“So now that you’re working some, how’s it going with ‘The Writing?’” a friend asked recently. It was kind of her to ask and I always appreciate it when someone refers to what I do as ‘The Writing.’ There’s nothing like putting an article in front of any verb to make it instantly and comedically smaller—something that might fit in your pocket or that’s suitable for dressing up in a tiny dog sweater. And shrinking any concept in that kind of ruthlessly efficient manner has the added benefit of creating a sense of sudden remove from it and, along with it, the perspective one can enjoy only when regarding something from a distance. My knee-jerk response to her question was, “Not so well, thanks.”…