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Apologies for the radio silence in recent weeks. The frenetic combo of home-schooling (COVID), work, editing and life in general knocked me out of sync. 2020 – it’s been the year no-one’s likely to forget in a hurry!

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This COVID-19 lockdown has been a funny time, hasn’t it? Obviously not ‘funny ha-ha’, but funny as in downright strange. I don’t know about you, but my mood has flip-flopped from cheery to despairing, from bored to accepting, and pretty much every other emotion in between.

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About three years ago, I started writing a novel that I laughingly referred to as my ‘unpublishable book’. It was wildly strange, with an ambiguous, untidy ending, and it broke a lot of rules.

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Last week was a tough one for me. The enormity of the coronavirus situation finally sank in, not to mention the long-term implications of home-schooling, and working full-time, and doing all the other usual tasks around the house.

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A while back, my son sneezed. I replied with a predictable ‘bless you’, and he said ‘thanks’ in return.

‘Oh no,’ I replied quickly. ‘You mustn’t thank me, not for a sneeze.”

I’d said it without even thinking; and was unprepared when he asked for a reason why.