A little while ago I got an idea in my head that I was going to scribble about, where Xander got vamped & ensouled more or less around the same time that Spike got--surprise!--shanshued, and how funny that would be, and I opened my Word file and I started to write and then thought: eh. It seemed too self-conscious, and too much effort to try and keep things in character when I knowingly wanted to write "loose," even if only to kill fifteen minutes.
I need to finish the next Sidelines story; I need the constraints of a more disciplined narrative form now. Subtleties was like a palate cleanser, I guess. The whole point of it was spontaneity, so trying to force more scribbling now--that makes no sense.