In The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Algernon describes the phenomenon of Bunburying, in which he uses the excuse of visiting his sick friend Bunbury to avoid social functions. I have a similar phenomenon, though I do not use it to avoid (okay a little) so much as to inspire. My escape is Campbelling, in which I immerse myself in one of the remarkable books of Joseph Campbell, Master of the endless domains of Comparative Mythology. I dive into one of his books and seldom fail to come out the other end with something creative brewing.
You can see the after effects of The Hero’s Journey in both The Marriage of True Minds and The Marriage Gift. My current endeavor is Campbell’s Oriental Mythology (the comparison of Biblical patriarchs and Sumerian Kings is fascinating). But my favorite is Creative Mythology, where he explores Medieval Romance (one of my permanent obsessions).
I also go Shelleying , but that’s another story.