Joy Fielding

Letter from Joy

April 22, 2021

Hi, everyone,

I’m not sure why I persist in writing you these letters as, more and more, there is less and less to say. Our premier, who I think is well-meaning but out of his depth, has closed virtually everything, including golf courses so that now, along with theatres, movies, shops, and restaurants all being closed, there is absolutely nothing to do and nowhere to go. Hopefully, he will reverse this decision, as it makes no sense whatsoever. Golf courses across Ontario have been closed all winter, so they are clearly not responsible for the nightmarish rise in Covid cases. The rise, according to doctors and scientists, is due to overcrowded workplaces and living conditions, as well as travellers bringing in new variants, and these are the issues that need to be addressed, as well as getting people vaccinated. So, if you’re hesitant about getting the vaccine, don’t be stupid and don’t be selfish. GET VACCINATED! It’s the only way we’ll ever get out of this mess.

So, what have I been doing this past month? The short answer is: not much. I go for long walks, exercise, and watch TV. I still have very little energy to read. I’ve tried a few jigsaw puzzles without a whole lot of success. I do word puzzles, Sudoku, and Kenken. I watch more TV. I loved "Mare of Eastland," and “Rebel" is fun, and I enjoyed the movies “The Father” and “I Care A Lot.” I even tried watching “The Masked Singer,” but I just don’t get it. It’s so patently phoney; I can’t stand the judges and their over-the-top, ridiculous reactions to every stupid little thing; and I’ve never heard of half the supposed singers, so when they’re unmasked I find myself asking, “Who?!” Anyway, no more of that one for me.

The one thing that seems to be going very well is my writing. I’m about 25,000 words into my new book, and so far, so good. Some books are easier to write than others. They come to you almost as a gift, begging to be unwrapped. And this is one of them. (At least I think it is. It’s hard to be objective when you’re in the middle of things, but I’m enjoying writing it, so that’s a good thing.)

And honestly, that’s about it. Hopefully, I’ll have more to write about in next month’s letter. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and GET VACCINATED!