How We’re Handling Stay At Home Orders


Well, I guess the title says it all. We are in one of the states with a stay at home order. Actually, right on the line of two states that both have stay at home orders. The thing is, my wife actually has to work from home. I’ve been doing some stuff that’s a little different kind of writing, but I’ve kept busy.

And we’re both going nuts!

Literally. Like, we’ve eaten so many peanuts, cashews, and pistachios. But anyway…

It’s hard to not be able to just go out and enjoy things now and then. Little things. We like thrift stores and garage sales, for example.

But all of that is meaningless, compared to people getting sick and dying. Staying home is the right thing. These orders are important. Yet there are protests against these orders. Kind of silly. Stay at home people. And if you need to go out, wear a mask. It isn’t going to protect you, but it will protect someone else if you happen to be one of the people who are carrying this awful virus who don’t have any symptoms. Be a good human being, think of others.

So anyway, what we’ve been doing is a lot, lot, lot of watching Disney shows. I know not everyone is so lucky to be able to do that, so I appreciate it a lot. In the last month we’ve:

  • Binged all of season one of The Mandalorian
  • Binged all of Star Wars Resistance
  • Rewatched Mulan
  • Rewatched Monsters University (multiple times, ’cause why not?)
  • Rewatched The Last Jedi
  • Rewatched The Rise of Skywalker more than once
  • Rewatched The Force Awakens
  • Watched Onward
  • Watched most of the Star Wars Lego shows
  • Watched all the episodes so far of The Clone Wars Season 7
  • Watched Toy Story 4

That’s just what I can think of off the top of my head. I know there is more. And that’s on top of our usual Korean Dramas that we like to watch. A lot of sofa sitting. A lot of snacks.

But also, we’ve been making a point of going out for a walk every day after lunch. We just stroll around our neighborhood for a while, getting some exercise. Sometimes we have to go into the road a little to keep our distance from the neighbors, but everyone that we see out seems to be in good spirits.

But yeah, that’s how it’s going here. I just wanted to share this, in case someone else comes across it and feels like they are going nutty too. It’s not like we’re people who go out a lot, but the not being able to gets to us.

One day this will all be over, and we can go out then. For the sake of each other, we need to stay in. For the sake of the healthcare workers, we need to stay home. For the sake of the grocery store employees, pharmacy employees, and delivery drivers, we need to stay in.

Anyone whose job is important enough to be considered an essential worker right now should probably be considered a bit of a hero. They’re keeping the rest of us going. They are taking care of us. I just hope when this is all done we can remember that, and treat them with more respect than they sometimes have gotten before this.

Stay safe, everyone!

How I Deal With Stress

So it’s no secret that we’re all, pretty much everywhere in the world at this point, dealing with the effects of COVID-19. It has made it tough for a lot of people. Some people are very ill. You may even know someone who has passed from this tragic illness. If so, I’m sorry for your loss.

But for most of us this is causing a lot of stress, inconvenience, and fear. The majority of us are not ill, but we must stay away from each other to make sure it stays that way. It’s causing a lot of people to be out of work. Some get to work from home, which has its own stresses.

To all that, I have only one thing to say: Stress eating is a perfectly legit way to deal with it.


Yeah, uh, I’ve gained about eleventy million pounds during this.

I snack. A lot. Too much. I try to do my normal thing, but writing is more difficult than normal right now. Usually writing is a bit of a release. It helps me put some of my troubles aside for a few minutes. Right now, I can’t even manage that.

We will get through this, everyone. Just stay in, protect your family, and try to relax if you can. If you work at home through this, you are not going to be at your best. That’s to be expected, so go easy on yourself. It’ll be fine.

Stay safe, everyone!

Hi all!

So the other day I decided to take an online class in English grammar. I just wanted a quick refresher, mostly. Let’s just say it has been a very long time indeed since I last thought about most of this stuff. And I write all the time!

Anyway, it was actually much more difficult than I thought it would be. Who the heck thinks about predicates, gerunds, clauses, and past perfect progressive tense while they are writing? People just write. If you have to think of all that stuff too much, you probably aren’t doing a great job of writing.

So yeah, the rules of grammar need to be somewhere in the back of your mind while writing. I get that. I also know that it isn’t desperately important if I can diagram a sentence properly. I don’t need to know the specifics, I just need to know how to craft a correct sentence.

Still, I think it was good to refresh my memory of some of the rules. I didn’t make many of the kind of mistakes the course spoke of, but there were a few that I recognize. Granted, most of my writing is more casual, since I tend to write young adult stories, which are told from the character’s point of view, but it is still good to know.

I passed, by the way, with an A. But it was a struggle.

So what else…

We still haven’t seen Frozen 2. Is it really that good? I think part of my problem is that I don’t have a good feeling about this. I think I worry it will ruin Frozen for me. I don’t want to see a bad followup and have that taint things.

Which is silly, when I think of it. I mean I love everything Star Wars, including every single sequel and prequel. Okay, well, I did try to watch the Holiday Special, and it… yeah, uh, it was… it was not good. Nope. Don’t do that to yourself.

Image from Star Wars Holiday Special showing a wookie watching 2 holographic dancers.

So anyway, we’ll probably have to see Frozen 2 soon.

For now I’m going to go try to forget I ever brought up the abomination mentioned above.


Just don’t watch it. Please.