I've been away awhile - a little longer than expected, but "real life" seems to have a way of taking over sometimes. Someone recently made the observation that the last several months were a bit of a "hurricane", which is true - there was a lot going on, and it was at times overwhelming.
But the storm abated, and thankfully I was able to take a much-needed break over the summer. I spent the time recharging - relaxing, seeing friends, visiting H's family up north and my family in Canada, crocheting a little here and there - before starting a new job as a technical writer, a direction I've been slowly working towards for the last little while. It's a pretty steep learning curve still, but it's nice to know the work paid off. And a huge confidence boost to see that I can set fairly big goals and accomplish them.
The next step is to get serious about setting some goals for my creative life, something I think and talk and dream about endlessly, but somehow have never been able to get around to doing properly. Now that all the "other stuff" is sorted, I feel like I might finally be able to set aside time to find some focus.