I did come back to Los Angeles. Then my roommate situation fell through, so I moved into a studio and adopted a dog. Her name is Cookie, and she’s a primary reason I am staying (relatively) sane during this pandemic. I never used to understand dog people and now I’ve become one, so that’s a change.
I got covid in November. I was in bed for five weeks but still able to prepare basic meals for myself and go on at least a short walk with Cookie every day. My main symptom was exhaustion. It sucked but it’s a great relief to not have to worry about catching it for awhile, especially knowing that people can get it even when they’re being careful (the only place I ever went was the grocery store, and always masked). It’s weird being at the epicenter but not really feeling it — a Minneapolis friend asked what it’s like to be in LA right now and I said well, if you’re temporarily immune and you only leave your apartment to walk your dog, it’s like being anywhere else.
I’m taking an online television structure class with Kevin Townsley at Script Anatomy and it’s terrific. It took some effort for me to admit to myself that, despite years as a professional writer, I’m a beginner when it comes to TV structure, and it’s going to take some time before I really know what I’m doing, and that’s okay. I’ll get there.
And of course, like many people, I have less energy than I did before the world shut down, and before the former President of the United States started laying the groundwork for an attempted coup. It’s hard to believe I will ever be able to consistently work more than 2-3 hours a day, AND I know I did it before, and I’m hopeful that when I can experience human community in the physical world again, I’ll have a new appreciation of how valuable these relationships are, and have more resilience against the sorts of small grievances that used to feel like the end of the world.
I’m also on Twitter now (@katherineglover). I’ve had the account forever but I only started using it in July. I don’t ever want to be one of those people who go to parties and still can’t stop checking their phone, but at this particular moment of history that isn’t a concern.
I hope everyone’s staying as safe and sane as possible.