...is that they take so long to write.
So, after traveling to Flagstaff, Arizona, then to the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, then Sydney Australia and Cairns Australia, and then back and forth from Tucson and Cleveland three times this year on some of the most soul-draining, bad-weather observing runs ever, the last of which ended with the plane ride from hell where I got stuck in the Dallas airport for 9 hours (through the night and into the next morning, due to bad weather and technical problems with the gate when we finally arrived), during which time I stared in a daze at footage of the earthquake that happened in Nepal, I'm finally feeling energetic enough to do some more creative work. However, what I decided when I started working again was, I'm going to put aside most other projects and finish the novel I've been working on for what seems like forever.
I'm currently in the process of going through the draft I have page by page and making thousands of minor changes and hundreds of major ones, to get the tone consistent, to keep the logic consistent, to improve the sentence structure and language, and to work into it an actual common running theme (since right now it's more or less a disaster in that regard). It's painstaking, sometimes excruciating, and extremely time-consuming, but I want the damned thing to be, if not perfect (which will not happen), at least perfectly solid. But what that means is, again, I doubt I'll be posting much to Weasyl during this time.
So if you're wondering why I haven't been particularly active on Weasyl for... I don't know, 9 months? A year? Something like that. (Excepting admin duties; I still do those.) These are basically the reasons. Expect more of the same for the foreseeable future. I'll try to get some artwork done, at least, since I'm much more lazy and half-assed about that. But hopefully what that means is, at some distant time and place, I'll have published a pretty good novel. And even if it gets buried in the sands of time, unread and unloved, big deal, one more life goal achieved.
PS: I have been working on the rewrite of Vagabond off and on (I need to change the title, though). About 100 pages into the rough draft. But that's also going on hold until this other project of mine is complete.