Yesterday I finished making my final edits, responding to the publisher’s final edits, on a new book (Breakdown, which will be in stores on January 3). This should be a time of euphoria, but endings are for me melancholy times. I typically go around in a kind of brain-dead fog for several weeks. This time I’m trying to short-circuit the fog by going out of town–my husband needs me to attend to some personal matters in his home town that he doesn’t feel well enough to handle, and then I’ll take a few days for hiking or whale watching or whatever is happening this time of year in the Pacific northwest. And come back incredibly buoyant. even exuberant, for my fall travel/lecture schedule.