WriTING my Way Through Lockdown.

Zoom with a Brew; Mug Shot

‘Cause the Writing’s on the Wall.

pop quiz: the lyric above is from what song and artist? clue: my brother by other parents, spies a ghost.

WriTING Task Three: Write a short letter to your younger self (how young is up to you). The letter should explain what is going to happen in March 2020. I choose to send myself a COVID Birthday greeting.

As those of you who have read more than one of my blog articles will suspect: I quite like writing. So, with lockdown rules putting paid any plans for a ski trip this side of ‘sometime never’, I signed up to an online writing course.

It may surprise you to know that I haven’t written anything before where I’ve made it up. All my writing comes from facts and research and my opinions of it; to write something completely made-up, that’s a first for me.

The course was online and twice a week, for eight weeks, we were set a writing task. Sometimes long, sometimes short, sometimes odd. None were compulsory, but being someone who tends towards ‘completer/finisher’, I generally went for quantity over quality and tackled them all.

Here’s one…
All three tasks so far have been COVID related and semi-factual. I guess the tutors were trying to get us into a groove.

My WriTING Effort:

A Birthday Greeting to Myself.

April 2019

Happy Birthday Jan,
You should go out tonight, go somewhere nice for dinner.
And even if you’re full, have pudding.
Think of it as two birthdays in one!
From tomorrow, no questions asked, just do as I say…

  • Go short on Carnival.
  • Go long on DHL.
  • Open a Zoom account.
  • Get tickets for festivals, concerts, comedy gigs; pack ’em all in this Summer.
  • Spend every weekend with family or friends; enjoy yourself.
  • Avoid local walks and bike rides.
  • Put off sorting out your photos.
  • Don’t bother with all those little jobs around the house.

Oh, and make sure you’ve got plenty of pasta and loo roll in the cupboard.
You’ll thank me!

pop trivia: ‘Sam Smith’ co-wrote and performed ‘Cause the Writings on the Wall‘ as the Bond theme for 2015’s outing, ‘Spectre’. The single made it to number 1. Who knows when we are going to see Bond’s next outing.

The writing course was called Zoom with a Brew, if you’d like to read more of my efforts, they can be found here. East Midlands Arts funded the course and created a website containing the submitted work of all the writers.

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