Tomorrow I start the final chapter of my third book. It’s been a long four months since I commenced the third book of the Kirkwood Scott Chronicles back in August. A lot has changed since then, but a lot hasn’t. The United States of America has a new president but is still ravaged by a pandemic which claims more and more lives with each passing day. The scientific and medical experts ask us to wear a face covering and avail of the vaccine when it arrives.
In Northern Ireland the official death toll from coronavirus related deaths now stands at over 1100, although many fear the actual figure is much higher. Restrictions have recently been eased but there is a real fear the virus will spike again over the Christmas period leading to a very dark January for our small nation. As with everywhere else, the crisis has brought out the very best in some people but, unfortunately, the very worst in others.
Don’t ask me about Brexit, the other great national debacle we are currently lurching through. I have no idea what is going on there and all this talk of hard borders and trade tariffs causes my eyes to glaze over. I’ll stick to writing, blogging and being the best father, husband and friend I possibly can. Because throughout this all my own personal roles and responsibilities have stayed unchanged. My own moral compass must remain steady while the world around me spins out of control.
I’ve noticed the blogging community a lot quieter as well. There’s been a lot less interaction and traffic. Some favourite bloggers have disappeared off the face of the planet, others continue to post but don’t call round to say hello anymore. It’s been a very strange year and I’ve read some very strange posts which have surprised and, on occasion, shocked me. It’s not for me to respond or judge though. WordPress is a community for freedom of thought and expression. I might not agree but I’ll keep my powder dry. I don’t need the drama.
Drama. Some thrive on it, crave it and go out of their way to hunt it down. They court controversy and set out to divide opinion and ruffle feathers. It’s not for me. I’ll quietly post and keep writing my books. The world is crazy and angry enough at the moment without me getting dragged into the mire. Wherever you are in the world today I hope you are safe and well. Value your loved ones, follow your dreams, but also remember to keep your feet firmly rooted to the ground. A steady compass will guide you through the wildest storm.