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Writing During COVID-19

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Chris Mills' (cam8510) Challenge

My friend and fellow writer Chris Mills issued the following challenge in his article:

Writer Without a Clause: My Muse Must Have Fallen to Covid

"For those who have also felt the dampening of their creativity, let me suggest that we get over it. We must continue doing the things we know will keep us and those around us well. But we have to move forward at the same time.

If you have been squelched by the crisis we are enduring, I challenge you to write. Tell us a story. Overwhelm us with a poem. Inspire our imaginations with knowledge. Tantalize our taste buds with a recipe.

Give us something from your heart."

Thank you for the prompt Chris. Your article inspired me to share this.

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Writing During COVID-19

As most people in the world are now acutely aware, an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in mainland China in December of 2019. At the time of writing, every continent in the world has been affected by this highly contagious disease, with more than a million cases diagnosed in over 200 countries worldwide.

The effect of this pandemic has been dramatic and, unless you live in one of the remotest places on Earth, it is inevitable that it has impacted your life in some way. The level of that effect can be determined by a number of things such as location, occupation, social interaction, risk factors such as age and medical condition etc.

It is now October 2020 and there is still no end in sight. Just when it looks like new cases and death rates are dropping and restrictions starting to be eased, people become complacent and try to make up for the activities and socializing they have missed, and voila, there is a new spike of infections. Scientists and drug companies all around the world are working on trying to develop a vaccine, and despite some promising signs, there is no firm date for when one will be available.

I know that many of my friends and colleagues, particularly in countries like the USA, Britain, and India for instance, are becoming increasingly despondent, discouraged, and frustrated by the lock-downs, social distancing, travel restrictions etc. Loss of employment, inability to visit family and friends, and being required to wear a mask every time they leave the house really weighs on people, and the longer this pandemic drags on the worse it will get.

Even among us writers, the effects vary greatly, but I will attempt to give an account here of how the virus has impacted on my life, as a freelance writer living in a rural area of Queensland, Australia. In fact, I have probably never before appreciated my situation as much as I do now and that Australia is an island continent and quite isolated from the rest of the world.

Socially, for the first few months, or until August 2020, we were unable to visit family (sons, daughter, grandchildren) as there was a 50km travel restriction in place. We had a new granddaughter born in May who was three months old before we first got to meet her. Queensland also had its borders closed from the bordering states, and still does, so interstate travel has only been allowed for emergency reasons. Now, however, travel within our state is unrestricted, and we have visited two of our sons and their families more than once.

I have two jobs, one as a freelance writer, the other as a carer for my wife who suffers a number of disabilities. Though each of these can have their challenges, I am counting my lucky stars that they both allow me to work from home. For that reason, the social distancing and lock-down laws brought-on by this corona-virus have had little effect on my work. I also tend to be a bit of a hermit so much prefer staying at home and doing my thing than gallivanting around. Also, at time of writing, there still has not been a single recorded case of the virus in my town, and there are only two active cases in the whole State.

Because so many businesses have closed down and people have lost their jobs, the unemployment rates in most countries have sky-rocketed. The national debt is at unprecedented levels and poverty is growing alarmingly. Suicide rates which were already of concern are now even more so. I’d hate to see domestic violence statistics with couples and families now forced to spend more time together at home with little respite.

So, how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected me as a writer? My answer may surprise most people as I have seen other writers say they have been too depressed, lacking motivation, their ‘real’ job is in front-line health services, or they have a virus-positive family to care for etc. In fact, I don’t think I can recall a time when I have been more productive as a writer. Demand for my freelance writing services has boomed since the start of the virus first began appearing in the news headlines.

I don’t mean to be boastful here, just show that there can be silver linings hidden under even the darkest clouds. I have had so many customers ask for me to ghost-write children’s stories teaching COVID-19 safety, wearing masks, washing hands etc. But the demand for children’s stories and educational material, in general, has increased dramatically. Perhaps that is due to schools being closed and teaching being done remotely online

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Possibly because customer demand has not allowed me to ease up on my time behind the computer, I have been unable to become complacent with my other writing as well. My output on HubPages and elsewhere that I publish my own poetry, short fiction, or essays, also seems to be flowing along steadily. My ‘Poems From the Porch’ series that relies on requests from my friends and readers is largely responsible for this as it provides me with a steady supply of writing prompts.

