I told myself that apologizing for not blogging is silly, so I won’t. Still, I should explain my silence.
I’m at a bit of a low ebb at the moment. This year has been absolutely insane. Tenure and promotion. Meggie’s departure. Work ramping up and ramping down. Working hard on The Long-Lost Friend, an article, a book project, and two works for Cthulhu, all coming due within weeks of each other. The trip to France. A return to jump in with some event planning with my friends.
And now, it’s over. It’s just me and the snake, who is considering eating me. There’s a small matter of scale that prevents that, of course.
France really knocked me for a loop. Mind you, it was wonderful and spectacular and life-changing and I will never regret any part of it. If you’ve got a Facebook account, you can see my album. Nonetheless, it was also very taxing to be an introvert traveling alone in a country in which one does not have a great command of the language, so it left me feeling exhausted and desiring solitude.
There is, of course, the Book of Oberon, which creeps along toward completion. Joe’s making textual comparisons and translations and Phil’s got the art. I’m working on the introduction, while taking stabs from time to time at transcribing yet another Oberion rite located at a Scottish archive. In any case, it’s very slow, precise work, with a great deal of fact-checking and doubling back to make sure that everything is accurate and that a particular phrase doesn’t include any mistaken assumptions.
I need a project – something that’s mine, that I can grab and handle at my own pace. I’m dabbling in a screenplay and thinking about two or three possibilities, but nothing’s really caught my interest just yet. Having something to work on is really a great aid to me psychologically.
It’d be good to hear from people, in the comments or by email. Say hi, suggest stuff, ask questions about France. Lest anyone be concerned, I’m not depressed – life has too much neat stuff for me to play with for any funk to last. I’m just feeling a bit aimless right now.