Two central pillars so far: I'm going to join a gym, and I've figured out how to take my writing seriously without relying on others -- such as y'all -- for feedback and encouragement. (*Editing* is still useful, and so are outside opinions. But getting useful input isn't the same as relying on it for the energy to start the creative processes.) I have a vague feeling that pillars should come in threes, and if I find a third one I'll be happy to make use of it. But I'm not waiting on it.
Two impeti for this: First is a few months of feeling like crap, and realizing that a major causal factor is not getting enough exercise. Hence, gym. Riding my bike up the hill to get out of the little hollow I'm living in is so much of a pain in the ass that I haven't been riding nearly as much as I should be, but that's the reality of it and the gym will give me someplace to go and exercise even when the weather piles on top of the hill and makes biking a real misery. I still *can* ride as much as I want to, but I want to make going to the gym an every-morning-habit.
Second is not getting the input I want from Brian and Elliott, and simply deciding not to wait on them. They're under no obligation to *give* me input, and I am similarly not laboring under any requirement to wait for it. So I won't. I'll continue to babble at them, because I do that, and I'll babble at anyone else who doesn't run away fast enough also, but despite my personal conviction that noise is a sign of wasted energy, if I have to waste some energy to get my creative processes running I'll worry about optimizing processes later.
I have three angles of attack for my current ficton: The Para and Schmoo stories, which I believe I've already babbled about here; the Iron Fireman, a set of stories inspired by Paul Guignan's 'Boilerplate', about a humanoid robot in 1915, and actually building an Iron Fireman suit to wear to GearCon this year.