Island Life: Trying to Get Shot (in the Arm)

Silly me. Last year, when the pandemic hit, we dutifully canceled travel and took precautions and hunkered down. We washed our hands, and bought and wore masks, and learned how to make crumpets and how to Zoom. Our family indefinitely postponed my stepdad’s memorial service and my brother’s wedding; my husband Mark and I even put off dental checkups and grocery shopping trips to the mainland. And all through it, I kept thinking, Oh, I cannot wait for there to be a vaccine.

“When there’s a vaccine, we will do all those things again!”

As I say. Silly me.

There’s a vaccine now! Several of them! Very promising ones!

If only…we could get one.

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About Shannon Page

Shannon Page is a Pacific Northwest author and editor. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static,, and many anthologies, including the Australian Shadows Award-winning Grants Pass, and The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk. Books include The Queen and The Tower and A Sword in The Sun, the first two books in The Nightcraft Quartet; novel Eel River; story collection Eastlick and Other Stories; personal essay collection I Was a Trophy Wife; Orcas Intrigue, Orcas Intruder, and Orcas Investigation, the first three books in the cozy mystery series The Chameleon Chronicles, in collaboration with Karen G. Berry under the pen name Laura Gayle; and Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake. Our Lady received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and was a finalist for the Endeavour Award. Forthcoming books include Nightcraft books three and four; a sequel to Our Lady; and more Orcas mysteries. Edited books include the anthology Witches, Stitches & Bitches and the essay collection The Usual Path to Publication. She practices yoga, gardens, and has no tattoos.


Island Life: Trying to Get Shot (in the Arm) — 1 Comment

  1. Island life definitely has its challenges, though so beautiful out there. Best wishes getting a vaccination appointment! Our region is behind others with supplies.