So I think it's about time I take up some of the real estate here. I doubt very much I'll be using it as a proper "progress journal," with % complete statistics or word counts (subject to change, of course), but more like a general wordvomit minddump kind of deal. Some kind of narration while I plug away at whatever it is I decide to work on at the moment. Mostly just to give me a kick in the rear to get going again. I'm at that awful "overcoming the inertia" stage where I've been sitting still so long that the simple act of starting again is a physical effort. But slowly I'm getting over it. Once I build the momentum back it'll be easier, for sure. I've been active on these boards mostly for two separate periods of time--back in 2008 when I first joined, and for a good eight months or so in 2014. While I was "away" between those two periods I wrote first drafts for four novels. Between the time I left last year and now, I've written nothing. Not a damn thing. "The World Below," a story I entered into the short story contest here a year ago, is the last work I completed. So needless to say, I've been itching to churn out some new stuff. I have an idea for my next novel, but it's not developed enough in my mind for me to put pen to paper yet (or, in my case, fingers to keys). It's getting there, but I've still got a few more details to iron out before I'm comfortable. Shouldn't take much longer. But in the meantime, I thought I'd help the easing in process by redrafting one of my older projects. My first novel is beyond repair, and that's perfectly fine--it's pretty junky, but it served its purpose long ago and is no longer really needed. My second novel, on the other hand, should be workable with enough editing. I've redrafted it a few times over the years, but this last push will, hopefully, get it to a point where I'm comfortable showing it to other eyes. So for the time being, I'm going to be keeping track of my "progress" in redrafting my second novel, Song of the Silver Fox, while novel number five finishes brainstorming itself into existence. I'll likely deviate along the way and throw in some stuff about the brainstorming as well, if only to keep track of all my brilliant ideas. But as I do my editing I'll jot down my findings and my thoughts, in the off chance that they could be useful to the world at large (maybe a bit of a stretch). They'll certainly be useful to me. I have on my coffee table the first chapter printed off, using tiny font size, no margins, and fast draft printing style to conserve paper and ink. Right next to it is the same pen I use when critiquing stories for the forum here. I plan to be just as ruthless.