Italic practice, after a break

Time passes, I travel, I do other things, and suddenly I realize it's been awhile since I practiced any lettering. Sure, I've done an edition of 1-5/8" x 3" books with tiny capitals lettering in it, and finished a baby quilt, and done some lettering on mirrors. None of that "counts" towards lettering practice — as is proved by the uncertainty and inconsistency of today's practice lettering. I'm preparing for a long piece, and this must improve!