I realized last year that I can't do everything at once. I can't write songs, go out and get gigs, promote the gigs, practice with the band for the gig, play the gig (the easiest--and most fun--part), record a record, promote a record-- all at once. Especially when I still have to have a day job. It's too much. So I have to focus on one of 3 things: write, record, or gig. I recorded a record last year (Misfit), did promotional work and gigging in the Spring and early summer. Now I'm shutting down the promotional work and gigging (with a few exceptions), and getting back into songwriting. It's been 2 years and I've been missing it. I thought my songwriting had gone to a new level around 2008-2009 when I shut it down to record and gig. So it was disappointing to stop. But I think I can get it back. I've got some new songs in the works, and gonna dig up notes (musical and lyrical) from 2-3 years ago and work on them. I'm excited to see what I come up with in the next few months!