Problems and solutions. Or if not solutions, if there's no way to resolve the issue in the here and now, then at least constructive responses.
One problem I've had recently is that one of my friends has apparently decided that he hates one of my other friends. This is a fairly recent development. And it's only a problem for me, really, because I have to hear about it. The hater doesn't have any true complaints against the hatee. It's mainly a matter of insecurity, I think. So I'm just going to stand my ground on this one. There was a time when I couldn't stand the thought of anyone being angry at me, but I think I've gone beyond that.
Another problem, of late, is that I've been stymied on a story and it's consumed inordinate amounts of writing time. Well, staring at the screen time. It's proven such a dead end that I've found myself forgetting how to do things I know how to do.
For context I've sent off a couple of pieces this year that I feel I can take some pride in. Will they be published? Don't know. But I think I've made the stories concise and driven enough to avoid the form letter response or the rejection that tells me I haven't gone anywhere with the story or that there's too much padding.
Problem here was that I had too many disparate parts that I couldn't make work together. And that's largely because I took the already crumbling bones of another project I had been working on and tried to adapt it to an anthology request for submissions. The anthology requirements just added another level of vomplexity to what was already kind of convoluted.
So what to do? Pivot into the next thing. Provided that thing isn't having an embarrassing tattoo etched across my face.