Apologies to my devoted-yet-miniscule readership. I haven’t been updating this blog for the simple reason that I haven’t been writing. Why, you ask? See if you can guess:
1. I broke both arms in a freak fencing accident.
2. I won the lottery and have only just returned from a round-the-world cruise.
3. I quit smoking and have been too much of a depressed loon to take on a big new endeavor.
If you guessed “3,” you’re right! Ding, ding, ding! Johnny, tell the lady what she’s won!
Incidentally, in addition to being a depressed loon, I’m also extremely vulnerable to “trigger” situations – and writing is the biggest for me. Pen in one hand, cigarette in the other – that’s always been my modus operandi. I’m like Pavlov’s dog - now I just need to reprogram my brain to do something other than smoke (or eat!) when I start to write…
I’ve gotten a new “writing chair,” de-smokified my office, steam cleaned the carpet and laundered the curtains, but I’m not quite feeling strong enough yet. (Last time I quit, I went back to smoking after 5 days because I tried to write and couldn’t). I’m getting there, though – today is Day 47, and I’m starting to really miss writing. So I’ll probably get back into it soon…
In the meantime, there’s lots of research to be done. In non-smoking environs, thankfully!
(Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I haven’t heard a word about Meeting Darkness yet. I don’t want to be a pest, so I’m not going to follow up with the agent for another month. I suppose all this enforced patience is good for my soul or something…)