Keeping Busy in Times of COVID

Yasmin John-Thorpe

These are strange times! In fact, for many, 2020 will go in the books as a year when normalcy and sanity went out the door. However, maybe not so for writers and poets. The isolation is just what the muse ordered for many creative minds.

Paul Riggins, president of the QC Writers and Poets and one of the group’s poets, noted that many older and newer members have been actively creating a variety of works during this time of the pandemic.

Author Barbara Ayers has not let the virus stop her from working on new projects, including a recent publication for Westbow Publishing titled Defining Christianity: In Brevi, now available at bookstores. Since finishing the book, Barbara has kept busy on her blog. You can check it out at

Writer Bonnie Nowicki continues to submit a monthly gardening article for the Crossing and write for her master gardeners’ newsletter. Bonnie has recently completed garden descriptions for a new brochure coming out soon, titled Green Valley Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens.

After a visit to her Caribbean home country, children’s author Yasmin John-Thorpe stepped away from writing books about Sonoran Desert animals, to write and publish two zany little books about Pete the pelican, after personally viewing the antics of a flock of pelicans. With assistance from QC resident, Cheryl Anthony, a M.S. Ed. dyslexia consultant and a Master Barton Tutor, Yasmin rewrote Pete the Pelican. This version is written at an appropriate reading level for young students with dyslexia. Both books are available on Check the ad on What’s Happening for all of Yasmin’s books.

The Quail Creek Writers and Poets appear to have found a release for their creativity during this pandemic. Hurray, something good to celebrate!