Nov. 3rd, 2005

aadler: (ck4)

8:30PM Central Afghan Time

The last three days, I’ve been dealing with a mild case of depression. For me, the principal symptom isn’t hopelessness and misery, but a substantial lack of motivation. Didn’t help that we had a mandatory height/weight check scheduled for today at the med shed, so I went a day and a half without eating or drinking to be sure I was safely under the margin. Hunger is not conducive to a sunny mood.

The funny part of that is that my writing was the part of my normal routine that these days of blahh affected the least. I didn’t write anything at all day before yesterday; aside from that, it’s been a steady 1,000 to 1,500 words a day. “Glass Ceiling” is now just under 9,000 words; it could go double that, though I have a feeling I’ve laid enough background and things are about to begin moving toward resolution.

In other news, I got further copy from [ profile] sroni, a little over 1,000 words in addition to what she’d sent me previously. “Queen’s Gambit”, then, is also moving along, though not at the same pace as I do when I’m on a roll.

The high today at Kandahar Air Field was 71ºF, the low 41ºF. This is not what we’ve been dealing with for the past several months. The guys in the overflow barracks are asking for blankets now, where before it was a matter of whether or not the A/C was turned high enough. Winter months are usually a time of reduced Taliban activity; our field teams will keep going after them, trying to make their lives as miserable as possible in inhospitable weather, but in my more protected location there’s likely to be even less threat than usual.

[ profile] bellatemple produced another chapter of “Fanon Fodder”. Fun continues. I won’t begin reading her “Mercy Seat” until it’s finished, but since I’m already involved in FF, I’ll continue reading new installments as they appear. (Same for [ profile] liz_marcs’ work; I’d be happy to continue following “the Acme Heartbreak Repair Kit”, but she’s shelved that for now to work on “Water Hold Me Down”, which I won’t begin until it’s finished.)

Life goes on.