Everyone seems to be talking about the 'New Normal', referring, of course, to our Life In A Time Of Coronavirus. The tragedies, restrictions and changed priorities of the last few months may well mean our living abnormally for some considerable while.
Everywhere you look, people are writing about this, and so I don't intend to dwell. One point I'd like to make is that alongside heartfelt condolences to those who have lost the fight against this dreadful virus, and the thanks due to our medical professionals and carers, praise should also be given to our youth and children. They have had their lives thrown into a dichotomy of new disciplines versus utter chaos. For the more significant part, it seems they have coped brilliantly and stoically with a situation that has created both fear and draconian restrictions to their lives.
This has been in sharp contrast to the bleating and self-pity shown by many so-called 'grown-ups' complaining about lifestyle restrictions, the lack of holiday opportunities abroad, and the imposition of essential face masks in public places. So, well done our young people. Praise where praise is due and thank you for a compassionate reaction to the events of the past months. It bodes well for all our futures.
In other, far less important news, I'm getting stuck into the new novel, Blood Rock, and am loving the phase of the process where I attempt to get all my plotting and research 'ducks in a row'. The hard graft of actually writing the novel lies ominously ahead, but then you only get out of life what you put into it. Which, I guess, is the point I've tried to make above.
Hoping you are all well and enjoying reading the many exciting novels that have been published recently. There are some crackers. Why not check into Partners In Crime online podcast, where we attempt to recommend as many of them as possible.
All best wishes. Robert.