The period of no writing, no editing has dragged on long enough that I might as well consider myself on vacation. I can’t even blame it on summer, though hay fever does do a number on my eyes some days. Except for continuing to work on The New Serfdom, it’s a kind of limbo period. I’m reading a lot, sometimes a book a day. And I’m reading way too much news, to the point where I really need to pull back. It’s just too depressing.
At least TNS is starting to take shape. I’ve decided to let Gail (the mother) be a bitch. A well-meaning bitch, but still not someone you’d like to have as a friend unless you have huge stores of empathy and patience. I still don’t know where or if Andy the convict will fit in. If it turns out he doesn’t belong in the novel, I’ll give him his own short story.
One important part of the novel is the background — how things got to the point where it would be possible to set up your own little kingdom and pretty much own the people in it. I’ve been working that out so that there’s no danger of overloading readers with info. No infodumps! Just a little over two months to pull it all together.