Constantly being busy has made the past few years rush by. Now that most places are closed and everyone is urged to stay indoors it feels like time is at a standstill. I’d probably get stir-crazy if grocery stores weren’t still open, providing at least some reason to get outside once a week. The other people keeping me sane are members of the Cyberscribes writing group. I’m not a good millennial and doing anything online is usually a struggle, but one of the members knew about something called Zoom and it’s been surprisingly easy to use. In addition to pushing each other to keep progressing with our work, maintaining the meeting times has provided a sense of normalcy while everything else has been changing. It’s easy to take for granted how therapeutic having a schedule can be until it’s forced to change. Having some free time felt relieving initially, but these past few days those free hours have ticked by more slowly. Knowing people are still expecting weekly submissions to discuss provides a deadline to meet, and it’s been keeping me active. I don’t know how long this sheltering in place will last, but I want to show my appreciation for fellow writers who have been passionate enough about what they do to keep it up and push others to do the same. It has been very helpful while everything else is off limits.