This has been a major downtime for me, something that comes around once or twice a year and just has to be endured until it goes away. It’s been hard to focus, so none of my projects have moved towards completion. Editing Gift of the Ancien came to a screeching halt, even though it’s number one priority. I’ve spent whole days doing nothing but reading. And I do mean nothing — no housework except the bare minimum when there are no more clean dishes or anything to cook with, and the litter box. Can’t let the cat suffer because I’m not very functional.
Still, surprisingly, story ideas keep turning up and there’s forward progress on planning for The New Serfdom. Various tentative projects look a little less tentative, even it’s still unclear how I’ll ever get to them. The hand slaves universe won’t let me go, and I’m now thinking about a book that has two or three stories in that universe. One is almost finished, one is well-started, and the third is still just a few notes.
Yesterday, I realized that I was starting to come out from under the cloud, so all that is looking like a welcome challenge again rather than an impossible burden. Today is for finishing the betaing of a novel, and giving myself some good shakes to get rid of the last of the gloom. The weather might be partly responsible for the turnaround, with the temperatures dropping to a range that doesn’t wear me out. Or it might just be a natural turn of the cycle. Whatever, it’s time to get back to work.