Episode 21: Em celebrates her 18th birthday and gets a surprise. Plus, I’m preparing for fire season with the added complication of the pandemic. Episode 22: Aiden visits Em and arrives with a very special gift. Plus, I take a look at some unexpected pandemic silver linings. Episode 23: Desperate for news of Deb, Em makes a big decision to “use her strengths.” Plus I talk to author Julie Mayerson Brown about the joys of escaping into a good book and why we love hopeful—if not entirely happy—endings. Learn more about Julie Mayerson Brown at: www.juliemayersonbrown.com Episode 24: Em goes into the Care Ward to find Deb. Plus, meet the entrepreneurs of the 1600s who took advantage of The Great Plague. Episode 25: After sneaking into Bubble City to see Deb, Em confesses to her Dad. His response surprises her. Plus, I talk to Rayne Lacko, author of Dream Up Now, about self-care during the pandemic. Learn more about Rayne Lacko: www.raynelacko.com Find out about Dream Up Now: www.dreamupnow.com Episode 26: Em deals with the aftermath of her sneak visit to see Deb, and Aiden arrives with news. And as I wrap up a draft of my new novel-in-progress, I reflect on the challenges of focusing during these strange times.