There are days - I know there have been many days - when I have railed against Trees, Trees, and More Trees surrounding me every day (no big sky of NM, no ever-seductive Los Angeles, no endless diversity of London or NYC, etc.). But without the Trees (and hence the absence of much external distraction, apart from birds) would I ever have Finished My First Draft? Yes!! Vindication for the last month of very very hard work (and the rest of the year leading up to this). Sure, it'll need tweaking and massaging, but it's there! It's the right shape! Thank you, woods (and of course the NHC, sitting in them).