Welcome to Richard Dee, my first guest on my new feature – isolation for writers, creatives, artists and book bloggers. How do writers, creatives, artists and bookish souls cope with isolation? Is their capacity to cope different from the rest of the population? It’s an interesting question and one that fascinates me.
How is author, baker, ex-seafarer Richard Dee coping with this enforced isolation?
Here is his answer…
Some thoughts on what I’m beginning to
think of as the new normal.
I’m Richard Dee, I write Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures, as well as chronicling the exploits of Andorra Pett, reluctant amateur detective. Thank you so much, Marjorie, for inviting me to guest on your website today.
At last, I’ve found that some of the skills I learned are coming in useful.
Isolation itself is not a problem, as an author I tend to live in other worlds anyway.
When I’m writing, the ones in my head are as vivid to me as the one out of the window. There are several I go to on a regular basis, home to amateur detectives, space adventurers and quasi-Victorian society. Not only that, but there is also always the chance that I might find a new one to explore.
It used to be a bit of a nuisance, a bone of contention with other family members. Now I find that it helps.
Not only that, as an ex-mariner, I was always used to isolation, chugging across the Atlantic at eight knots to save fuel on a big ship with a small crew teaches you a few things about yourself.
There are things to worry about, all my daughters work in the NHS, on the front line, one in ITU, with a consultant physician for a husband, one is a midwife dealing with emergency admissions and the other is still training. They, along with everyone else who is putting themselves at risk to keep us fed and provided with light, power, empty bins and food to eat deserve our thanks and respect.
Things like getting food, getting exercise, keeping in touch with family and friends: things we all took for granted just a few weeks ago are now more important.
I watch the T.V. and wonder if we will ever live that kind of life, with all the socialising and outdoor action, again.
I’m glad that I have hobbies, things to do on a rainy day. Reading, cooking and gardening.
I thought that I would have so much more time to do things. But any task expands to fill the time allotted to it, so there is no more time than there was.
Not that we were always out and about; there were jobs that had been put off because I thought they would take too long. Once I got started, I found that they were quickly done.
Meanwhile, I continue to write and publish. In fact, I’ve just had my Andorra Pett cosy crime series re-imaged, with all new covers by the tremendously talented Gill Trewick. They’re all available in both eBook (to buy and on Kindle Unlimited) and paperback at the following links:
I’d love to see you over at my website, richarddeescifi.co.uk. Head over there to see what I get up to, click the FREE STUFF tab or the My Novels and Short Stories tab to get all the details about my work and pick up a free short story. Why not join my newsletter and get a free short story, The Orbital Livestock Company, unavailable anywhere else.
I’m on Facebook at RichardDeeAuthor and Twitter at Richard Dee Sci-Fi
My Amazon author page is here.
My Goodreads page is here.
Stay safe everyone
Thank you so much to Richard for being my first guest on this new feature on my blog.
Do check out my reviews of Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe:
And The Lost Princess:
Authors/creatives/artists/book bloggers who might be interested in sharing their thoughts on quarantine life, please do get in touch.
Topics such as:
Writing, reading, creativity, productivity/isolation during this time.
Home life, thoughts and fears.
Coping with anxiety and stress.
Hopes for the future during these strange times.
If you are interested in taking part in this new feature on my blog please email me on: email@example.com, or comment below.
Please share any photos you would like, thoughts, reflections, and of course your book links, book descriptions/photos, author bios and the like. All welcome.
Available for free on kindle unlimited and to buy in kindle and paperback: http://mybook.to/MrSagittarius
Thanks for hosting me and my ramblings on your site today. Stay safe everyone.
Thanks Richard, my pleasure. And to you too, stay safe everyone. x
Great interview. As an author, I think the isolation is not so hard or different from normal. But it’s surreal seeing all the neighbors home too.
Yes I agree it is easier for authors and the like as we can use this time to write and explore new ideas. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Sharon. 🙂
Interesting interview Richard and Marje.. I am fairly isolationist by nature, a fallout I think from being in customer facing rolls for 50 years in one way or another. We also have lived in fairly out of the way locations including up mountains or in very rural spots but even I get a bit antsy when the week without doing the shopping comes up. Thank goodness for the Internet and all the contact that allows. Love the new covers and will change them in the cafe.. have a lovely weekend.
Thank you Sally. That’s understandable re: the customer facing rolls. And you’re right that we are fortunate to be able to contact friends, family via the internet. 🙂
I am an independent African-American author who recently published my debut novel. Mirrors of Life
That’s awesome. Love the title. 🙂
Fun new series Marje. Nice to see Richard kicking off the show! <3
Yes, he did a fabulous job. I’ve had lots of interest. It is a good way to occupy me and discover new authors and highlight old author friends too! Ha ha, old as in known for a long time… <3
Fun post! I can certainly relate to how writers tend to live in other worlds. We can escape without leaving the house.
Hi Charli. Yes, we are better equipped to cope with this as our imagination and love of words keeps our minds occupied. 🙂