Also, I am constantly reading that “There is no demand for poetry, especially rhyming verse which is so irrelevant these days, and no one searches for it on Google.” This makes me smile because at least 75% of my customers request rhyming verse, even for advertising promos etc. Someone is wrong. So, while all the experts share that view, I will just go along quietly filling that demand “that doesn’t exist.” I hope that doesn’t sound sarcastic, or maybe I do.

For any writers who are looking for online work but not sure where there may be opportunities. The freelancing site Fiverr that I work through has tried to get me to provide gigs in email copywriting, as well as what they call UX writing (writing copy for digital products such as buttons, menu bars, alert messages etc.) In Fiverr’s words: “This fast-growing category is popular and diverse, and we believe you can capitalize on its significant demand.”

Another category that they say there is more demand then supply is Brand Writing. “Brand voice refers to the consistent expression of a business’ core messages and how communication with the business’ audience reflects it. It defines the personality, attitude and language of the brand.” You may like to research these fields of writing and see if they suit your skills.

I’ll try not to waffle on much longer, other than to encourage all of you, the writers, poets, authors, storytellers, and informers out there. Please just WRITE! Especially in these current times, when all around is in chaos or lock-down, or both, people need to be inspired, entertained, and made to laugh. That is our job, our purpose. The ability to write is a gift..so give it!

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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 31, 2020:

Thank you for reading this Klarenz. I appreciate you confirming the importance of various forms of writing. Take care.

Klarenz V from Philippines on October 31, 2020:

Hi sir John. You're right. Just write. Stories may become someone's hope, while the poems be someone's lesson. Articles and literature pieces give advice in their own way. Heads up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 26, 2020:

Thank you for your wonderful comment manatita. Your name is very fitting. Yes, Jacinta Ahern Is doing a fine job in NZ. Take care.

manatita44 from london on October 26, 2020:

Sound like your story is a happy one. Awesome! You're doing well to. (Send a fiver my way).

Love to your wife and best wishes. May God grant her extra fortitude in these troubling times.

I never seem to have a writing problem. I just seem to struggle getting my soul to push me in the direction of making money. God's Grace. Guruji gave me the name Manatita in 1989. It means 'Beyond the Mind --in the Heart of our Lord Beloved Supreme.' It is my soul's potential and in real life I'm very much like that.

Just as well Grace descends from time to time. So I get to live this way.

I'm happy to hear that you're in the children's field also and that Covid-19 rates in your neighbourhood is virtually nil. NZ is not far from you, but I really love the job that Jacinta Arden is doing. She's a visionary soul. Peace!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 19, 2020:

Shauna, you always humble me with your words. You are a valued friend.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 18, 2020:

John, I agree with Nithya. I love your rhyming poetry. They're fluid, fun, and indicative of your amazing talent. Not everyone can write rhyming poetry without it being clunky or forced. You're the master and still remain my favorite poet!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 18, 2020:

Thank you Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 18, 2020:

Glad you are feeling better now, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 17, 2020:

Chrish, I am sorry for the current situation in your country that is making it difficult for you to write what you want to. Maybe you need to write down your dark and thunderous thoughts. Doing that can give you a sense of freedom and relief so it is not bottled up.

Thank you for your kind words. May God bless you also.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 17, 2020:

Nithya, thank you for such a generous comment. I am humbled that my poetry has that effect on you. As far as rhyming is concerned I know there are others who feel rhyming is a lesser form of poetry, that it is childish and no longer relevant. But, even though I occasionally free verse, my preference will always be rhyme. Reading that you love it and that it keeps you spellbound is a real compliment and inspiration that it is still appreciated.

I hope your muse decides they have had enough of a vacation and that it is now time to get back to work. Thank you again.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 17, 2020:

Because of the pandemic Deped plunge us to a mute learning savage online class. But because writing all my odds makes me feels like letting go of dark thunderous thoughts but whenever I do that it always feels like I'm cheating. Lots of happenings right now doesn't really help. but I'm still grateful anyway

Thanks sir John for this article

I'll always be a huge fan of your masterpiece. More poems in the future :-) God bless and happy weekend

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 17, 2020:

I look forward to reading your poetry and I am so glad that the COVID-19 situation has not affected you. I love the rhyming verse and the way you use rhyming verses in your poems always leaves me spellbound and wanting to read more. I have scaled back on writing my muse has gone on vacation but after reading this I will try to write more.

