Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Revisiting the Topic, Include the Virus or Not


As I wrote before, I chose to include the virus in Not As We Knew It  because the Rocky Bluff P.D. series is in more or less real time. And no, it didn't impede any of the action as people have suggested it might. It actually gave ms some ideas to add to the plot.

Remember, our police officers are having to deal with the virus every single day as they go about their usual business, enforcing the law and protecting the citizens of the city or county they work for and in.

Wearing protective masks and gloves is mandatory in most places. I wear a mask when I shop, and when I enter a restaurant. I don't wear one around the people I see all the time. What I find annoying about the normal mask is I can't see people smile. And without seeing people's mouths sometimes I don't understand what they are saying, since I'm a bit hard of hearing.

Wearing a mask and being around people who wear them definitely keeps one from seeing emotion in someone's facial expressions. This could give a police officer a false impression of someone, and his/her reactions to an event. Something to consider if you do include the virus in a book. 

Another problem I have is when someone is wearing a mask and all I can see is his/her  eyes, I don't always recognize the person. This has happened to me twice with old friends I haven't seen for a while. And in another case, some man hollered a greeting to me in a grocery store and I had no idea who it was.

Because of all the above, I purchased a clear, full face plastic mask, and it's what I wore at the two in-person events I've been to recently. I have another mask I wear when I'm shopping because I keep it in my purse. 

For anyone who is interested, Not As We Knew It can be purchased for Kindle or in paper from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Not-As-Knew-F-M-Meredith/dp/B08NDT3FW5/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= 

Remember, I write this series as F.M. Meredith.



authorlindathorne said...

I bought your book and interested in seeing how you handle the COVID situation in it. It sounds very good. I haven't started reading yet. My company had a reduction in force and I work in human resources, so I'm fried. Also finishing another book first. It's been a tough week and one-half. My husband and I now have our both Pfizer vaccines shots, so we're going to get our hair cut evenly by a professional (instead of us) and we're going out to dinner for the first time in EXACTLY one year. The last time we went to dinner was his birthday on Friday March 13th. The next time will be his birthday again on this coming Saturday, March 13th.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Have a wonderful birthday, dinner!

Gloria Getman said...

Like you, I wear a mask when I go shopping and to church, but not around my family. Even then, with those who work out in public, we stay 6 ft. apart. I want to get one of those clear full face masks like you did. I don't think this virus is going away very soon.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hey, Gloria, I really like my clear full face mask. Wish everyone wore them. I can't hear well anymore, and it makes it even harder not being able to see people's mouths when they talk.

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Morgan Mandel said...

Yes, thats true about not always recognizing a person. I didn't recognize our neighbor that lived across the street when hubby and I were shopping for groceries. She was wearing the mask and also a knit cap which hid her hair. She said hello, and when it was obvious we didn't know who she was, she took off her cap and then I could tell it was her. Unfortunately, too many people these days can get away with crimes and not be recognized when wearing a mask.

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