Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave
in to endless requests to have "essential" and "long overdue"
meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing
has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to
have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not
seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write
the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms
without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted
to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.