These days I find my life surprisingly more hectic than it had been before. Being a writer, I'm used to spending most of my daylight hours indoors in front of my computer, working on a book and keeping up with social media. With COVID limiting my social activities, I'm now spending more time at home. I walk daily and venture out to food markets. On occasion, I even shop for other items. But, like most people, I haven't been going to restaurants or movie theatres and the like. And traveling to faraway places is a distant memory. But the one activity I've been doing lots of is Zooming.
Zooming is how most of us have been staying in touch with friends, colleagues, and the outside world. I've been to a Zoom funeral service. I've taken part in Zoom writing conferences and book club meetings. I get to watch interviews and programs. And I now Zoom once a month with my three closest college pals and with my new writers' group.
My calendar is filled with Zooming dates. This past Thursday, I kept three Zoom meetings: a lesson on Instagram, a discussion about wine, and taking part in a panel with other authors. I had to cancel a fourth when I realized it was in conflict with the ones already scheduled. And tonight I'm on a panel at a mystery book store discussing The Secret Lives of Mystery Writers. Zooming has become a mainstay of my life.
We are all Zooming, Skyping, and FaceTiming because these are safe ways to connect with friends, families and colleagues in the Time of COVID. Zooming and the like have their limitations, of course: Cameras freeze; people may not look their best; voices are sometimes garbled. But I am grateful that we have these electronic means to spend time together. In fact, I think we'll still be Zooming when we're free to move about again. No need to hop on a plane to attend a conference. Getting together in person is best, but not everyone's up to traveling. At least we've found a way to be together. To talk, share jokes, and experiences.