Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Clicking Our Heels - Social Distancing

Clicking Our Heels – Social Distancing

For the past few weeks, we’ve been practicing social distancing. The act of social distancing affects everyone in different ways. Here are some of the things Stiletto Gang members associate with their own social distancing.

Kathryn Lane: Social distancing means I’m spending time writing, editing, and doing on-line research – all normal activities for me. These pursuits transport me to exciting worlds. My work also keeps me away from fixating on the sad situation the world is living. Not engaging in lively social functions outside the home is the one aspect I miss. When I communicate with family and friends, by phone, email, or Skype, they tell me they’ve cleaned their closets and garages. One industrious friend has made masks and offered to leave a few by my front door. Another one has spent endless hours gardening. Many of them have turned to watching the horrors on television. Mandated hibernation makes me so thankful I’m a writer.

Lynn McPherson: Social distancing means switching from in person to online coffee time. 

Shari Randall: Social distancing is not all that different from everyday life - we writers are used to lots of alone time. My hubby is working from home, so that's a big change and a big distraction.

Dru Ann Love: I’m working from home and since I’ve been ordered to not go outside (by my doctor)…I’m staying indoors.

Robin Hillyer-Miles: I'm an ambivert. I love to make plans and am truly relieved when they get canceled. Social distancing is not an issue with me. 

Debra H. Goldstein: Working at home or spending time with myself has never been a problem, but now, I’m finding my ability to focus more limited. I’m averaging one to two online Zoom or other platform meetings a day either for volunteer board meetings, interacting with family members, or simply checking in with friends. Finally, while my husband is normally on the go so I never feel guilty leaving him watching TV or reading while I write when he is home, now, I feel the need to take a walk, daily drive, or simply spend time talking with him so that he doesn’t feel isolated.

Paula Benson: I’ve rediscovered what it is to be lost in a series of books. Murder and Mayhem online introduced me to Gregg Hurwitz and I’ve begun his Orphan X series. Maybe it helps that Evan Smoak, or Orphan X, has to fight his way out of so many situations. I get to imagine myself making escapes.


  1. On-line coffee chats are good, but in person ones are so much better!

    1. I agree. It's just not the same as face-to-face meetups. I enjoy it more than just a phone call though--at least we get to look at each other and smile.