I bet you’ve never seen that writing excuse before. 🙂
I don’t mean it as an excuse, though. He really does have the flu. Right now, early January, 2015. But it isn’t quite influenza; it’s the infamous and mysterious “rare dragon disease.” Not that he knows that.
(No dragons were involved in the making of this retrovirus. Just so you know.)
Besides, I’ve been writing anyway. Now that one of the things this character was so afraid of is out of the way (and not nearly the problem he expected it to be), I can write what happens afterward more easily. *shakes head* It shouldn’t be easy — there’s a lot of not much, and then the lead-up to what happened in Utah. Need to figure out character motivation for the lead-up (why does he leave?), which means I need to discuss this part of the story with my clone.
The character who created the retrovirus, by the way… I know why he did it, and I know how he did it, and — Murphy help me! — I even know a little bit about what he will do/did soon afterward. So if my clone finds writing about the aftermath of a recent apocalypse a little too cheerful for his tastes, I can suggest that he write the right-now events for the same viewpoint character.