Progress Report 23: a strange beginning


The beginning of this year was good. I finished drawing a chunk of Threads Chapter 7. I started posting When Night Falls, a one-shot I had been sitting on for a year as I tried to finish a template for a CMS I've been building. I also made the official decision to mark My Resident Ghost as discontinued and started working on Laana Maji again instead. When February came, I reserved a table for a local convention and ordered some merchandise: copies of When Night Falls and some keychains based on designs from Threads. Things were moving along smoothly.

Of course, the universe does what it will regardless of your plans.

When the first news of COVID-19 came out, it seemed like a distant issue. Time quickly changed that. As the situation worsened, businesses around me started closing early or changing how they operated. The convention I had planned to attend in March had to reschedule for later in the year. Then my other job shut its doors temporarily. As it stands, I won't be going to my day job until the end of April at the earliest. As the COVID-19 situation progresses, who knows what the future holds. The only thing that I know right now is, I have much more time on my hands.

I've done a lot of thinking over the past few weeks. About the time I have and how I use it, about my habits, good and bad. My day-to-day routine has been disrupted in ways I had never known it could be. It's not a very comfortable feeling, but I'm trying to focus on what I can do for myself. Since I have time, I'm going to make the best of it. Focus on my projects, try to instill some better habits, adjust my daily routine so I can take care of myself better. After all, when you can't do much to help the world,  you can still make your corner of it better.

I wonder what will happen when this is all over. Will the world go back to its old routine? Will it be able to? Maybe we'll all have to find new ways to live our lives. Things will change for sure. Hopefully, those changes will be for the better.

I suppose we'll have to wait and see.