I just wanted to do a quick post to say sorry for being MIA the past several days. I've been busy wrapping up, and subsequently going over, the first (very, very rough) draft of my manuscript, and I've let most other things take a back seat to that. I do plan to return tomorrow or the day after with a post or two, not the least of which is my and my husband's one-year anniversary December 2. And other stuff. Stay tuned.
One thing: I had the bulk of my manuscript, a hundred and forty-some-odd pages, on the table for a read-through. My cat evidently decided I was neglecting him, and when I got up for a drink hopped on the table and promptly shoved the whole mess to the floor, whereupon the unbound pages did that flutter-scatter thing loose pages are wont to do. (Luckily, they were numbered. Still, it took a while to put it back together.) He is very lucky I'm writing so much lately about stewardship of nature and animals, and that I have an abiding desire to not feel like a hypocrite. Otherwise the offending paw might have been in jeopardy.
(I'm kidding, of course. I'm a huge softy. But I did hold him at eye level and lecture him sternly. Which was exactly as futile and foolish-looking as it sounds.)