1) Suddenly, I have scripts again, and the strip will be up and running at full steam on Nov. 1 as advertised. This is quite a relief for me, as I wasn't making much progress and was starting to get worried. :) All it took was a good kernel of an idea, and this one not only picks up a current storyline and runs with it, but is quite a twist from the SJ status quo.
2) Finally, a lunar eclipse that isn't completely hidden by clouds! At least, not 'til it was in totality. This makes, what, the third I've actually gotten to see in my lifetime?