Today, 29th June 2021, is Cast in Conflict’s publication day.
Cast in Conflict started life as Cast in Isolation. My editor(s) liked the title, and I was thinking purely of the book itself. Marketing, however, rightly pointed out that we’d had more than enough isolation in the past year, and anything that reminded people of covid shutdowns and quarantines was Not On.
This made sense to all of the people who had liked the former title, which is why it’s now called Cast in Conflict, or ‘Conflict’ as it’s called in this house.
Today is also the day after my 2nd covid-19 vaccination shot. My reaction has been pretty mild so far (with the expected wow it hurts to lift my arm), and a touch of the usual Michelle anxiety (but… if I’m not suffering as much as other people did on their 2nd shot, maybe it means it’s not working properly), but besides sore arm, I’m just very tired, so my brain is the brain of a very tired person.
I was the last person of two households (ours, my children’s godfather’s family) to get the 2nd shot, but only by a couple of days, and both sets of kids are really, really looking forward to the 2 week mark when we can actually see each other in person for more than five minutes at the back porch.
The bookstore is now open to walk-in traffic at reduced capacity (the owner wanted to wait to see if Ontario’s/Toronto’s number spiked back up after phase 1 reopening started). I will sign/inscribe copies of Cast in Conflict ordered from the store. (Or any books ordered from the store, but only one person has asked me to sign a book I didn’t write >.>)