Robert Sacchi on October 17, 2020:

You're welcome and stay safe.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 17, 2020:

Hi Robert, I agree with the points you made. Australia was very early at closing things down. In fact, if it was not for the Ruby Princess cruise ship being allowed to dock in Sydney and passengers disembark without being tested then we may have had very few cases at all in the country.

Yes, there are two types of writers as you mention. I am in the group who find writing to be therapeutic, but I have found most of the work coming to me rather than have to look for it. So, I am fortunate. I know many are struggling. Thank you for reading.

Robert Sacchi on October 17, 2020:

Australia has clamped down a lot more than America. With writing it may be there are 2 groups of writers. One group has trouble writing when depressed and the other group finds writing therapeutic. Either way it would seem the best strategy is, if someone is out of work, to spend more time trying to get work. I'm not practicing what I'm preaching in that area. Thanks for posting and for giving tips on possible writing gigs.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 16, 2020:

Thank you for reading this Patricia, for your lovely comment and for sharing your book.

Patricia Canbolat on October 16, 2020:

Writing is a journal from the heart to share with all who read. Words that carry kindness, stories of sadness or happiness, encouragement and so much more. How nice to share what your heart has written for you to take heed. It’s effect can immensely change your soul giving it a cure. I’d like to share my Novella on Amazon.com. It’s not a religious book. It’s a book with an important message. “Look to the Religion and NOT to the People-Double Life Deceiver”. Have a wonderful day! Write On!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 15, 2020:

When so much is happening in the world it is often easy to remember how much we have to be thankful for. Thank you for reading this Li-Jen.

Li-Jen Hew on October 15, 2020:

Hi Jodah, glad that you are very busy and that is a good sign during COVID-19 times! Keep it up. Thank you for sharing this as we have so many things to be grateful for.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

Thank you Audrey. I will come check it out now.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 14, 2020:

Thanks, John. In response to our friend, Chris Mills, I rose to the challenge and penned a new poem. I hope you like it. It's been some time since I've written anything.

I'm always inspired by your articles.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

Nell, I am glad your muse returned for Halloween. I do get paid for writing the kids books, but I don’t receive royalties because I was hired as a ghostwriter (even though my name is on them as author) and because of the fact that these particular ones are provided online for free.

Nell Rose from England on October 14, 2020:

Hi John, yes I must admit that I have lost my muse recently! Just got it back in time for Halloween. Please can I ask, do you earn from those kids books? I took a look and they were great! Thanks

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

Greetings Marie. Thank you for reading and sharing the things you are currently engaged in. It seems a lot of the rules of writing have gone out the window in present times, especially in regard to poetry.

Good luck with those HubPage articles you are working on. They sound interesting. Yes, I feel a kinship too. Take care.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on October 14, 2020:

I tend to be a hermit type similar to you, John. I reflect a lot.

Lately, I've been reading book reviews at Online Book Club (OBC). I make editorial notes while I read an assigned piece. What I have learned is that self-published authors tend to not want feedback, although OBC requires some if there are errors. Many authors like to write in first-person with a conversational tone with little to no knowledge of commas and noun-pronoun antecedents. I think, too, that paragraph structure has gone out the window.

I don't wear a mask unless I'm on the public bus or in a store. Sometimes, though, air along busy streets smells better through a mask.

Three HubPages articles are in the offing, namely: The Lotus Temple (trying to build up some word count on this one), Forgotten Grimm's Fairy Tales (an immense, partial layout of a family heirloom), and a new idea I came up with this morning on salamanders.

Countertops for the kitchen and upstairs bathrooms should be replaced sometime later this month, and I'm working on creating a nature path in the forested area across the street for the community complex residents to enjoy. The nature path project will take at least a year, and I no longer have the gardening tools I once did.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I always feel a kinship for my "down under" HubPages' writer!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

Thank you, Liz. It is my pleasure to share. I hope things improve where you are soon.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your experience and some tips as well for aspiring writers. It's good to hear that COVID numbers are low where you are.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

I applaud you Devika. A positive attitude is very important to get us through times like this. Be happy, and occupy your thoughts with activities you love.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 14, 2020:

John I continue each day as it was for me and write and live happy. It is an issue when writers become depressed. I do not put myself in that way of life.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 14, 2020:

Thanks John; I thought I'd seen those. Off to have another look!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Hello Tammy. It is great to see a new face in my comments. I am glad that you are also experiencing the same increase in your writing. Thank you for following me, and I look forward to reading more of your articles.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Rosina, thank you for always being kind and supportive. I do thank my lucky stars, every day, for where I live. I agree we writers need to keep uplifting each other and all our readers so they can stay positive in these times.

Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 13, 2020:

Writing has increased for me also. You are right, we must keep moving forward. Stay safe.

Rosina S Khan on October 13, 2020:

I am glad, John, the virus didn't affect you negatively rather it boosted your writing career. Although you have several issues during the pandemic season, it is great to know there is no sign of the virus in your town. You really should thank your lucky stars and keep uplifting others through your writing while others follow your path, learning from you as an example.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Medical problems and deaths will succeed in slowing all of us down, Flourish. I had a case of the flu a few weeks back and then put my back out for a week. It restricted what I could do physically around the house, but not my writing fortunately. I am glad the virus hasn’t really slowed you down though you though. Yes, there is some really interesting types of writing in demand now, that is for sure.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Hi Kalpana, it is good that you have also been able to be more productive as well, due to having more time on your hands. Make the most of it. Than you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Hello Ann. I am so glad you found this inspiring. I had read some of your comments on articles saying that you had lost the inspiration to write, and the virus restrictions, and the changes at HubPages etc hadn’t helped that. A number of others here like Chris, and MizBejabbers have also been in the same boat.

I really wanted to write something that could show things can be better, despite this virus affecting the world. Even just writing about our worries and things that make our life difficult can let it off our chest and lift our spirits.

Oh and in Poems From the Porch 45 there are two poems you requested about chickens. Stay safe and well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Thank you for sharing your situation Pamela. Virtual doctor’s visits are an excellent initiative. My wife has also had a couple of them too. Living with medical problems isn’t easy, and I am glad your daughter in law helps you out. My wife has sleep aporia, fibromyalgia, scoliosis and anxiety and depression. Mostly controlled with medication, CPAP machine etc. You stay safe and well too. I appreciate your comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

I do feel for your country, Peg, and how the virus has ravaged it. Even though we have no case where I live we still have restrictions such as a maximum of ten people can gather in any situation, and social distancing in general. My wife and I wear masks when we go to the Supermarket etc.

We have been through a winter with the virus, and actually flu cases were down, but that is probably because of the social distancing for the virus being in place. I am glad you are taking advantage of the extra time to read and write more.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 13, 2020:

You are doing some really new cutting edge writing. How exciting! I have found that the pandemic hasn’t slowed me dow per se. Some regular personal situations like family medical problems and deaths have sidelined me and slowed me somewhat at times. More power to you!

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 13, 2020:

"In fact, I don’t think I can recall a time when I have been more productive as a writer." This is exactly how I feel too, John. People ask me if I am affected by the current situation, but I have always been a hermit! I can't remember a time when I was this productive. With less distractions around, it just becomes easier.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 13, 2020:

This is great, John. Inspiring.

I have been writing, in fits and starts. I have a few hubs ready but the fictional ones are on hold until comments are restored on letterpile.

You're right that writing is a gift and we should use it.

I'm lucky so far, as Covid-19 hasn't entered my family. I see the children and that's the important thing. I get fed up with our government but I understand it's not easy.

I just pray for an end in sight.

Looking forward to reading more from all my favourite writers here!

Ann

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 13, 2020:

I am glad to hear your life is good overall, except for not seeing loved ones. My situation is similar to yours as we are both retired. My social life seems to be primarily doctor visits and some of those are virtual appointments. I have no complaints there.

It sounds like you have plenty of demand for your writing skills and living in a more rural area of Australia sounds good. I am sorry to hear your wife has some medical problems. I am dealing with medical problems also. I am blessed to have a wonderful daughter-in-law who gets me to doctors, dentists, etc.

This Covid virus has not changed my life too much now that they have loosened up some of the rules. The fact that you had no one sick in your town in very good. Stay safe and healthy, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Hello MizB. You certainly had an excuse for not writing, with your health issues and now the rental property that was trashed. I can relate to the latter as I have been a landlord on four occasions (three to people we trusted) and regret all of them. I can certainly see why landlords are selling their rental properties, especially now. I wish you well with the repairs and eventual sale of the property and hope to see you writing again soon.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2020:

It is great that you have had little impact of the ravages of COVID where you live. It is not the same in the U.S. where we have a preponderance of infections and deaths per capita than most places around the world. What we really miss is not being able to get together with friends and family members safely. We do wear masks when out in public and do the social distancing while all-too-many seem to think it is unnecessary. We are now entering the season of the year when the flu and COVID combined are likely to have devastating effects. It is a sad situation.

