• Henry Neilsen

Good as Friday

Despite the fact that I'm in no way religious, I actually really enjoy Good Friday. The act of having just that one day a year where everything shuts down and you can spend time with your friends and family, or even just spend some time on your own, contemplating things.

This year is obviously a little different. COVID-19 is wreaking its havoc across the world, and my heart goes out to all those who are suffering and/or having to help the suffering. It's an absolute shit show out there, and I don't envy anyone who can't avoid it the way I have been. If you read this, I wish you all the best, and thank you for what you're doing.

If you aren't in that group, I think it's worth talking about what this isolation is actually bringing to enrich your life. I've spoken to many people, including work colleagues, friends, and family, who have found that this enforced isolation has forced us to recognise the things that are really important to them. A lot of them have rediscovered old passions, or found new ones. The amount of amazing stuff going up on the drawing subreddit at the moment just staggers me. I've seen this resurgence of the idea that art and humanities is important to the human spirit at this time, and that the creative potential of everyone has now got this chance to reveal itself.

If you're one of those people who has always wanted to try something, now is your chance. If you're lucky enough to be as yet unaffected by Covid, and you are in a position where you have more free time than usual, I encourage you to try that thing you've always wanted to do. The one project you always wanted to try. That one baking recipe you could never get right. That novel you wanted to write (send a link to me when you're done, I want to read it). Take this Good Friday as a day of decision making for what skill you're going to hone during this global shutdown.

As for me, I'm making good progress on my second work, "Spice Trader". It's likely going to be a much longer story than I ever intended for it to be, but I think that's a good thing. I'd rather take the time to explore. I'll be providing an early chapter preview soon I think, which is very exciting!

To attempt to do my part for the pandemic, I've made "Eleanor's Mind" FREE until April 20th through Smashwords "Authors Give Back" promotion. Follow the link to get it!

I'm currently reading "The Three Body Problem" by Cixin Liu. I'm not far into it but I've had a lot of very strong suggestions that I might like it, so I'm looking forward to it. I'll give my review after I'm finished!

I wish all of you a very happy and safe Easter. Take care, and I'll talk to you next time.

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