I've been feeling unusually quiet lately, Blogreader, as you may or may not have noticed from my lack of posts. I've been writing a little, outlining some—thinking and plotting and dreaming a bit in the hopes that I will soon have enough planning done to start my new draft.
I've been staying off the computer more than normal as well.
This isn't depression, this latest batch of quiet. I am familiar with depression, and this is something else. As near as I can tell, it is simply quiet.
It is good to be silent sometimes, I think. Besides, using the standard picture/word ratio, my last post was slightly over 10,000 words. Surely that was enough to last a while.
You guys seem to have continued the tie score as to whether the clouds in the previous post were cotton candy or the impending apocalypse. I suppose I will declare cotton candy the winner on the basis of the earth's continued existence.
We have been having a heatwave here. If you don't understand the cliche about it not being the heat but the humidity, come and spend a summer in Chicago. Sadly, the really bad heat, the kind that actually claims lives, is not due until late this month and throughout August. So there's that to look forward to.
I finally broke down and bought an air conditioner two years ago. Within a few hours I was puzzled at how I had survived for so many years without one. As much as I support energy conservation and the like, there is also a limit to how many hours I am willing to lie in a pool of my own sweat trying to pretend I'm not miserable.
Announcement #1: In case you have forgotten or were not aware, the next GBA(s)FC will be starting August 1st. I imagine it'll run a lot like the last one, except that I will be scaling back the prizes somewhat. I plan to have only a single winner in the Author's Choice and Jury's Choice categories, and possibly an honorable mention or two. This is due to budgetary restraints as well as wanting to make sure that the people who win feel special. A friend also pointed out that a high percentage of winners also can make the people who do not receive an award feel worse. This makes sense to me.
Announcement #2: I will be quitting smoking on Monday, July 16. Tuesday at the latest (depending on when I finish off my current stash). This will not be my first attempt to quit smoking, but I hope it'll be my last. So wish me luck with that, and send me candy if you wanna. Well, e-candy, I guess. I expect I'll try to blog when things get rough, so you can expect some posts about how I'm feeling terrible. What fun!