Wow, lots of good posts. I am glad you guys figured this one out yourselves, because my OP was a little too self-centered to reply to. I am not good at explaining things (anal cattle prodding? Why did I think that was helpful?).
I was also wondering about art as a release. I dunno if anyone has used art, but I do remember someone mentioning how journalling doesn't work for them that well. I know people mentioned watching art, but what about the act of creation?
Maybe I'll start reading Nicholas Sparks novels