Happy Release Day to all the contributors in This Is Lockdown.
Help yourself to a slice of pineapple, your favourite coloured balloon, and some blueberry pancakes… I made this smiling fellow during lockdown. I had to eat him – with that smile how could I not? My tummy smiled afterwards!
It seems strange to celebrate anything during this horrendous time but… it’s important to look to the future and hope that this worldwide pandemic will ease and a solution will be found in the months ahead.
During lockdown I found it difficult to write my usual genre: YA Fantasy, so I focused instead on interviewing authors on the subject of ‘isolation’ during COVID19. I enjoyed this blog series so much, discovering so much common ground with other authors and bloggers that it seemed a good idea to take this further and to produce a book, a compilation of my diaries, poetry, flash fiction, and writings with ‘The Isolation writers,’ who live in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Australia, Zimbabwe and Australia.
It doesn’t matter where we live, our experiences are similiar.
Here are some quotes from contributors to This Is Lockdown:
- ‘Isolation itself is not a problem, as an author I tend to live in other worlds anyway.’ Richard Dee.
- ‘Nobody should feel they have to achieve things during this time of corona. It’s ok to just be – to stay safe, spend time with family, read and relax.’ Catherine Fearns.
- What has changed? The answer is: Everything – but it took me a while to notice. Jackie Carreira
- We could get through this crisis better if everyone would cut each other some slack and come together. One can only hope… Sharon Marchisello
- I feel I’ve become like the ancients, huddled with my little family around the fire in a small circle of light. Lynn Fraser
- I’m taking life at the moment with a huge dollop of perspective. – Fi Phillips
- If nothing else, this pandemic will have allowed us to work together in a way we might never have considered doing before. Jeannie Wycherley
- What’s changed for me? Nothing and everything and believe me, that’s as confusing as it sounds. Chantelle Atkins
- Still, I’m just thankful that I am okay, we are all healthy, and that, in itself, is the biggest thing. Ritu Bhathal
- This situation easily calls forth the entire spectrum and expression of human emotion. Tracie Barton Barrett
- Instead, I started painting – no, not the walls, although they could do with it. I created big bright, colourful pieces of art to cheer myself up. Alice May
- On my walks, I spend time thinking what the world will be like after coronavirus and how it will differ from the past. Peter Gooby-Taylor
- Festivals are important. We meet, talk, drink, solve the world’s problems, learn and relax. Miriam Owen
- We greatly miss our author visits to shops, libraries and book clubs. – Ceri and Drew
- At time of writing, lockdown here in Italy is easing, but I am still wary of emerging into the sunlight. Katherine Mezzacappa
- If it has taught me anything, it has taught me that my blogging time must be managed, as it helps me, so it must have its place. Willow Willers
there is a
to isolation – a line from Sally Cronin’s poem.
- I am very much missing human engagement – talking in person, hugging a friend, and seeing a compassionate, genuine smile, not hidden behind a mask. D G Kaye
- Something is very wrong in this new world, (from poem) Adele Marie Park
- The world is quiet, a new strange calm, (from Poem) Marian wood
- unknowing (the city) – for the rains… (from Poem) Frank Prem
- Anxious thoughts lace my outings to The Wasteland. Sherri Matthews.
- Welcome to the new normal, I could be smiling right now but you cannot see it behind the mask. Beaton Mabaso
- We really felt that our project hit a chord and it showed what a community pulling together could achieve. It seemed to give focus in this strange and new world of lockdown. Jane Horwood and Melissa Santiago-Val. Fundraising for the NHS: #CommunityMasks4NHS
- We are living in strange and difficult times indeed my friends, but there comes a time when we must raise our eyes to the future, and reflect and act on what we have learned. Samantha Murdoch.
- As the virus bloomed, so did sales, until non essentials were forced to close. But she soon found lockdown’s silver lining in endless days communing with her own bookshelves. – quote from a piece by Anne Goodwin.
