I've discovered something about myself that I always suspected - the more stress I'm under, the less creatively productive I am.
I noticed this during the "crunch time" runs when I lived in Silicon Valley.. I wasn't writing them, but I was recording and composing music and my desire to play went down, down, down as the stress at work went up, up, up. A couple of weeks after crunch time, I was fine again.
So, right now (and for the past six bloody weeks), work has been super high stress. A bunch of products they've been shipping for ages started to fail, THEN we discovered more bugs (this product has never been formaly tested), THEN they had a new product that needed to ship ASAP and they shipped it without thorough testing (which they're just now doing, and finding bugs, d'oh) - so right now I have 3 #1 priority projects, and have for more than a month!
Needless to say, I have zero time to write at work (barely time to eat lunch, if I get some) - and by the time I get home, all I feel like is doing brainless things and falling asleep. I sleep most weekends to recover from the nightmare the week before was.
So, right now - almost no writing.
Things are getting better, so I'm hoping I can reign in some of the madness and get back to writing!
Indeed, stress kills.