I sent off my submission for the writing contest for the SCBWI summer conference. I'm not trying to get my hopes up too high, as there could be a lot of competition. But I've got nothing to lose.
In the meantime, I'm trying to finish a first draft of my magic carpet story. This year I want to submit it for critique by an editor at the summer conference. I can't remember when the submission is due for that--thinking in May--but I want to have something done in time. I'm about 2/3 through.
It's just hard to stay focused and keep the creative juices flowing when life gets busy.