I posted this morning about my distraction. Then I went and wrote out a proposal, and it was awful. It *really* stunk.
And then I threw it away and started over. Only got a few paragraphs start, but now it's a good start and I can do something with it. And if I hadn't written my previous pile of dreck I wouldn't have been able to.
So yay for successful failure, and on with the project!