- Stay Safe in Your Own Personal Wilderness – M J Mallon
This Is Lockdown is:
An anthology and compilation of diaries, short stories, flash fiction, contributions from the ‘isolation writers,’ plus poetry written during the time of lockdown in the UK. This Is Lockdown is written from a writer’s perspective highlighting the simple pleasures of day-to-day life during such an uncertain and frightening time. It also gives a glimpse of the blogging, writing world. The book showcases several authors and their thoughts on what it is like to experience ‘isolation’ as a writer. I also discuss the handling of the pandemic and my thoughts on what might happen next. In the final part of the book I include my latest short story idea: a YA romance and various short pieces of poetry, and flash fiction inspired by the pandemic.
This Is Lockdown kindle buying Link:
Universal link: mybook.to/Thisislockdown
It is also available for free on kindle unlimited.
Amazon UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08CD1MCFB?pf_rd_r=NPA6S5SQJ30A6VYX87Q5&pf_rd_p=e632fea2-678f-4848-9a97-bcecda59cb4e
Amazon US link:
Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com
Authors Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/
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Great launch post Marje.. and congratulations again on a wonderful completion t the project.. all that hard work is evident…hugsx
Thank you Sally. So excited but nervous too. A new book baby always does that to me.
I don’t think you need to worry about this tone Marje…it is on its way…xxxhugs
Thank you Sally. Just did some yoga with Adriene to celebrate. 🙂
Fantastic… enjoy Marje it will be fun..hugsx
Yay ! xxx
oooh, blueberry pancakes and a cup of coffee for me please. <3
Yes, haven’t had my breakfast yet. Off to do so, I’m going to have mine with a cuppa tea!
And we’re off!!!
Yes we are! The nerves are beginning to set in. EEK…
Wooho! Well done Marjie for all your hard work and everyone involved, my copy has arrived on my Kindle. So excited for you 💜
Well done Marjie, Woohoo! And congratulations to all the contributors! Such an amazing idea , living history. My copy has arrived and I bam so excited 💜💜💜
Hi Willow, that’s awesome. So happy you’re part of it all Willow. ❤ xxx
Thank you 😊
Happy release day to you and all the other authors!
Thank you so much Priscilla. <3
Fabulous launching Marje. I love how you picked out the pertinent quotes from all the contributors too. I’m halfway through this lovely book <3
Thank you so much Debby. Such a talented group of contributors. Glad you are enjoying the book. Thrilled it’s launch day!
Wonderful, Marje! Cheers to all. 🙂
Thank you Natalie. Many thanks for joining in the celebrations. 🙂
This is an amazing project on many levels, Marje! Writers slowed down or even succumbed to full blocks when lockdown hit. You mentioned you couldn’t write your normal genre, but you wrote and gave others an incentive to follow your lead. In years to come, this book will be a window into a time we can’t yet fully understand. You and your writers did good! Congratulations on publishing!
Aww thank you Charli for always being so supportive and positive. Your kind words make me very happy. And I am so pleased to have so many wonderful authors and creatives contribute to the anthology.
Congratulations, Marje and all the authors who participated in this amazing collection. <3
Thank you so much Colleen. It’s been such a fascinating and rewarding experience. <3 x
I’ll be picking up a copy since I didn’t have time to visit blogs lately. I look forward to the read. <3
Awesome. Thank you. <3 xxx
Hi, Marje! Congratulations to you and all the contributing authors on your new release! I love the idea of using the quotes to name the authors. Brilliant post! <3 xo
Hi Vashti. Thank you so much for your kind words. It was my way to showcase the contributors gathering these quotes and putting them together for the post. Glad you liked the idea. Means so much. <3 x
I know that wasn’t easy to do. Congrats, again! <3
Congratulations! What a constructive response to lockdown, I hope it does very well for you all.
Thank you Jessica. It certainly has been a way to keep my mind off everything! 🙂