I'll get back to writing my own, longer blog posts eventually I'm sure, but in the meantime, take a look at Sally Zigmond's excellent blog in which she has posted about the need for hard graft especially when writing for the womags.
I had a fabulous holiday, by the way, and am just getting back to my own hard graft. Currently working on another how to/anthology to sit alongside Ghost Stories and How to Write Them. More news in the autumn when I hope to have finished it!
Edited - link to Sally's blog above now doesn't work. She removed her post for reasons given here. Shame. There's privacy, and then there's genuine interest from people working in the same field.