My diary for 2021 is getting lots of data about historic things along with the historical ones, the notes about each days as it becomes history at bedtime. Personally, I will be a bit nervous on Wednesday — from the insurrection or coup on Jan. 6 to impeachment on Jan. 13 to inauguration on Jan. 20, I will be very happy if Wednesday, Jan. 27, turns out to be a plain, dull day.
But that doesn’t mean I won’t be writing. Now that my first detective story is finished, I’ve started my second. I’m writing about Daisy MacDonald and Mike Hossa again, and they’re reading a book of short stories about Sherlock Holmes. (In my first novel, they read one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes novels, “The Sign of Four.”) A story with a famous note from Holmes to Dr. Watson leaves Mike saying that he thinks he can expect to get similar messages now on his… uh-oh! I’m going to have to look up whether I mentioned leaving voice mails or using an answering machine in 1983, where I’ve set the book. Back then, I might have wondered why I wanted to write down something so ordinary; now, I’m going to love finding out which term was used at that time.
So I’ll keep looking for ordinary old things and recording ordinary new ones. Something tells me that the things that seem ordinary now are not going to seem ordinary in even one more year. After all, a year ago tonight, COVID-19 had put very few people in U.S. hospitals.
So if you get an impulse to write something down, act on it. You never know when it will help.
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