*Sidles back onto the internet*
So, OK, I might have gotten a bit carried away and spent... wow... 13 months reading stuff on the internet instead of doing anything else on the internet.
I found a few blogs whose archives I tore through, which led to other blogs which led to collections of short stories that led to collections of longer stories that led to stories long enough to consider books and of course I had to read all of them as well and all this was liberally interspersed with trying to get all the way back to the first post of several tumblrs and some people post so much stuff to their tumblrs that by the time you wake up the next morning the page number you were up to the day before is now showing stuff from four days ago and you aren't so much catching up as being buried alive...
I became straight up obsessed with 'finishing'.
Finishing each blog, each tumblr, each author's selection of stories, each set of stories in a particular genre or collection.
All of it.
I have no idea where it came from.
I haven't been obsessed with anything like that in years and never for that long.
I would have read millions of words worth of fiction and non-fiction while at the same time reading nothing that could be added to my Reading List.
I achieved very little else last year.
Didn't watch many TV shows or movies, did no sewing or drawing, tried fewer new recipes, didn't keep up with my Italian, did very little knitting.
Just made a concentrated effort to READ THE ENTIRE INTERNET!!! 0_0
But I think I'm OK now.
I honestly had a 'the fog lifted' moment and almost full on Ebenezer Scrooge 'You, boy, what day is this!?' style noticed the rest of the world.
Enthusiasm for and interest in other things came flooding back in.
I hadn't by any means felt myself to be depressed, just mysteriously fixated to the exclusion of all else.
The crazy thing is that the entire time I was staring slack-jawed at the pretty screen, I was taking notes for things I wanted to write and projects I wanted to start but popped them to the side because meh, I'd get to them later when I was done.
So now that I've blinked myself awake like Rip Van Winkle I'm going to start posting again.
I'm also going to try post things for all the ideas I had but didn't use and post them up listed when I would have posted them if I hadn't been in a trance state.
These I will clearly mark as backdated posts because I very definitely was not anything approaching productive during that time and I'll not pretend otherwise.
So, yes, hello!
I am in fine health, I've had no negative life events, I just drifted away like a beagle who has locked on to a scent and have now finally found my way back.
I hope you've all been more engaged in the world than I have and look forward to seeing what you have all been doing while I was in my zombie-like state.
And because you can never have enough Nanny Ogg or Granny Weatherwax...
(I swear, if I could find these for sale I would snap them up faster than you could say 'MINE!!!')