I went on a two-week vacation home to western New York. I rode the Maid of the Mist (haven't done that since little-kid-dom, and it was a blast), and visited family, and went to my favorite place in the world, Letchworth State Park. I got to talk to two friends who are still in the area. And I got sad because the reason only two people are still around, I think, is that the economy is even more tanked there than it used to be. Buffalo's perking up (well, actually, I kind of think "gentrifying" may be closer to the mark in some ways), but Niagara Falls, NY is dire, and my hometown... I went down Main Street and it was... did I already use "dire"? They're trying, God knows, but you can only have so many supporting businesses in town when there's not a big industry left to support. I picked up a copy of the local paper, where I did my first pro writing (paid by the inch, when I was in high school), and I saw the refurbished park, and how someone restored the old Victorian I used to live in when it was split into apartments. (Hint on bad economy: A six bedroom, three bath house on a quarter acre of land with a swimming pool across the street from a park is valued under six figures. Oh, and a BLOCK OF BUILDINGS auctioned off for $350.)
On a more positive note, I visited out around Palmyra, too, and saw three missionaries acting like total teenagers, having a rolling race down Hill Cumorah.
I can't seem to get writing again, so I may have to just issue apologies, wipe the slate clean, and start in another fandom. I'm kind of running out of stuff to say on THG. (No, I haven't started hating it or anything -- I still love all my fandoms -- I've just been finding it a chore not to repeat myself lately.) I'm thinking about PJO. I got half a book mapped out of Jason's pre-HOO adventures, just for kicks.