I think I've isolated the issue, and recognize my true self. I took an old finished strip and printed it out real light. I wanted to trace over it with the quill to see if I could, and what it looked like. I like the effect, but I don't draw that small when I do a strip.
Out of frustration I scratched out a couple of quickie sketches and inked them with the Penstix. Below.
So what do I think the problem is...Well when I'm inking in I'm following very in exact lines. Effectively I'm drawing as I go and using the sketch as a guide. I sketch somewhat free handed to try to get the feel of the lay out and look I want. When I ink with the quill I can freely draw. Again I'm a pusher not puller and that inhibits my smoothness. Also, maybe, it is just a bit of size, and need for larger nib size.
But I was getting real depressed that I'd had some brain stroke and lost my ability to draw. Doing the Penstix drawings again reassured me I'm not a stroke victim.