As to my writing, I have more time than ever to read and write. Take care over there!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Thank you, Chris. It has most definitely had a positive impact on my writing. As Bill Holland said, it does make one feel a little guilty when so many people have lost their jobs or are struggling because of the virus. Thank you for providing the incentive to write this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Thank you Shauna, yes, it is awesome what Christian does? I enjoy working with him.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 13, 2020:

John, I can definitely see where the quarantines of CV can actually add to a writer's incentive. I believe it would have added to mine if there had not been extenuating circumstances. In addition to a couple of illnesses, one of which was either flu or CV, we have been busy trying to fix up a piece of rental property that a trusted renter trashed before he and his girlfriend moved out. So, we are trying to get the place salable and put it on the market. Then I will attempt to write again. Perhaps I should start with a piece on why more landlords are divesting themselves of their property. Anyway, good to see you writing about the effects of the virus on writers in your country, especially yourself. Stay safe.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on October 13, 2020:

John, I am sincerely happy that this pandemic has not impacted your writing in a negative way. It sounds like the opposite may be true. Thank you for responding to my challenge in such a positive way.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 13, 2020:

John, that's awesome that Christian Gentry puts the books out there for kids to read for free. I read "Memories of Dad". It's very touching. You really have a talent for writing children's books.

That's an awesome service you provide, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Mr Happy, thank you for reading and sharing your response to the points I made. Yes, the increased alcohol consumption would also be a worry. We have ‘bottle shops” as the equivalent of your ‘beer stores.”

You stay safe and happy also.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Liinda, yes it is almost the perfect scenario for an introverted writer. Hopefully though we can stay on top of the virus here and avoid any future spikes. I am glad your auto insurance rates have reduced.

We have an election coming up and if the opposition party happens to win they promise to refund people $300 registration for every vehicle they own due to travel restrictions.

It would be great for you to have your daughter helping you as sous chef in the kitchen. You keep writing and stay safe.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on October 13, 2020:

"Scientists and drug companies all around the world are working on trying to develop a vaccine, and despite some promising signs, there is no firm date for when one will be available." - This just as Johnson & Johnson stopped their vaccine trials on humans because of some possible negative outcomes. So, You are fully right that there is no end in sight.

"Socially, for the first few months, or until August 2020, we were unable to visit family (sons, daughter, grandchildren) as there was a 50km travel restriction in place." - I have not seen my nephews and niece this year at all. I usually take the boys camping but that was put on pause. It's okay, one year we make some changes. It's needed. Thus, I do not understand those who cannot stay away from gatherings.

"I also tend to be a bit of a hermit" - That certainly helps. I spend most of my time alone anyway so, this pandemic has just resulted in me being even more of a recluse lol

"I’d hate to see domestic violence statistics with couples and families now forced to spend more time together at home with little respite." - I don;t know about You but I have seen line-ups at Beer Stores (we have stores called "The Beer Store" here lol) like never before. So, alcohol and drug consumption have sky-rocketed this year. Not good.

Well, You enjoy your covid-free town. Lucky You, haha!! : )

Stay safe and all the very best!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Lorna, I am so sorry to hear of the alarming rise in cases of the virus in Ireland, and the spike in mental health issues. I can understand how busy you must be, and it will be a shame that you may not have time to write for awhile. It is good that you may at least have time to read and comment. Touch wood that we can stay on top of the virus here and there is no spike to come. Stay safe.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 13, 2020:

John, I am happy for you that your corner of the world has not been dramatically impacted by this virus. A pandemic shutdown is almost the perfect setting for a writer, isn't it?

Like you, little has changed in our little family and that which has changed has been on the plus side. We now drive so little we have garaged one car and our auto insurance rates have been slashed.

We never dined out even pre-COVID, so that's another "doesn't matter."

I enjoy having my daughter home with us all of the time instead of at a job that didn't pay well and offered little satisfaction. She's become my sous chef. You and fellow Hubbers reap the benefits of another pair of creative hands in the Carb Diva kitchen.

