To be fair, Kate and I did just spend the last 2 months essentially living out of suitcases, moving twice, attending numerous family events, planning for a new job, and did I mention moving to China? That is quite a lot to pack into a few months.
But, I think this started before the big move. I've been steadily working on my Memory Variations piece which I am happy with and it is going well. But, I've been "working" on a piece for vibraphone and computer for Stephen Tobin for the better part of the a year. I had momentum before having to break off work to focus solely on the dissertation. I haven't done any of the computer part. I have several ideas for new pieces but until I finish something, I'm not allowing myself to work on anything new.
Moving has been completely devastating to creativity. I have no everyday structure in place. I have no desire to work on anything. But, again, this all started right around the time I finished my dissertation. That piece took a lot out of me. Maybe it is good that I have kind of taken a break for five months. With Memory Variations, I only work one day every three weeks. That is the nature of the process. I haven't steadily gotten into a routine. It is frustrating especially when Facebook is informing me about everyone else's new pieces, new festivals accepted, etc. (However, Facebook is only for "bragging." I'm sure people have their own problems and self doubt)
Anyway, I'm curious about what composers do in this kind of situation. If you have some advice, I'd love to hear it.