Beth Camp Historical Fiction

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Sept #4: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Today, after two weeks of not walking at all, we ambled along a wide trail in Lincoln Park. Fall colored the trees and the hills with brown and bright yellow and red. Haze covered the hills to the north and south, but the air quality was good enough so we didn't worry, at least about air pollution.

Yet, cases of Covid-19 continue ramping up steadily in our county, as do deaths, each one a ripple of loss. Fire season is not truly over here in the West until the rains come.

With 41 days left before the election, I expect a ramping up of general hysteria, misinformation, and worry. I switch between news channels, hoping to find a voice of reason and calm. Most of the time, I read the news rather than watch, because the reporters infuse every story with emotion that blurs the underlying facts.

So, how is the writing coming along? Are you surprised if I say slowly? But day by day, I do sit down at the computer and write. For my characters are facing into their unique losses with courage and hope. November is just a little over a month away with National Novel Writing Month challenging writers to write 50K words in 30 days. Are you in?

Just as our election is now 41 days away, with rumors flying that the current occupant of the White House may not go gently into that good night.

I console myself with a Scottish proverb: "'Tis a long road that's no' got a turning." Or in other words: Don't lose heart in dark times. Things can't keep going in the same direction forever.  And we can celebrate whatever brings us light and comfort.

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  1. Hi Beth!

    I’m glad the air quality has gotten better so you could go for a walk - to clear your head if nothing else. The news is extremely disturbing. To be honest, I’m not surprised about anything this man plans to do, I’m just baffled at how he gets away with it and nobody is able to stop these crimes. It’s infuriating. Impeachment is in order if you ask me.

    But, life goes on... Thank you for all your help regarding my publishing path. I’ll reply to your email later today. Have a decent weekend and happy writing!

    1. Thanks for your note, Liesbet, and I appreciate your adventurous spirit. Looking forward to that memoir!

  2. What we cannot conquer, we will endure.