HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Looking Back at 2020
Most of us can agree that 2020 was not a good year. The first inkling I got that the plague might be a factor was when I learned my nephew, a jazz musician in China, had stocked up on food and sequestered himself in his apartment because of a virulent form of the flu. Three months later, I was doing the same.
For me, the year began in a flurry of activity. Meetings, projects, a conference to pull off in March, and so much happening I couldn’t catch a breath. By mid-March, all that stopped. The conference was cancelled. In-person meetings were cancelled. Outside activities were cancelled. Wearing masks and social distancing was the new norm.
Then Zoom became a household word. We found we could meet regularly with Zoom. It even opened up church services and family get-togethers to people who had been stuck at home because of illness, disability, lack of transportation or other reasons. Since I began using Zoom, I have been meeting with family members much more frequently than before Zoom. Statewide board meetings became much easier with Zoom.
Even when the pandemic is over, we’ve all gotten vaccinated and are out in public again, Zoom will remain an important part of social interactions.
For a writer, enforced staying at home has opened up hours of time to pursue writing, research, reading, and other interests. This is a good thing for an extroverted social butterfly like me. I also enjoyed the time to do things for and by myself. It’s relaxing.
Staying at home means I wasn’t out spending money on overpriced luncheons and dinners. I love going out to eat with friends and colleagues, and I do miss that, but I also like shoring up my bank account.
The vague sense of depression and dread I’ve lived under for the past four years was lifted by the positive and welcome outcome of the election. I look forward to a restoration of democracy, reason, and good judgment to the White House.
As we get vaccinated against the corona virus and businesses and restaurants reopen, we can look forward with hope to a wonderful new year. We are pleased to welcome 2021.
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Eileen Haavik McIntire is staying home during the current coronavirus crisis. She hopes you are, too. What a great time to write and read!
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” — William Faulkner
I love reading and writing mysteries. Here are two of my latest.
From Kirkus reviews -
“McIntire’s latest novel is a fast-paced and multilayered thriller with well-developed characters and colorful settings...Most of the action is set in Virginia, and McIntire does a fine job of capturing the rhythm of its small-town life, from the friendliness of local business to the calm of quiet nights on the water. An engaging tale for aficionados of psychological suspense.”
The 90s Club & the
"The fourth title in author Eileen Haavik McIntire's "The 90s Club" series, The 90s Club & the Mystery at Lilac Inn is another deftly written and thoroughly entertaining read that will be especially appreciated by all dedicated mystery/suspense fans." – Midwest Book Review