Live today: an interview between myself, L.A. Fields (My Dear Watson, 2013), and author Michelle Birkby (The House at Baker Street, 2016, and The Women of Baker Street, 2017), courtesy of The Studious Scarlets Society! Find out what inspired us to write historical/period fiction, our favorite pastiche interpretations of Sherlock Holmes, and whether or not we'd actually want to meet the man himself.
Read all about it here: Studying Scarlets - Interviews with The Studious Scarlets Society, L.A. Fields & Michelle Birkby.
I wanted to be part of a Sherlock Holmes Society ever since I read about them as a teenager, and that desire has manifested beautifully.
As far as how I'm doing during these pandemic days, the short answer is: pretty okay, all things considered.
I've been unemployed since February, but I've been receiving regular and boosted unemployment benefits and have some savings I can rely on. I'm isolated with my cat, but outside of a couple of trips I hoped to take in 2020, that was the plan anyway—my previous job was work-from-home, and the only time I went farther than my mailbox since last November was to vote on Super Tuesday in early March. Shelter in place orders and social isolation are right up my alley.
I stay inside. I binge a lot of TV, news, and podcasts at 3x the speed (I'm either evolving or building an addict's tolerance to the entertainment drug). I appreciate the hell out of my cat and how healthy we both fortunately remain. I keep to a basic fitness routine so I don't start to atrophy, and I try not to drink too much (that one's touch-and-go). I call and message with friends and family every day. I read a little, and I write a little more than that.
If it weren't for the worry over how many have died due to COVID-19, how many will live with permanent health/financial/emotional damage from all this, how long it will last, and how weak the United States democracy is regarding public health response and racial inequality...I would almost be a having a pleasant time? This damn empathy is ruining what could have been a super-fun sociopathic summer, boo.
The Byrd and Fields Podcast
To stave off some of the nastier effects of isolation and dread, college friend Layla Byrd and I started a friendly little podcast that boils down to our tagline: conversations between generations. She's GenX, I'm a Millennial, and yet we get along! Weird. After checking in with one another and the hellscape dispatches that are the news of the day, our topics so far have included: growing up in Florida, taste in music, ideal home decor, book stories, booze stories, and more.
We have a website, Byrd and Fields, and can be heard via Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, or Archive.org. Follow us on Instagram whydon'tcha?