From the Foreword to a story in "Expanded Universe":
Once you get the monkey on your back there is no cure short of the grave. I can leave the typewriter alone for weeks, even months, by going to sea. I can hold off for any necessary time if I am strenuously engaged in some other full - time, worthwhile occupation such as a construction job, a political campaign, or (damn it!) recovering from illness.
But if I simply loaf for more than two or three days, that monkey starts niggling at me. Then nothing short of a few thousand words will soothe my nerves. And as I get older the attacks get worse; it is beginning to take 300,000 words and up to produce that feeling of warm satiation. At that I don't have it in its most virulent form; two of my colleagues are reliably reported not to have missed their daily fix in more than forty years.
Prelude to the Apocalypse: Dark Days in Alabama | The Shadetree Mechanic The Waif: Treasure Hunt (Lisa Bonner) | The Waif: Growing the Tribe An Accidental Family | Just Another Voicemail: Things Fall Apart The Coming Storms | Care & Feeding of a PAW Fiction Writer's Muse In the Dark | The Recycled Homestead: prelude to the apocalypse? Jack's War Book 1 | Jack's War Book 2 | Jack's War on Winter All books: www.amazon.com/stores/author/B01LVX00LP/allbooks