1) Been poleaxed by a stomach bug for most of the week. Today is the first full day of a regular food menu and normal functioning. Still rather drained, but pretty much back up to speed.

2) I have not had a drop of coffee since Tuesday. I think that some of the feeling unenergized (and feeling down as well) may come from a level of caffeine withdrawal. Not sure if I will try this out a little longer or not. Coffee has some cultural and symbolic significance for me, I’ve found. It’s hard to not want to pick it back up again.
3) Books obtained in the past week:
The Alteration is going into my reading queue right away. It just sounds far too naughty and odd to miss.
4) As a result, not much writing. I re-read the first half of the novel draft last night, and made a few notes (and got some good advice from Will Shetterly and my friend Judd about it). Tonight I am wiped from a super-busy day at work and I think I will crawl off to finish James Enges‘ excellent This Crooked Way. I was a bit trepidatious about the book at the start, especially when he used a bit of slang that shattered the suspension of disbelief for me, but it’s full of fascinating ideas and driven by a solid story.
5) Want a bit more excitement? Go over to Blake Charlton’s website and witness his snarkfest with Sam Sykes. ‘Sfunny.
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