A Kate Update: March 2020

Long time no post, I know….

It feels like lots has happened, but nothing has; I haven’t had anything I’ve felt like writing about, and yet there has been so much going on! I’ve got a couple of posts swirling about books I’ve bought and some random thoughts about submissions and what it takes to be an editor, I need to do a happy things post, you obviously need more pictures of Bobble

The immediate updates for the general Apocalypse that’s going on: Cymera has been cancelled (sad, but understandable!) and I’m waiting to hear about on Can*Con in October. We’re not travelling at all this year before Can*Con (and I sincerely hope most people aren’t) so trying to use the time to get bits done on the house, and catch up on my reading. We spent a lovely afternoon in the garden today, putting a new fence up! Oh, the thrilling life of an editor…

A sleeping catI’m currently still working at the office in Oxford; I did try working from home, but it completely messed my brain up (hi panic attack!) so I’m going into work for as long as I can. Considering that about 3/4 of the office are working from home we’re doing ok on social distancing, and I walk so don’t see anyone during my commute, I think it’s the best compromise I can do at the moment. Obviously if I get symptoms etc, or anything changes, I’ll be self-isolating… but for now it seems to be working. I’m feeling horribly guilty, but a lot of that is residual “it’s just mental health, of course you can fix it!” and my partner has been incredibly supportive, so we’re just doing day by day at the moment.

I’m generally not feeling a lot better in terms of mental health, too; still very scatty, a bit grey, struggling to focus. I keep forgetting things – as an aside, I estimate I’ve lost about a third of my early memories over the last five years or so – and I’m very much relying on routine and notes to keep me up-to-date with everything, because some days everything goes in one ear and out the other! However, I am feeling a bit more settled; commuting on my own seems to be helping, as does the better weather. Fingers crossed that it continues.

I’m trying to read more; play more games; relax more. Freelance work is sort of screwing most of those objectives, but hey ho! That’s what you get when everyone suddenly has time on their hands to finish that novel they always meant to write….

Stay safe, stay well, and have a cat asleep in the sunshine to brighten your day!

A black cat asleep in the sunshine on a knitted rug