Firstly, to my readers, I do hope you truly enjoyed your holidays, and managed to being in the new year well.
Personally, I am not sorry to see 2020 go, and I remain much more optimistic about 2021. So keeping up with this optimism, I'd like to think we are approaching our last (worldwide) peak of covid infections. Indeed, this is a very tenuous time for many of our medical support systems - or more correctly - the people that provide these services. They have given so much during this very long year, and experienced suffering few may understand. If you get a chance to find a way to thank them, please take advantage and do so. It matters...
What's worked for me during this trying time is to re-frame my thinking, my perspective if you will, to being grateful. Every day run through that mental list for what I have, who I have, where I am, what I can do. Simple things, really. Try it. Add an item to that list every day, go deeper in meaning, and you may find something that is not attainable to everyone - an encompassing and compelling feeling of peace. Notably, this is something that you can control.
Beware the fear-mongers and the sensationalists (ie: the news). Things always seem worse in the middle of the night than when you awake the next day - and "our" new morning is approaching ;) .
2021 will bring with it many wonderful things, and we can all be part of this grand story.
As always, my interests like where science-fiction evolves to science-fact. We are inching our way closer to colonizing the moon, mars and in the process building a support network to achieve this. These projects are catalysts to shaping our futures. Consider we do not need war to drive innovation, nor need we rely on the restrictions of profit-driven justification. These are the challenges that drive true, positive, and meaningful change.
As an update from me, my apologies as I am behind on my latest novel. It's in progress, but I'll refrain from guessing completion until I get closer. Fingers-crossed.