It would take too long to list the many varying distractions that have kept me from my compositional work. The years I lived in Hong Kong (particularly the year my daughter was attending school) lent itself to a high level of productivity. Since moving back to Australia things have temporarily become far more complicated.
In order to keep composition from disappearing from my life completely, I've found it necessary to fit it into the cracks of everything else. I rarely have the luxury of large blocks of time for focused work. Instead, I've been able to snatch a little time here and there between my lessons teaching violin and piano. It has been a little surprising to me how much can be achieved through regular baby steps, and while progress is slow, it's hearting to know that things are still moving in the right direction.