I so did not want come back here and have to post yet another weekly update of no progress. Something snapped last week, and snapped good.
Between Sunday and Thursday of last week, got down 8,000+ words on the WIP, a short story, and a little fanfic project, in that order. What got me started was the short story, which is really too jokey to be able to do much with (and, per usual, quickly becoming a dark story … dammit), but after sitting down and letting about 1K fly out of me, suddenly I knew where I could connect back to the WIP. And then I was rolling.
Back on the wagon, baby! Feels good!