Cynthia here, and I’m thrilled to welcome back to Chicks on the Case the wonderful Alexia Gordon, author of the fabulous and award-winning Gethsemane Brown mystery series! Her latest book, Execution in E, just launched yesterday, and we all can’t wait to read it. Many thanks to Alexia for generously offering a giveaway today as well–please read through her terrific post for more details.
If I had to give the year 2020 a name, I’d christen it, The Year of Change. It’s only March and already I’ve experienced significant changes in my personal life, my day job, and my writing life. On a global scale, the pandemic-that-shall-remain-nameless has brought about changes that seemed unimaginable a few months ago. Many of those changes have been inconvenient, at best, life-altering and traumatic, at worst. Not all of the changes have been bad, however. I’m not going to talk about the bad ones. If you want to know more about those, social media and Google will happily oblige you. I’d rather highlight the positive changes, the changes brought about by peoples’ resiliency, creativity, and adaptability.
For instance, the use of technology to put a 21st-century spin on “armchair travel.” Museums and other tourist attractions closed to visitors and concerts and plays were canceled or rescheduled. So, the art institutions devised ways to keep culture and entertainment accessible to patrons now stuck at home. Ways like virtual tours and streaming concerts—for free! The Paris Opera is screening its performances online for free, Winchester Mystery House is offering free virtual tours for homebound horror fans, and Google Arts & Culture compiled over 500 virtual tours of museums around the world.
Not to be outdone, the literary world offered free digitized books, free audio books, and videos of authors reading their works aloud. Schools, publishers, and bookstores provided lesson plans for parents to use while homeschooling and teachers to use in distance education courses.
The literary world also needed help from the public. The Library of Congress asked those sheltering at home to use their indoor time to transcribing rare documents. Bookstores, especially independents, struggling to survive store closures and delivery delays offered customers incentives such as free or reduced shipping and free delivery. Readers reminded each other to order books from independent bookstores and urged each other to buy gift certificates redeemable for use after restrictions are lifted. The closing of bookstores and canceling of gatherings hit authors as hard as they hit bookstores. Book bloggers and reviewers rushed in to help by offering guest spots and reviews to authors whose book tours had been canceled. Some publishers lowered the price on their books. Event organizers moved events online. And the writing community wrapped its arms around its members (figuratively speaking, while maintaining the appropriate social distance) with encouragement and support.
What positive changes have you made to adapt to negative changes of circumstance? What suggestions do you have for coping with change? Leave a comment for a chance (if you’re in the US) to win a copy of Murder in G Major, the first Gethsemane Brown Mystery—an electronic copy if you want it now or a print copy if you can wait until going to the post office is safe to do.
And you can order a copy of Execution in E, the 5th and latest Gethsemane Brown Mystery. It released Tuesday, March 24.
Virginia native, physician by training, author by passion, I write the award-winning Gethsemane Brown Mysteries. Book 5, Execution in E, publishes March 24, 2020. I’m a member of MWA, SinC, ITW, and CWoC. I blog at Missdemeanors.com and with the Femmes Fatales (femmesfatales.typepad.com/my_weblog/) and host the podcast, The Cozy Corner with Alexia Gordon.
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