So how does all this make me feel? Rather pointless and trapped at present, to be honest. The horrible uncertain thing is that we are only at the start of what is promising to be a desperately stressful and miserable summer for many people, let alone those who already feel isolated enough at the best of times. So if, like me, you feel a need to turn off the mainstream news for a while and block social media for the sake of your sanity, here are my Corona Island picks for weathering the pandemic:
This would probably be classed as YA (young adult) if published today, but was written for the adult fantasy/SF genre. Killashandra Ree, upon learning she has failed her final music exam to be a top class singer, is contemplating throwing herself under a space shuttle when she meets charismatic 'crystal singer' Carrick, who suggests her talents would be welcome on his planet of Ballybran, where people like her with perfect pitch "cut" valuable crystal from the ranges. What he doesn't tell her is that, in order to live and work on Ballybran, she'll need to survive something similar to a deadly virus... I won't tell you what, but there are obvious parallels. This is not a disaster novel, however - far from it! McCaffrey's characters are human and real, the story is gripping as well as having an interesting scientific concept behind it, and there are two more books in the series so if you enjoy this one you'll get to meet Killashandra again!
Mission Impossible II
The Everly Brothers - "Bye Bye Love"
A busker was singing this in my local town yesterday, which seemed appropriate given the general mood of the people I bumped into - at appropriate social distance, obviously - on my (so far unsuccessful) hunt for replacement toilet rolls. I plan to sing it as I pray the sewer doesn't clog up when my single remaining loo roll runs out and I am forced to use pages from my remaindered Song Quests instead... which is too much information, I know, so I'll shut up now.
Over to you: What are your Corona Island picks for the summer of 2020? Let's make a list!
Katherine Roberts writes fantasy and historical fiction for young (and older) readers. Find out more about Song Quest and download free ebooks from www.katherineroberts.co.uk