Yes, it's been a while. So much has happened.
Speaking of life.
As I was writing my fictional story, reality was happening all around me. The 'surreal unreal for real.' I realized I was getting a lesson in the 'life' of the protagonist. Characters. Conflict. All the things that make for a great story.
Perhaps, this 'like life' experience is what many writers turn to their advantage. The ability to empathize with the characters in their stories and understand what motivates them.
Translating the emotion onto the page, or movie screen, is the challenge.
Looking forward to it.