#122 Living with lockdown


There has been so much going on that I probably shouldn’t have left it till the end of the second week confined to the flat before I started writing about the experience.

The last two weeks I have spent working from home, teaching Drama online is certainly an interesting experience and I am learning loads all of the time.

The writing on my work in progress, a prequel to WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY, is proving complicated. the dystopia of current events is threatening to eclipse the fiction of my novel.

Fortunately, the interesting times in which we are living is providing plenty of material for the novel and I find myself making notes all of the time.


Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, is picking a fight with the governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria. The latter ordered strict isolation measures much to the annoyance of the former whom many believe has already contracted the virus and is trying to hide it. Both men are likely to be contenders in the next presidential race and have decided to use the virus as a political football.


President Bolsonaro, very much like President Trump, has been trying to play down the seriousness of the pandemic, referring to his prowess as an athelete in his younger days and claiming that Covid-19 is nothing more than a little cold.


He has been the object of humour after he struggled during a press conference to put on a face mask, using it as a blind fold at one point and hanging it of his ear at another moment.


Social media is full of memes exploring what individuals could do to entertain themselves during isolation.


The image above gives viewers the opportunity to vote on what they think they will will end their qurentine with:

a) 10kg heavier, b) pregnant, c) divorced, d) aloholic, e) mad, f) broken, g) having read all the books you wanted to read or h)  arrested by the child protection authorities.


It’s dificult writing anything, knowing that anything I write will be out of date by the next day, such is the speed at which current events are changing.

Therefore, I’ll leave this post as it is for now and try to post updates more frequently for those who are interested.

About M J Dees

M J Dees lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, daughter and two cats. He has written three novels, Living with Saci, The Astonishing Anniversaries of James and David, Part One, and When The Well Runs Dry. He is currently editing the fourth and writing the fifth. You can sign up for more information on his book launches at http://eepurl.com/cTnAD5 and receive a free copy of Living With Saci.
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