Communion Of Dreams

Coming back online.

You may have noticed that some of my posts have gotten a little longer over time, at least in the last couple of months.  I haven’t been doing word counts or anything, but that is my sense of it, looking back over the archives.  This is because I am emerging from the exhaustion of caring for Martha Sr, slowly but surely.

And as this progresses, it is interesting to see how certain aspects of my life are starting to come back to me.  My wife and I have started to resume something that can be called a social life, getting together with friends for lunch or dinner, having people over.  I finally got that book review of the Matheson Companion done – that had been hanging over my head for a while.  I’m putting together the stuff for the ballistics testing, and figure that we’ll have the website for that up next month some time.  I got my garden in, and am harvesting strawberries.  This is good.

And I’m starting to get a creative itch again.  No, not the low-level sort of creativity that goes with this blog and my conservation work.  I’m thinking about the next novel.  I’ll probably toss out what I have written of St. Cybi’s Well, and just start fresh – those first couple of chapters were so long ago that I barely remember what I intended to do with them.  It takes (me, anyway) a lot of mental energy to juggle all the various threads in a decent novel, and I’m not ready just yet to tackle that.  But I am thinking about it, and that is a very good sign.

And I have another idea for something completely and totally unrelated, which would also be a lot of fun.  But I have to wait to get a new computer system for that – this old thing just doesn’t have the capabilities which would be required.  I would also need to learn some new software programs.  From these facts you can guess that this idea would have something to do with the ‘net, and you would be right, but that’s all I’ll say for now.

Oh, yeah, and I need to learn survival Spanish sometime before going to Patagonia in October.

It’s nice to feel this way again.

Jim Downey

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