When I got home, instead of drawing what I remembered with a pen, I grabbed a veiner and carved away the lights as I remembered them. I carved two little blocks and then tried printing them superimposed, slightly off register, overlapping--- Below is the second of the blocks, after some modification, printed alone.
I am trying to teach myself how to carve without sketching guide lines or transferring an image to reproduce. Direct carving takes different kinds of observation than drawing because drawing with a knife pulls out lights instead of putting down darks. As if it weren't mind-bending enough to work backwards!