Well- here I am and it's late! Or rather it's the day of and I'm unprepared! But, excuses I have!
I am in the midst of moving! Which people say is one of the the lost stressful things you can do in life. I have moved often and it gets a LITTLE easier, but it's also been a long time and I have accumulated a lot of stuff. But that's not why I'm here!
During this long process of selling house and packing and cleaning and fixing, I haven't been doing any writing. OK- I got one short story done and submitted to an anthology and it got accepted! However 90% of my creative energies have been utterly depleted and I'm not continuing the Carmine sequel I started writing last year and stopped because I got stuck and my other WIP was going better. And I have been feeling guilty!
On top of that I have yet to start another a Middle Grade novel (MG is an age category aimed at children age 8-12) after my MG novel "The Bird Fairies" went down like the Titanic. And yes I know the title sucks!!
What little I have been doing creatively is drawing which takes far less time and mental energy than writing (which is why I like it so much more! But art is even WORSE to try to make a living at unless you are super talented and I. my friends, am not.
SO that left me with maybe 5% creative energies (on a good day) left over for writing. So, what have I done with that (not learned to type, I'll tell you that much). I have been planning! I have been making notes on a couple of ideas for more MG novels. One is a revamp of a project that stalled, and I figured out how to salvage it. The other is a new idea that needs more research. There are a lot of holes, I'm just getting down notes and trying to plan things in my head. I think about the projects a lot. But I haven't done anything yet and I probably won't for awhile. Not until I'm moved and settled.
There are times when outside stress is just too much and you can't write. But during those times, find a creative outlet you CAN deal with, just to keep your brain doing something other than freaking out. And I suppose if all else fails, take a nap.
P.S. I have a short story in the Luna Station Quarterly Best Of anthology!