I’ve been hitting my targets—although Chapter 7, which must be finished on Sunday, is proving challenging. I’m pleased the way the story and the characters are blooming.

But writing makes me dumb in the world—”walking into chairs” is how Margaret Atwood once put it—yet the stuff of life keeps piling up and must be properly attended to. For this reason, I’ve just now decided to have my VA answer my fan mail for me (in her name, of course). Reading and answering letters from fans is a great joy, a task I’m passing on reluctantly. It’s temporary, I reassure myself, until I emerge from this “the swamp.”