October 5th, 2021 – 1,105

I cannot tell you how good it feels to have target before 5pm again. I can’t remember how long it’s been – actually that is a lie, I just checked and it was September 10th. I have, not been ok for a long time. No wonder the end of TBS was a fractured mess, it was reflecting how I was doing. Ah well, so moving on from that, I am now back in the office, back to having a routine in diet and exercise that works, and enjoying a nostalgia trip listening to the complete Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation – I didn’t realise they’d compiled it on Audible now, so that was a nice surprise. I also bought volumes 1-8 of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue on tape, because I miss the cassettes. Need to set up the tape deck somewhere, and a sound system. It’s nice to have frivolous little projects to focus on.

I didn’t get a full night of sleep, in part because as I was switching off, I realised a project I now badly want to work on. I want to practice evoking locations in my writing better, and the thought occured to me that I could just write a series of shorts that have no characters or plot, and just follow in second person as we explore a location. Without any distraction, the hope is it would get me to practice in specific the level of detail needed to evoke all the senses of a location, as well as acting as a useful tool for editing the series if I list off and do one of these for every location in The Service to Ore. So yeah, again, it’s nice to feel inspired. Tonight though, I’m just gonna do some cable management on Valkrie, and lose myself in some Stardew. The world is finally feeling calm again for now.