My Clever Plan for after that is to relax and read until the 3rd, at which point I start re-reading and thinking about TQB, which I will start writing on Monday. COYOTE revisions have, by necessity, been put off for a while.
rob_donoghue pointed me at the Dana, an Alphasmart product which is probably a much, much more practical and sensible purchase for me than an actual laptop, since what I require from a laptop is word processing capability and a trivial weight that allows me to carry it easily for travel. The Dana has massive battery power, weighs less than any of the ultralight laptops I've looked at, and is a fifth or less the price than any of them. Its only flaw is the smallish screen, but y'know, I could adapt. I'm seriously thinking I should get one of these. (My retro pen and paper works, obviously, but man, typing is faster, and man, twice, is it easier to read than handwriting done on a moving, rattling train...!)
miles to Isengard: 240