Little Sparrow is on the back burner for now. It's missing an element, but I'm not sure what. I've already had to trash and rewrite part of it and I'm only a few chapters in, so it obviously needs more background work before I go on.
In the meantime, I've started a silly new project to entertain me and basically just get me writing again. I'm used to having a few fallow periods each year after I finish big projects, but this fallow period has been going on since February. I can no longer blame the time travel story; now it's just me being lazy and out of the habit of writing daily.
The new project grew out of that post a few weeks ago about what I'd take with me if I had half an hour to pack for a trip to fantasyland. I kept coming back to it, trying to figure out how to make that scenario work and not make it corny. I've settled on a world similar to ours but one in which magic works, where there are natural portals to a connected world that's not as technologically advanced. The advanced world sends expeditions to the other world to study it. Our Heroine, a zoologist named Theresa, has been on a waiting list for years to go on an expedition, and finally she gets the call. Now the fun begins! I think it'll keep me writing until I'm ready to work on Little Sparrow again, and it might even turn out pretty good.