has been almost seven months since my company switched to working from home. Many things have changed since March—a month that now feels like it is from another era. The day job continues, and we are working harder than ever within the confines of our own homes. I don’t miss the two hours I spent on the road, or dodging Los Angeles traffic on a daily basis. I do miss the people, and the easy ability to pop into my co-worker’s office and chat, or suggest lunch. Someday!
One of the things I have noticed is that I’m reverting back to certain pastimes I enjoyed when I was younger. As a kid I was fascinated with puzzles and puzzle books. I used to get those books that had all sorts of different puzzles—not just crosswords but cryptograms or word searches. I went through a Mad Lib phase. When I was a little bit older, I did a brief flurry when I collected board and card games.
I got away from all of that in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Sometimes I would do the Sunday crossword or an occasional Sudoku but most of the time I didn’t do any puzzles at all.
That’s all changed as I hunker down at home. I still get the Sunday paper delivered and with that the Los Angeles Times throws in Thursday through Saturday for “free” as part of my subscription. I couldn’t get them to stop delivering these papers and mostly I tossed them directly into recycling. I very much enjoyed doing the Sunday paper crossword and longed for more. Then I remembered that those non-Sunday papers, the maligned ones that got chucked into recycling, also held crosswords. Eureka! Those papers were saved! Now I have a daily crossword four days of the week that tickle my imagination. I have crossword apps on my phone, but it’s not the same. There’s something about doing them on the page that can’t be replicated by apps.
Maybe it’s a way of keeping my mind occupied. I’m not sure. I know that I am now excited to get those papers and flip to the comics section to do that daily puzzle. It’s like I went full circle and reverted back to my youth. Whatever works, right?
I hope you are all healthy and staying safe out there.
In writing news, I just finished a blog tour for my third Universe Chronicles series book called Storming Time. Here’s a blurb!
A fast car, a little weather manipulation to cover his tracks, and Zared Hersh’s emergency extraction job is done. But when Hannah Nickels dives into his front seat, something about her aquamarine eyes strikes him like lightning.
Hannah’s been groomed to join Universe from the moment her time-freezing talent emerged. But recently, her power’s been glitchy.
In the relative safety of Universe HQ in Richmond, their relationship grows. But Hannah has a second, more dangerous power. And as her control slips, someone with a hidden agenda sets her up to fall—straight into Whisper’s trap.
Claire Davon has written on and off for most of her life, starting with fan fiction when she was very young. She writes across a wide range of genres, and does not consider any of it off limits. Her novels can be found in the paranormal romance and contemporary romance sections, while her short stories run the gamut. If a story calls to her, she will write it. She currently lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time writing novels and short stories, as well as doing animal rescue and enjoying the sunshine. Claire can be found at: www.clairedavon.com