I thought I was back. I really did. Honestly. But the fact was that I still didn't have a clear vision of where I was going in the story. The major problem was an inability - a complete paralysis - about cutting any of my precious words.
You see, I really liked what I had written, thought it was clever and sharp. Maybe it was. But that's no matter because if it doesn't move the story forward, then OUT it goes.
Slice, chop, eliminate!
I may be back now. Stay tuned...