Relatively True Stories From My Time in Pandemia

Relatively True Stories From My Time in Pandemia - student project


This project began with the pandemic.  My day job is TV screenwriting, but lockdown and virtual work left me time to try out a new kind of storytelling.  (Skillshare has very much been a part of this evolution!)  The result so far is a series of memoir moments, everyday observations and short stories that I think could be collected into a loose kind of scrapbook.  What holds the 'scraps' together is not a traditional narrative arc, but rather pandemic-heightened themes of creative struggle, family bonds, memory and memory loss (my psychiatrist father now has Alzheimer's, and I lost my mother nearly twenty years ago), and mental health.  The protagonist (and unreliable narrator) is me.  

I'm attaching a few samples of this work: 1) a 4-page short story about the effects of lockdown, with a magic-realist twist; 2) a one-page story about a visit from my parents that wasn't what it seemed; 3) a one-page story about a creative way my daughter and I dealt with not being free to go shopping in person; and 4) a one-page sketch of the limited scope of what I wear during the pandemic.

Not all 'scraps' are pandemic-related, but it provides the backdrop for the evolution of this new passion of mine.  I would be grateful for any feedback on whether or not this project has potential as a book worth publishing!

LOCKDOWN ROUNDABOUT - 4 page story

 Relatively True Stories From My Time in Pandemia - image 1 - student project

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VISIT FROM PARENTS (1 page):

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SHOPPING WITH MY DAUGHTER:

 Relatively True Stories From My Time in Pandemia - image 6 - student project

PANDEMIC WARDROBE:

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