Well, it turns out, this particular Barnes & Noble is just as overstuffed with people during the middle of a Wednesday afternoon as it is at 8:00 on a Friday night ... the only difference being slightly fewer shrieking toddlers, perhaps. The good news is that the adjoining Starbucks was nice and quiet by comparison, so the trip wasn't a total loss. But this was the final nail in the coffin of my once-beloved B&N scripting sessions. 2:15 on Wednesday? Come on, the place should be more or less dead, not packed to the gills with people whose only goal in life is to prevent me from having a table.
Oh well. I got a few weeks' worth of scripts written at least, so hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to bang out a decent strip and start trying -- ever, ever trying -- to build up the buffer again.
In the meantime, sleep beckons, and hopefully the bug will slip off quietly in the night. G'nite!