The book promotion part of my life started out robust in early 2020.

My calendar was chock full of goodies, bulging with

Ways to engage with readers and market Mennonite Daughter.


Here is what January looked like . . .


Then came February . . .


How far I got with engagements in 2020: 


In mid-March, things changed drastically, and from then on, my schedule went wonky, really wonky. 


Although I had a book signing outdoors at San Marco Books in late August, my schedule (and many of those in the rest of the world seven months since the pandemic began), is still not in an upright and stable position.


Rachel Hollis, author and entrepreneur, about whom I posted a few months ago, would agree with me.

In the blurb from her new book, I Didn’t See That Coming, Rachel remarks: “I know hard seasons are made doubly worse when you never anticipated them.”

What I too have observed:

  • Like you, I didn’t see the pandemic coming.
  • I wasn’t prepared for an abrupt halt to the life we had planned.
  • In the beginning especially, I found it hard to adjust to a new rhythm in everyday life, full of restrictions, shifting into new patterns.


Don’t get me wrong, I am truly grateful for what I’ve been able to accomplish this year. And I know there are lessons to learn with life in a slower lane.


Sherrey Meyer, writer

Sherrey Meyer, in her September 24, 2020 post titled “There is Hope,” reiterates some of the serious problems her home state of Oregon has experienced. Still, she affirms, Yet Hope Remains. You can find her encouraging post here!



Hope floats, umbrellas aloft, San Marco pavilion, Jacksonville, Florida



“We should make plans–counting on God to direct us.”

~ Proverbs 16:9 The Living Bible



How has the pandemic affected your schedule this year?

What signs of hope do you detect?

What are you most anticipating in 2021, if not earlier?