As a writer, I have to write down everything going on in my life. If I'm upset or stressed, writing helps me to relax. I've come to more than one resolution by getting it all down in black and white. And it lets me forever immortalize a memory I never want to forget. This habit developed in my early teens.
Dozens of legal pads and composition books are filled with random thoughts and blurbs. You never know when some real life event may become fictionalized into something I'm working on, hence the origin of my short story, Grandmother's Tree.
I know I still have to get busy on finding a publisher for the first one, but with the second one burning a hole inside me, I've got to get it written down. If you don't hear from me again, it's because the writing has taken over. However, I'm going to try and find a balance and keep posting.