Social Distancing: A Smaller Hell?
Covid-19 has already wrought widespread panic. Now, we must acclimatise to the idea that we might all be spending lonely periods of time indoors. We want to protect our vulnerable loved ones and, according to experts, social distancing is one of the most effective methods of achieving that.
As a writer, I spend most of my time alone at a desk, working on nightmarish visions of the United Kingdom such as The Horseman’s Dream – a 20-year-long project about flooding, VIP child abuse, quarantine and most importantly, a sinister government using technology and propaganda in psychological/spiritual warfare against its people. So, for someone like me, social distancing is not such a stretch.
With regard to the current crisis, please make good decisions. Don’t take unnecessary risks. From the bottom of my heart, I wish everyone the best of luck, but that’s only half the battle. Be smart. Make your own luck. Let’s be paranoid now and laugh about it later, rather than glib and dead/unable to laugh about anything ever again.
One of my favourite sayings is that poetry will save us all. If you’ll allow me to expand this to Netflix and e-books, I think I might be on to something.
Bunker down. Read. Learn an instrument or a new language. Play music. Don’t panic or you’ll make bad decisions. Supply good information and clear advice to the elderly and vulnerable. Make sure they can contact you in an emergency.
Lastly, don’t, under any circumstances, trust our so-called leaders to keep you or your loved ones safe. Forget The Horseman’s Dream, this is The Objectivist Eugenicist’s Wet Dream, which is why we currently have the hashtag #BorisTheButcher trending on social media.
Take care, good people. X
About the author
Writer dancing on the knife edge of sanity between the Mersey, the Dee, and the Irish Sea. Purveyor of weird, dark stories and poems for the broken-hearted. Love Dystopian, Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi and Adventure fiction. Author of “A Smaller Hell”, released as an e-book in 2012. Works completed but not yet published include novels “The Horseman’s Dream”, “Knights of Snowdonia”, “Grey Noise” and screenplay “Diary of a Caveman”. Current WIP is a metaphysical eco-revenge stage play exploring the dark side of Mother Nature. Interested in VR as a cross-platform story-telling tool. Other interests include boxing, Blues, Absurdism, Surrealism, Gothic literature, fishing, cigars, fires on the beach, Nature, films (David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, Peter Mullan, David Cronenberg) and cooking. Big fan of J.G. Ballard, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Iain Banks and H.G. Wells.