What I’m Feeling & Sharing During the Pandemic

Is anyone else feeling overwhelmed and anxious because of the coronavirus (COVID-19)? I know I am, but I'm also hopeful. This pandemic will not be resolved in a few weeks, but it will eventually get better, and I keep reminding myself of that.

It's difficult for an author (or any business) to decide what to do during times like these. We want to keep sharing things that might make you happy (such as podcasts) but we also want to be respectful of the difficult times that we are all facing ahead due to the pandemic.

I know that I am lucky - I have a day job that is now remote (which means I will still get paid) and I can afford to stockpile a little food (I say a little partly because of financial reasons, but partly because I'm in a small studio with only so much space in the fridge and out of it).

If you are someone who still has to go to work (whether shift work or something else ) - I feel you and I'm thinking about you. I've been in your position (being forced to work through blizzards and more) and it's shitty and it sucks and you do it because you need the income or because you're a healthcare worker who needs to. It will be okay, it will get better.

If you're someone who is struggling to afford food - I feel you, too (a lot of local schools are still running their meal programs, and check out local food banks for help). I've been in your shoes, too, in the past only having $50 a month to spend on food (and that was during a good month). It will be okay, and it will get better eventually.
 
Stay safe, practice social distancing, and be mindful of others who you may hurt unintentionally.
 
I needed to reschedule trips to see various family, including my parents, because of everything going on. I am gutted that I cannot be there to help my parents when they need it (my father's having surgery soon), but the risk to them is too great. Even if I am asymptomatic, I could unknowingly carry it (or something else) to them, and they are at high-risk. So, I skip this trip and plan for one later on. 

Staying safe now is better than being sorry later.

 
I'm going to continue sharing writing/creating-related content on the blog, and through podcasts and this newsletter to provide some lighter content in the midst of all the chaos, because I believe we need a little light in our dark, semi-self-isolated lives right now. Just know that it's never my intention to be insensitive to anyone or their situation, and that's definitely not my intent with the content I'll produce. Since the situation is so fluid I may change course but, for now, this is what I plan to do. The next podcast will be released a little later this week rather than the usual Monday, but it is coming. I'll be finishing up my goal setting series over the next few weeks, then you're in for a fun surprise so stay tuned.
 
Take care of one another, and follow trusted sources for news and information like the CDC and World Health Organization. 

Thank you for your steadfast support of me—I am truly grateful. I hope you all stay healthy and safe.

Let me know how you're feeling about everything by commenting below.

~M

M. Khan

M. Khan, host of the Inside the Writer's Soul podcast, has authored over 20 novels/novellas/short stories under a pen name, and is now writing under her own name as well. She loves to explore creativity in different ways to share soulful (and sometimes sweary) stories, and provides guidance, coaching, and courses to authors.

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