My writing schedule ain’t what it used to be.

For the past few years, I have been quite disciplined to write Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to about noon or 1 p.m. I am working on a manuscript for “Bleeder,” book #3 in my Lisa Powers series, complete with recently revised “Save the Cat” outline, and am anxious to start on a new novel in a potential new series.

But right now, I’m either too distracted by the pandemic to write, or find that Zoom meetings are popping up nearly every day – and sometimes four, like today, with two at the same time – and yes, I could listen to one on my iPad and the other on my phone with an earpiece. Or I can always be making more masks…

So, I finally stopped beating myself up over not sticking to my schedule, and instead figure it’s okay if I write for an hour or get 500 words down.

My schedule’s been the same since about 2017, so I figured some adjustments were needed anyway. So, since I’m also an “artist in residence” – instead of “shelter in place” – I am scheduling more art time, which is something I have been able to do, whether it’s polymer clay or fiber. I always feel much better after being in my studio, too.

Used to be, I wouldn’t go out of the house without mascara and lipstick. Early on, I would still make sure to be “camera ready” for Zoom meetings, but now I’m lucky to run a brush through my hair.

But I do love the short commute to Zoom meetings: a few steps to my desk, complete with coffee warmer, tabletop tripod and mini-ring light. I’m thrilled to be able to take part in a couple of out-of-state and out-of-town art and writing groups which are now offering Zoom gatherings. And I’m encouraging our local groups to continue Zoom even after we are able to meet in person – whenever that might be – so that we can keep our snowbirds, travelers, anyone who is sick or just doesn’t want to drive across town to a meeting.

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Stay healthy!