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I've been back from my summer holiday for a while now. We spent a week on the island Bornholm with my wife's parents in a lovely summer cottage. On Bornholm, nothing is more than 35 kilometers away, so we made frequent excursions to the different towns and tourist sights there.
My wife and I both have family from the town Nexø, so we went there with the kids to see the home of my wife's great-grandfather. He was the leading communist author in Denmark for nearly half a century, and though we don't share his sentiments, his home was worth a visit.

Visits to the beach were... well, not as frequent as we'd hoped, since we had over 70 millimeters of rain while we were there. Still, we had good weather for our visit to the medieval fair and the ruins of Hammershus, which is by far the best preserved medieval castle in Denmark.

And we met... The Albino Slug!
While this all made for a great trip, it was spoiled somewhat by the return of my depression. As I've mentioned earlier, I'd weaned myself off my medication, but that didn't pan out. At all. About a week after I dropped it entirely, I started getting moody, lost my concentration, and developed severe trouble with my self-esteem. Then I started losing my temper over irrelevant stuff, and that didn't make things better. All this was familiar territory from my first round of depression, so I knew it was time to seek help. Now, meds are back in my diet, and after two weeks, things are just about back to normal, although I'm still more tired than usually. That too will pass, I think.

With the mood back in order, I'm also back in the writing business. This means I'm revising my novel, as well as a short story I drafted earlier this year. So far I've done about 120 pages of revisions these past two weeks, and that puts the novel at 'nearly half done'. Plus I've got a new short story for my critique group to chop up :-)

For the fun of it, I'm rereading George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. I still love this series, and I'm very much looking forward to 'A Dance with Dragons'--the reviews on Amazon are pretty lukewarm, but reviews be damned. I'll read it anyway.

So, with this post I suppose I'm back in the stream of internet posting and commenting. I've probably missed a month's worth of F-list news, so if you've had any great announcements that I should know about... Congratulations! If you want, you can share it again in the comments :-)


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Aug. 17th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
Ew, slug!
Aug. 17th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
Sorry about that :-) I just couldn't resist a picture of an albino in the wild.
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Aug. 17th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I hope you had a good time away from the 'net yourself :-)
Aug. 17th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
That is one ugly slug. But welcome back anyway!
Aug. 18th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks :-)
Aug. 17th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
It's a beautiful slug! It's just what a slug is supposed to look like. (Can you tell I'm a biologist?)

Sorry for the repeat of the blues - glad you had meds at hand to help. That old brain chemistry sometimes just can't be ignored. Take care of yourself, sweetie!
Aug. 18th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like the slug! It doesn't get all that much love in the other comments ;-) Biologist, yes, but I think your comment could have been made by a Zen Buddhist as well.
Aug. 17th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear that your foray into life without meds didn't work out, but I'm very happy indeed that you saw the need, and started taking them again. Good for you, Jakob. It takes a lot of courage to try going off, and a lot of it again going back on. Many (((hugs))) to you.

ALBINO SLUG!!! That is the coolest thing EVER!!!
Aug. 18th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! It would have been nice to be without the medicine, but at least they work well without too many side-effects. Glad you liked the slug :-)
Aug. 17th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
I had a little brown slug on my arm the other day, they're amazingly sticky.

Happy work on the novel, go you! :) nice to have you back.
Aug. 18th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
I can imagine they're sticky. I prefer to take pictures of them, though.
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