Twenty Twenty Vision

Fri 8 May 2020 – I wake at 3:55am. The London Plane tree outside the landing window —despite becoming so familiar to me during lockdown— looks different at four in the morning. Illuminated by the new LED streetlight at the side of the house, its leaves take on a hard sheen of holly. If the pair of white huskies were to pass by now they would surely glow as bright as they do in the day.

Daily observations made in the year 2020

When I started logging everyday observations on 1st January 2020, I had no idea that I’d end up viewing a chunk of the year through the landing window during a coronavirus pandemic. So apologies if things get a little Rear Window from mid-March onwards!

January features illustrations of birds that have been bleached blue by the sun
January 2020
February features a fibreglass Homer Simpson on the roof of an antiques shop
February 2020
March 2020
April - a seagull on the roof of the bowling alley, two red shipping cranes in the background
April 2020
May features a white Art Deco shelter
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020

About the project

This log began life partly out of wanting to do something with the ‘20/20 vision’ pun, and partly because I was flitting between writing projects… I was considering parking the short stories for a while in order to embark on a novella, but wasn’t quite ready to commit to one particular narrative over a long period of time. So, here I am, writing with no plot or narrative at all, over a period of 366 days. Hey ho.

Future instalments of Twenty Twenty Vision will be imaginatively titled August, September, October, November and December 2020, and these will be added in real time – more or less – as and when we get there (if and when we get there).