I've been suffering from writer's block. I've started part 2 of Marc Breuster's story (which will be 3 or 4 parts long) but got stuck writing and re-writing the first chapter. Nothing I do feels right to me.
So, I started working on other stories, particularly all of the background I need for a new "series" I'm putting together that is my most ambitious to date; seriously, the background and data for the characters has taken me most of 6 months to piece together (the series will run through 4 years, though I'm stuck on my carrot for year 3...sigh...).
My daughter actually sparked the thought that became Beautiful. I don't want to give much of the story away, but she's just starting to study elementary school biology and...well, you'll have to read it to find out more.