Hi friends of On Spec. With just a few days left before our March 31 deadline for submissions, we are up to 444 submissions of short fiction and poetry and a few links to artist websites that we’ll investigate for possible cover art images. Some authors have experienced a few hiccups with getting registered and uploading their work, so I have been helping them out. We do try to respond promptly to email inquiries and messages from the Contact page. For most people, the process has been pretty effortless, and I’m happy about that.
The prospect of reading upwards of 500 stories and poems is rather daunting, but it is nothing we haven’t done before. And it is also exciting to see so many names of authors we’ve never encountered before. New voices are more than welcome. We are all busy reading submissions even as I write this post, and we are also being very cautious about physical (not social) distancing and flattening the curve of this COVID-19 menace. In fact I just had a Zoom meeting with one of our editors. Welcome to the new normal.
Humans are very social animals, and we are learning how anxious we can become when told that we cannot get together with friends and family. Some of us have friends with loved ones in hospital or in seniors’ care facilities, whom they cannot visit under the current circumstances. My husband’s uncle recently turned 100 and the best celebration available was for him to see people standing on the lawn outside his room, carrying signs and gifts, so he could watch them through the window.
We are very proud of our Prime Minister’s calm approach to what is going on, and his daily press conferences to keep people informed. The Canadian government is doing well at responding to the needs of Canadians during this unprecedented time in our history. And we are happy to see the number of entertainers who have invited us into their homes for impromptu concerts while we are all housebound.
Remember to support local small businesses as much as possible, and to keep yourselves and your families safe.