Could I use this in the sanitation history book I'm working on? By "working", I mean sitting here. Dave Eggers nails it:
This kind of life is at odds with the
romantic notions I once had, and most people have, of the writing life.
We imagine more movement, somehow. We imagine it on horseback.
Camelback? We imagine convertibles, windswept cliffs, lighthouses. We
don’t imagine - or I didn’t imagine - quite so much sitting. I know it
makes me sound pretty naive, that I would expect to be writing while,
say, skiing. But still. The utterly sedentary nature of this task gets
to me every day.
spend seven or eight hours… each time I try to write. Most of that time
is spent stalling, which means that for every seven or eight hours I
spend pretending to write - sitting in the writing position, looking at a
screen - I get, on average, one hour of actual work done. It’s a
terrible, unconscionable ratio.