Okay, well, here I am back again, after a hiatus last week, for which I apologize. I suppose that I can’t be held entirely to blame for that break—after all, the cause was hurricane Irma, which did a fair amount of damage to south Florida, and kept the power out where I live for over a week. My neighborhood is fairly old, and there are quite a few trees, and the power lines have seen better days. This is not a great combination when a category 5 hurricane comes through, though thankfully we did not get hit by the main force of the beast, as we thought was going to happen.
I had intended to do my fiction writing even when the power was out—I had my clipboard and a stack of notebook paper all ready—but the sheer annoyance and mugginess of south Florida without either regular lights or air conditioning just made the whole thing too unpleasant. Actually, it was fairly unpleasant to do most things, even to sleep. Late summer in Florida is no joke. I guess if I’d known that I was going to be stuck in those conditions on an ongoing basis, I would have just buckled down, bitten the bullet, and mixed my metaphors—goodness knows I’ve been through worse—but given that I knew it was quite temporary, I used the occurrence as an excuse to be mildly lazy.
However, as of Monday morning, I am back at the word processor, and have been writing steadily on “Unanimity.” It’s moving along well. I’ve been writing what I hope is one of the most intense and dark scenes in the book, and it’s becoming longer than I thought it would be. I fear it will need some serious pruning before I’m done with it. Oh, well, I’ve had a lot of practice lately with cutting up unnecessary and troublesome branches of one kind or another.
I’ve been working toward the making of my planned video log, which will be named the same as my other blog on WordPress (Iterations of Zero), though I don’t know if I’ll officially name the channel or anything. I expect that, before I come out with my next post here, I’ll have created the inaugural video for Iterations of Zero, and that’s kind of exciting. It may be uncharitable of me to inflict my face on the viewing world, but since no one is forced to watch, I say caveat viewor. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it worth your pain. It’ll be worth it to me, anyway.
In the meantime, things are returning to normal, or what passes for normal in south Florida (those of you who have read Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen, or their ilk, will know that Florida is a bizarre place indeed…especially if you realize that they do not need to embellish most of what they write). The trains are running again, the weather is muggy and hot, the drivers are almost uniformly terrible (apparently something about the local climate interferes particularly with the function of turn signals) and greenery takes root on anything that sits still for longer than five minutes.
I’m going to cut it a bit short this week (I’m sure you’re all devastated); we went back into work last Thursday, as soon as the power came back at the office, and have been working straight every day since, to try to make up for the days that we missed while the hurricane raged and ranted. So, I’m a little tired from that, and just from trudging my way through the hurricane and its aftermath.
Hopefully my next posting here will also contain a link to my latest (and earliest) video on YouTube, and you can let me know what you think. In the meantime…