It isn't that I want to run away from them; it is that at this point in my life, with the things that have happened to me recently, I don't feel passionate or maybe even capable of tackling them/doing them justice. In fact, I started and erased a post recently in which I asked people what they did once they lost the original passion or not longer felt the same way about their themes.
So, I started playing with the idea of freewriting another, largely unplanned story, one that I would just let evolve in its own fashion. However, the other day, one of those small voices tried to convince me that writing the other story, the planned out, hard story, might be the better thing to do. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe because in writing it, I can crystalize some things for myself. Perhaps in writing it, I can lay some ghosts. Perhaps those painful personal experiences are just what I needed to make some difficult things come to life for a character, and I should, to use a cliché, bite the bullet and do it.
I seem to like hard stories, but they are...well, hard.