I’m not much of a dystopian guy, however, I’ve read three teen dystopian novels in the past year. One, I actually kind of liked. Animal Farm and 1984 are a couple of classic dystopian novels that I really like. But all-in-all, I’m not much of a dystopian guy. 

But I can’t help but think that the circumstance we have been dealing with for the past year+ is similar to a dystopian novel. However, COVID-19 is real. It’s not fiction. And because of it, our world has been turned upside down. I’m pretty sure no one is comfortable with this situation. Every industry has suffered from a new abnormal normality. And the educational system is trying its best to handle the situation. Most teachers, students, and parents are all in unchartered territory…without a map for navigation. 

Now that my first novel is written, it’s time to start thinking about a second one. I want to write mysteries and realistic fiction however, I aim to write something outside of my comfort zone. If I wanted to write a dystopian novel, not saying that I do, there is plenty of material that I could glean from. Things seem to be trending in the right direction, especially with the vaccinations. Hopefully, we will soon be at a place where we are back to as normal as possible. In the meantime, I will try to stay as positive as possible.

I just celebrated my 51st birthday last month, and I didn’t celebrate like I wanted to because of our current situation and because I’m trying to be extra careful. Last year I had big plans to celebrate my 50th birthday, a special one, with a big shindig. Actually, that would have been unorthodox for me. I am very much an introvert and to have even 50 people at an event that I planned would have been so much out of my character. So in essence, me having a big party could also be a dystopian novel; like a world gone awry, which is one of the characteristics of dystopian fiction. But, of course, it didn’t happen.

So will my next novel be dystopian fiction? Can’t say for a fact that it will. We’ll see.

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