Author Journey (May 10, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey May 10 2021

Well, it would appear that I have hit yet another roadblock and by roadblock, I mean the mother of all roadblocks, which, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, I’m sure you’ll have heard of it…

May 10, 2021

Not too long after last week’s update, my day took a sudden swerve. My son’s daycare was closing due to a new positive case of COVID. However, this time, it was one of the children. I had to rush in and pick him up. The next day we found out that his best friend had been confirmed as a second case. With both of my boys, myself, and my wife having symptoms, we got tested.

Within a day, we received the news that we all had COVID. Yeah, that sucked. Now, I’ve already lost a cousin and an aunt to COVID, so I’m no stranger to just how serious this is. Luckily, we’re younger and live in Canada where we benefit from public-funded healthcare. On the first day after testing, we received calls from the provincial health board, the adult and children’s hospitals, and our family doctor, multiple times.

Our family doctor provided us with an O2 sensor so that we can monitor our oxygen levels in our blood throughout the day. So far, so good. It’s not been easy mind you. I have had headaches, muscles pain, and sore throats. The kids, thankfully, have just had low fevers and runny noses, although by the amount of running around you wouldn’t know they were sick at all.

We live a long way from family so it’s just us, however, work and friends have been great and sent packages and delivered groceries. The hardest thing is trying to convince the kids that we need to rest and recover. I don’t think I’ve sat down for more than twenty minutes since last Monday. However, our doctor assures us that being active is far better than trying to sleep it off. Results have been more favourable for those that remain active.

Fruits Basket Episode 55 Kyo

So, as you may imagine, I have done pretty much nothing as far as writing or blogging have gone. This post and the last Fruits Basket review are the only exceptions. Today is day seven since symptoms began which is smack bang in the middle of the most dangerous phase. After day ten, providing things haven’t gotten worse, we should be on the road to recovery.

How long that takes is another question. Our doctor wants us to stop working for three weeks. I’m sure she was referring to the day job and not all my extra activities but who knows. Anyhow, there’s a chance that things will slow down here a little, although I do have a couple more Record of Grancrest War and KonoSuba posts already scheduled.

I should also point out that the day job has been incredibly accommodating too. As much as it frustrates me, it’s not a bad place to work. It’s just not what I want to do with my life…

Record of Grancrest War Episode 22 Priscilla

I know this is quite a heavy topic and I’ve tried to keep it fairly light, but so often it’s the worst scenarios that hit the news and even though I’m low risk and pretty healthy, you can’t help but wonder if you’ll be one of those crazy cases. So far it’s been a bad flu with a persistent headache. I had bronchitis before and that was worse, but I still wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

One thing that has come of this is my sudden need to rewatch Highschool of the Dead. It’s still my all-time favourite anime and something that brings me comfort. Of course, the kids are too young and my wife doesn’t like zombies… I know, right… so I can’t even relax properly.

We’re all doing well and are moving in the right direction. Hopefully, you won’t see any change to things here, but if I don’t post as per normal, it’s probably me just taking a bit of a break. This has definitely got me more determined to make something happen with the writing. There’s nothing like a close call to get you focused. Stay safe and thanks for reading.

KonoSuba Episode 13 Aqua and Kazuma


  1. I hope things get better for you! I haven’t had COVID, but I’ve lost close people to me to COVID, so I understand what your going through.

    • Thanks. It’s certainly been fairly stressful, but things seem to be going in the right direction.

  2. I hope you and your family recovery soon!

    • Thanks. I’ll be glad when this is all over.

    • Oh dear…

      I know a bit of what you and your family are going through. Back here, there’s no end of cases that it has lead to a 3rd lockdown for almost all office buildings & shopping malls around the capital city have become hotspots. I’ve to embrace worst case scenario that my loved ones will get infected, but all I can do is hope for recovery for anyone involved, including yours, no matter what.

    • Thanks. Unfortunately, I think it’s inevitable that everyone will eventually get it. So far, we’re doing pretty well.

      One of the most annoying things is that we’ve been so careful. Both myself and my wife have been working from home since March 2020. We order everything online. School and daycare have been the only things we’ve done outside, but there was no way I could have kept watching the kids during the day and then working at night. Six months of four hours sleep a day was more than enough.

      I just hope we can get the vaccinations rolling and make this a thing of the past for everyone… or at least not as intrusive to our everyday lives.

  3. P.S. I’m not sure whether this is a cheering up suggestion, but your wife should try ZOMBIELAND SAGA which I’ve just completed watching. It kind of cheered me up during these challenging times when I thought I didn’t expect to feel anything from an idol-themed series.

    Mind you I’m not easy to please & ZLS managed to change my entire inner self somehow.

    • I really enjoyed the first season and am waiting until the second season has finished to binge it. It may be the bridge between our worlds since she does like musicals…

    • She has to at least know that I’ve felt emotional stuff being conveyed in ZLS; yes, I’m afraid of looking at zombies, but this series managed to make me appreciate to be scared in a cheerful way, I guess.

      It’s odd feeling on how my third least fave subgenre is the idol genre, and I end up loving ZLS more than I can imagine.

  4. I hope you and your family come through this none the worse for wear. If you’re feeling up to, I’d appreciate a day 11 post! Doesn’t need to be long!

    • Thanks. I’ll be sure to put a quick update together once we’re past that milestone and I’m free to rejoin the world.

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