Is this what normal looks like?

A couple of weeks ago I participated in my first in person reader event in two years–my first time showing off the complete Hands of Destin series with all four books on display. It was really a rush to see them all lined up like that and realize that even with the struggles of the last few years, I’ve accomplished a lot!

The book fair was part of the Chicago-North Spring Fling Writers Conference, which meant I got to navigate airports and shuttles and restaurants during my trip. All things I am completely out of practice with!

I had a good time at the conference and book fair. It was really wonderful to talk to writer friends I hadn’t seen in years and also make some new connections. It was also the most socializing I’ve done since 2019, and there was a constant dance of when and where to mask to minimize my risk of bringing any germs back to my family, while also needing to eat. Even before covid, conference crud was a thing I tended to be susceptible to, so in some ways it was nice to be able to wear a mask in large group settings and not be the only one.

I’m not sure we’ll ever get back to exactly the way things used to be, and I’m okay with that, especially because some areas have gotten even better. The Spring Fling was a hybrid event with all the speeches and workshops, and even pitches, available online for those who couldn’t come in person for whatever reason. Even as an in-person attendee, this is a treat since it means I can check out all the workshops I missed. I really hope that kind of flexibility becomes the norm and we don’t lose some of the valuable tools we gained from the last couple of difficult years.

What about you? Are there any changes from the last couple of years that you hope stick around? Are you traveling or venturing into crowds yet, or still sticking close to home?


Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.

When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.

Jaycee is a Golden Heart® finalist and author of the Hands of Destin series. The award winning first book in that series, Taxing Courtship, released in June 2018. The final book in that series, Crowning Courtship, came out in May 2021.

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3 Responses to Is this what normal looks like?

  1. pamelagibson says:

    I haven’t ventured out much yet. Hard to leave a disabled spouse, even for two or three days. But I am really missing the ocean, so I might be packing up my spouse and heading to the beach soon. Good that you were able to attend an in person conference. Those are so much fun. As for me? Maybe soon.

    • JayceeJarvis says:

      It is so important to take care of ourselves and our vulnerable loved ones. Finding a way to go to the beach sounds like a good adventure. Outdoors is always good!

  2. viola62 says:

    I’m a teacher, so I’m definitely out and about. My husband and I have definitely ventured out, and yes, I hope more people still work at home and that things like Zoom meetings continue.

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