Second, I have been participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Though I am not going to win the challenge, I am making progress on the novel. In the year from hell, progress was the goal, so I'm pleased.
Third, like everyone else I'm having some problems with this pandemic stuff. I'm just flat-out calling SARS-CoV-2 a plague now, as I do not recall any virus so insidious in the sheer number of different symptoms and long-term problems it can cause. It attacks at least two different body systems! It's like Stephen King wrote this year--no offense, Mr. King. (like he's going to read this, LOL)
Fourth, even without a pandemic the depression would be slamming me. I'm currently dealing with a little PTSD from something that happened a few years ago. I may talk about it publicly some day, but this is not that day, so we shall move on.
Fifth, back to the post title. The novel on which I am currently working is my first humor novel, North Pole: Confidential. This story is a lot of fun to write! When I go back over the chapters written in previous years--and cringe at how long it's taking me to write the thing--I absolutely love what I read. Do I see continuity errors, inconsistencies, and notes that say "fill in more later" throughout the draft? Yes. But I also see a lot of funny stuff and a ton of potential. This is probably the first story I've written that I know is good.
I hope you're all hanging in there. I apologize for going off-radar so much. Can't promise it won't happen again, but I will make more of an effort to remember that there are others out there who care and might like to know that I'm still here.