Joy Fielding

Letter from Joy

March 22, 2021

Hi, everyone,
Happy Spring! Hard to believe it’s the third week in March already. Time moves so fast, even when it seems to be standing still. We’ve been locked pretty much in place for a year now, and while there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel, it’s been an undeniably rough time for all of us. I miss my family, my friends, movies, meetings, restaurants, manicures, shopping - in short, my life! And to borrow - and alter - a phrase from Shakespeare’s Richard the Third, "My kingdom for a hair appointment!” My hair has zero style and shape, and it’s a multitude of chaotic colours. Hopefully, salons will be able to open soon. Not sure how much more of this natural look I - or my husband - can take. But what gorgeous weather we’ve been having!

But good news: My husband and I have both received our first doses of the vaccine, and so at least some of our anxiety has been removed. I’ll feel much better after we get our second dose and the rest of the family, and population, is vaccinated as well. Then we can kiss this miserable virus goodbye and look forward to a better year ahead. I urge all of you to get vaccinated as soon as you can, and to keep wearing masks. It’s such a small thing to do to ensure the safety of both yourself and those around you. And on the plus side,no one I know of has suffered a cold or flu this year, the result of wearing masks in public, so I suspect that some form of mask-wearing is here to stay.

More good news: I’m working steadily on my new novel, after almost a year of inertia and mental paralysis, and while I’m working at a much slower pace than normal - shorter hours and only when I’m in the mood - it seems to be going rather well. I’m hoping to have it done - or at least mostly done - by the time my next book - CUL-DE-SAC - is released in August. Also hoping that bookstores will all have reopened for business.

Other than that, there’s really nothing new to report. I’m still having difficulty reading. I’m halfway through a book called THE WRONG FAMILY by Tarryn Fisher, and I still couldn’t tell you exactly what it’s about. I know the author has done this on purpose, but I find it frustrating. I’ve also bought a few books I’m hoping to get to soon: SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE, a memoir by Rebecca Carroll, THE FOUR WINDS by Kristen Hannah, and an older novel, THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver.

We watched “Promising Young Woman,” which I enjoyed, although it’s not a great film. Still, very entertaining, even if it doesn’t quite add up, and Carey Mulligan is terrific. Not a whole lot on TV - didn’t like the first episode of Genius: The Aretha Franklin story on the National Geographic channel, so not planning to watch the rest. Very choppy and unsatisfying, and despite the fact the actress who plays Aretha (Cynthia Erivo) is a terrific singer, I’m not crazy about her as an actress. She’s the same in everything she does, so understated that she has no life at all.

Still going on long daily walks with my sister, although I’m stopping my daily half-hour morning workout temporarily, since every part of me hurts: my back, my hips, my adductor muscles, my achilles tendons. We’ll see if giving my body a break for a while helps. And I’m looking forward to the start of golf season.

And that’s about it for now. Have a wonderful month, get your vaccine as soon as it's available, and please keep wearing your masks. Stay safe and stay healthy.