I’ve lived long enough to know that life is never smooth. And, I know what’s happening around me can disrupt my writing brain. I’ve accepted that and adjust accordingly.
I can settle into a writing routine sans television and social media and pump out the words on my next work in progress.
Then whammy. World events erupt tossing an unexpected curve ball. The stock market sank 1,000 points.
Now, I don’t follow the stock market. But I do know enough to recognize a huge dip like that means there’s trouble in River City.
On goes the news again. I discover the cause. And this disruption is a Wowizer— coronavirus COVID-19 is threatening a pandemic. Fear over the impact on the economy is rampant.
All the journalistic sensationalism is troublesome. I’m not being blasé. I do realize the inherent danger and have amped up basic hygiene routines per CDC instructions.
But I’ve watched in utter amazement as media coverage has created its own pandemic. Shelves in stores are bare as people hoard assorted items named as potential to be hard to get. Prices of these necessary items are being raised to ridiculous amounts. (And, people paying those prices!)
I had a moment of reality when news came that the virus had spread to communities near me. I’m not carelessly believing I’ll be fine. I’m taking precautions.
But I’m not panicked.
We have food and supplies stockpiled (comes from years of living where grocery stores were a long way away and being snowbound happened too often). We’ll share toilet paper and Kleenex.
Whatever happens will happen. Nothing I can do stop to it or avoid it.
In her blog Kristine Kathryn Rusch that called the situation a Black Swan event being fed by overenthusiastic journalists.
I didn’t know the term Black Swan. Business Major Hubby explained it was a term for an unpredictable event that causes catastrophic damage to the stock market.
Well, this disruption certainly qualifies.
Surely the mad dash to secure hand sanitizers, disinfectant, and toilet paper is straining supplies, depleting stock, and ultimately effecting a company’s bottom line. What manufacturer could have known the virus COVID-19 would increase demand and drain their supplies?
Never mind, too many of these products come from China where the virus has pretty much shut things down. The way COVID-19 is spreading worldwide the whole supply chain is being affected.
The term Black Swan itself originated from an ancient saying that presumed black swans did not exist then had to be reinterpreted to teach a different lesson after black swans were discovered in the wild.
(Probably much more than you wanted to know about the term, but what can I say, I’m a writer. I love research.)
The scariest thing about this Coronavirus Black Swan is the isolation that’s being created. We’re instructed to avoid physical contact-no handshakes or hugs, large crowds, and travel, particularly any foreign travel. Major events are being canceled. Cruises and conferences are canceled. Even the Olympics is danger of cancellation.
Disruptions that go way beyond my writing time!
This blog is not to tell you how to prepare or explain why companies should have known to have larger stock of certain items. It’s a gentle warning…
Sometimes, in our hyper-vigilance, we focus too much on news and social media. Neither of which are not the most reliable sources for accurate information.
I urge you to get your information about the situation from solid sources like the World Health Organization and/or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Please be safe out there and take care of yourself.
Me, I’m turning off the television and focusing on getting this work in progress finished.
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