I’m hearing a lot of people talking about new skills they are learning or using the time to write that novel that has been years in the making!
For me, and for many freelancers I imagine who work from home, work life is the same minus important social interaction. I still have crippling pain in my hands which makes writing and typing a constant negotiation on a daily basis. I still have work to do every day but unfortunately with next to no salary, as my main freelance contract has been put on hold for the next 4 to 6 months due to the current situation with COVID-19.
I have had excellent things happened during the crisis, such as being published were my dream publisher, Indigo Dreams Publishing, but of course celebrations have not taken place and excitement on my side is certainly low. It does bring joy when those close to me order a copy, but I do worry that myself and other authors published in this time will fall under the radar, in that our work just won’t reach the same number of people as it might have done if all were not worried about current income.
I’ve been taking part in workshops and spoken word events as part of the literary festival Stay at Home Festival which have been enjoyable and a good alternative but I worry that again, engagement with these events is low and is difficult to connect with people on a virtual basis. I like to hope that when this not-yet-in-law lockdown is over, we will support literary events fully, but I am concerned that this will require even more money from the government. Currently, I am entirely reliant on filling out funding bids and unsure whether I will need to go back to full or part-time employment (I have been in full-time self-employment since this March and before March, I have always had a part-time job to subsidise.)
It’s a worrying time for creatives and I can see why motivation is low. Certainly submissions to Fly on the Wall Press are extremely low, the lowest we have had in two years. I hope can stick together and be a supportive community.
Stay safe and sane all xx