An epiphany this morning:
Sometimes making art is a slog.
I think subconsciously, I wanted to get to the stage where I had to push myself to keep going and work through the block. I don't think I thought about it much when I set out to do this, but I recognized the symptoms this morning. I have been here before, and I know that I will get past it and it will be an accomplishment.
So bring on the slog!