Speaking of Hubs, aside from my Monday Q&A I publish one article per week. I've enough stored away that I could take a break until mid-February of 2021.

My best to you and Kathy. Continue to stay safe dear friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Hi Shauna, most of the children’s books I write I do as a ghost writer. The ones I shared the link to for Christian Gentry, he provides free for children to read online but he pays me to write them and still have my name as author. No, I haven’t done the illustrations, but probably could at some stage.

Fiverr offers gig in almost anything you can think of. As far as copyrighting is concerned (or anything on Fiverr) there is no set rate. You can charge what you like, but most charge by word or project and not by the hour. I will email you a link to the copyrighting advertising page there ( shouldn’t share links here) and you can check out the prices.

As far as Covid-19 here, our borders were closed early, flights stopped etc. and our state’s testing and tracking has been second to none. Victoria and New South Wales have had the most cases and have been trying to put pressure on Queensland to open our borders but our Premier refuses until they can go 28 days without a new virus case. To date there have been around 27,000 cases in the whole of Australia and 899 deaths. However, my state Queensland has Had 1,161 cases and only 6 deaths. Victoria has been the worst state with 20,305 cases and 811 deaths.

Thank you for reading this and for your questions. Stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 13, 2020:

John,

Thank you. I do think I have it figured out on laptop but I will wsit until I can devote my full attention.

Australia sounds like the perfect place to relax away from Covid-19.

Maybe it will dissapear as quickly as it showed its ugly face.

A trip to Aussie Land one day sounds nice...I talk with a few people from there.

Have a great day!

Lorna Lamon on October 13, 2020:

I'm delighted that you have managed to maintain your writing John as it is a wonderful outlet and very therapeutic. Unfortunately due to the alarming rise in cases across Ireland, and mental health at an all time high, I may have to put my writing on the back burner for now. However, I will do my best to comment and encourage as much as possible. Thank you for sharing such an invaluable article John and I'm delighted to hear that Australia is on top of this terrible virus.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 13, 2020:

John, I think it's fantastic that you're so busy. I had no idea that you're also writing children's books. Do you illustrate them, too? I've looked at a couple on the link you provided. They're very clever, but why can I read them for free? That kinda surprised me.

It's nice to see Fiverr is now offering copywriting gigs. My question is: What is the rate of pay? I've heard that the assignments available are extremely low paying, considering a freelance copywriter makes $75+/hour when not tied to an online provider.

The COVID stats in your state are amazing. How did your area manage to escape it? What are the statistics for Australia as a whole?

Sounds like you're in a good place both physically and creatively, John. More power to you, my friend!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Brenda, I am sorry to hear about your boyfriend's health, and hope things improve for you soon. The Fiverr app. for the phone or tablet is a waste of time, you really need to use a laptop to get the most out of it. Hopefully, you can revisit your account there when things improve. Hang in there, and keep writing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 13, 2020:

John,

That is an amazing thing you are doing...writing for children explaining the covid and masks, etc.

I am happy to hear your business is booming.

I had just started to complete an account on fiverr but it didn't work from mobile phone...then i received that phone call regarding my boyfriend's health ..that put a stop in moving forward right now.

Even though I do have a laptop...it's just not great timing.

I will keep writing though.

You are so lucky to not have any cases...my little town was like that but suddenly we arein the red..last count was 89 active on oct 9 & we will get new data today.

Stay safe and keep writing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Same here Bill, about feeling guilty. Thanks for the best wishes on behalf of my wife, Kathy, and myself.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 13, 2020:

I feel guilty sometimes, John! The crisis just hasn't affected me that much. I still keep my same schedule and write at the same volume...the advantage of being an introvert.

I did not know about you caring for your wife. Best wishes to her, and you, my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Eric, sometimes it takes a crisis to bring out the best in people, and it is when the strong thrive. I agree too that differences probably do become more profound also, but then again maybe the similarities do too.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 13, 2020:

Well.... I have something, possibly twisted, where I am alive more in crisis than otherwise. Due to this wonderful treatment of the matter I shall retreat and contemplate.

Maybe our differences become more profound during this times. I simply choose to celebrate them rather that brood.

Thank you John for this, I appreciate it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Good for you Nicholas. That is great. Thanks for reading so quickly.

Nicholas W King on October 13, 2020:

Couldn't agree more with the points you've made. Due to the pandemic, I managed to write my second novel in four months.