Tales from lockdown revisited – author’s note

Well that’s it folks, the final Tales From Lockdown – Revisited has been published. What an absolute JOY it’s been to chat again to these people and tell more of their life stories. Nearly two years have passed yet the first conversations seem like only yesterday. So many different things to talk about, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.

It shows that life still happens, doesn’t it? Whether we want it to or not, even in a global pandemic with multiple lockdowns. People change jobs, lose family, have babies, fall in love, fall out of love, move house, make mistakes, do great things. It happens, we deal with it, we get through it.

A big thank you once more to everyone who’s given their time to chat to me again, and for opening up their life for my little part of the internet. These stories are my gift to you.

It’s hard to think that before I started this I hadn’t really interviewed people, I didn’t know what I was doing, and it was all new. Now it feels as familiar as an old comfort blanket I can hold in my hand, and I’ve found I LOVE it. I bloody LOVE it. Interviewing someone, learning about them, and writing it down. It’s a wonderful way to spend my time, and has helped me understand that feature journalism is the path I want to take for my writing just now. Although if anyone has any other ideas of how to monetise this stuff I’m all ears – I don’t want to earn a fortune, just enough to be able to spend more time writing.

There weren’t any real themes for these stories like there was in the first series, since it was less about Covid and the shared lockdown experience, and more about where individual lives had gone since then.

I didn’t stress myself out with deadlines, even though I took a couple of months to write some of them up. I was honest with myself, and the people I wrote about, with what was realistic. See, I’m learning and growing.

I doubt there’ll be a Tales from Lockdown Revisited, Revisited, but I don’t think this’ll be the end of me writing about people. I’m just not sure what form it’ll take.

What do you all want to read?

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I love running, writing, travel and adventure. I'll give anything a go once, and am always up for a laugh.

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