For a few days, after a couple of very sleepless nights, I've kicked around an idea for a new book. It's sort of a novel, but with a structure more like an anthology. The subject is escape, and the real foundation is fighting against depression. In any case, I scribbled out one character, actually two, and their initial story while somewhere in the air between Denver and Minnesota. Then yesterday, starting completely from scratch with nothing more than a name, I managed to create another character and her situation while flying from Chicago back to Portland. I'm thinking I'll type up that latter section and post it here. It's a cliffy ending at the moment, but that's likely the way the book will be constructed...with a chapter about A, then a chapter about B, then a chapter about C, and then maybe an update to A, etc. I'm debating about bringing all the characters together at the end, but at this point that seems nearly impossible since they live in different worlds. Their individual escapes are sometimes physical...although none of them (thus far) are in jail or whatever, and sometimes mental/emotional/psychological. I'm not sure all the escapes will end positively, but real life doesn't work that way anyhow. I guess we'll see, but this is writing that simply "happens." I haven't planned much of it, at least plotwise, so it pretty much just comes out as I try to put myself into the picture and then see where it leads me.
On a different note, the ACt IV libretto is all done except for translating some sections into the appropriate languages. About time to crawl over to the piano and start putting notes on staves.