This is truly a rubbish post, but it's what I got and Malasarn did not step up and fill in for filler this time.
I'm working on a new novel and I got stuck with chapter four, not having any real energy to work on it. It occurred to me that I was just showing things happen around my protagonist, that my protagonist wasn't emotionally engaged in any of the action. She was mostly just watching other people, and even though those other people were doing interesting things, my protagonist may as well have been asleep during the action. Certainly I was, and certainly my reader would've been. So I asked myself "What does any of this have to do with my protagonist?" And then I sat and made some notes about how everything that happened in the three scenes that make up Chapter 4 reveal my protagonist's character and bits of her history, and now the chapter has come alive and I want to finish writing it. Win! Anyway, this is a gentle reminder that if your main characters are not active, then your story is not active either. If the action doesn't matter to your main character, the action doesn't matter at all.
Also...there was something else, really there was. I can't think of it now. It was important, too. Damn. Damn oh damn, all gone. Was it "Go Cardinals!" No, though I hope they win.
There really was a second item I wanted to post about, but it's well and truly gone now. Huh. That's what happens when you reach my age, kids. Be warned.