After that I got sidetracked, experimenting with genre fiction: two romances, a "Florida Fiction/mystery", and a fantasy. I learned a whole lot from the experience of writing each of those stories* and I am a much better writer today for having written them. It seems that, by pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I somehow ratcheted up my confidence in my writing in a way I can't describe, but I can feel when I'm drafting new content. Perhaps it was just the practice.
Now, I'm pulling back and refocusing my efforts. I can't do everything. I don't want to be a romance writer or a fantasy writer. I enjoyed writing those two romances, and I think the fantasy novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2009 contains some of the best writing I have ever done.
It was all a great learning experience, but I want to write contemporary fiction for and about women. That's where I want to focus my publishing efforts. I may occasionally write a genre novel for kicks, but I plan to make women's fiction my main focus.
I feel as though I'm back on track now.
*Some of these stories are available for free on my Smashwords.