If someone would have told me on Friday, March 13th, 2020 that I would still be working from home on March 26th, 2021, I would have told them that was impossible. The company shut down that Friday for an experiment in working from home that we thought would last a few weeks. Then a few months. One of the Directors took up a pool about when we would return to the office. The latest date projected was August, 2020. Needless to say, nobody won that pool.
It feels like a lifetime ago. A year ago, I waited in line at the grocery store in the pre-dawn hours of March 14th to stock up on supplies. I did not wear a mask. I had no idea then that the world we lived in would be completely different. Now I have a supply of masks both in my house and in my car so I never run out.
Most of my social interactions are done through Zoom or through the few supply runs I take to the grocery store and the drugstore. I have a routine—I find comfort in those—and regularly see two people in my weekly grocery store outings. One is a former co-worker, and one a neighbor. I look forward to those masked chats and sometimes make sure I schedule my Saturday so that I will go to the store around that time to say hi to one or both of them.
Things are starting to ease and I am beginning to imagine a world in which I do more than gleefully look forward to going to Ace Hardware for hose caddies as a break from my usual routine. My parents are vaccinated and my turn will come soon. Then maybe I’ll feel more secure about doing things outside of the bare essentials. I would love to go to the beach, for instance. It’s not that far to Santa Monica and the idea of dipping my toes in the water is compelling.
It hasn’t been all bad. I got a lot of writing done and would like to keep that up however the world looks in a few months. I did many home improvement projects. I saved a ton on gas and the fact that I didn’t have to deal with the daily Los Angeles commute de-stressed me significantly. I hope that we never have to go back to that soul-crushing nightmare five days a week.
As the world opens up, I would love to start going to book signings again. The next one I currently have scheduled isn’t until February of 2022 but maybe something will happen before then. We shall see.
Hope you and yours are safe and thriving!
Below is a little about my Soul Mate books and me.
My third Universe Chronicles series book is called Storming Time. Here’s a blurb and a buy link—if you’re interested!
Storming Time 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