I can always give up and pay Cris for some studio time and editing expertise if it proves to be too much for me. I really want to find out how to do all this stuff by myself, though, because I have so much stuff that I have to document in demo-quality form. Just to have Cris master the tracks alone costs almost as much as hourly studio time, so it's not as if he won't get paid. He threw in the mastering the last time I recorded with him.
I also managed to get well into book five of the sketchbook layouts of "The Legend...." I hope to start proofreading what I've done by next weekend. This weekend has been very productive! I decided to stop where I was with the layouts and devote the rest of the weekend to recording.
The woman thing seems to be doing pretty good. I don't know if I'll be able to go on an actual date anytime in the foreseeable future, but women in various parts of my world seem to want to talk to me about this, that, and the other. The woman who runs the open mic I go to at New World Deli on Mondays went out of her way to tell me that she'd noticed an improvement in my guitar playing, for example.
It does seem as if my guitar playing has improved. I guess that if I do enough recording, I will get comfortable enough with that to do good takes, and thus I won't need an to do so much editing. That way I might be more likely to be able to do the recording and editing by myself.