As I was commenting on someone else's blog just now, a thought occurred to me. It's not just about having the time to write. I have scads of time. I'd have more if I budgeted it better. It's also about having the space in my brain to write new words.
I'd love to write new words right now. Like I said, I do have scads of time if I budget for it. What I don't have is brain space.
My brain is full of other stuff right now. It's full of editing and cover art and marketing, along with life stuff and other work stuff, and there isn't space right now to sit down and create a new book.
Oh, I have the ideas for new books. I have the basic plots for three more Dennis Haggarty novels and another SCIU floating in the back of my head (and written down in my ideas folder, so I don't forget them entirely). I also have that gritty urban fantasy thing about the Arthurian legends back there that needs to be written. But there's no space for them in my head.
I should be thinking about the subsequent Sleeping Ugly novels - which won't be called that, but I can't think of a series titles right now. I know they're in there. They'd better be or I'll be screwed.
But I can't. No room in the head.
And I'm not that good at mentally multi-tasking when it comes to writing. Years ago, I tried editing one book and writing a new book at the same time. It worked, but I was totally drained at the end of the experiment.
So, that's me. Your mileage may vary.