The other day I was wondering aloud how people like Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, and other perpetually producing creative types do it.
Do they not sleep? Are they just so ridden with brilliant ideas that they are able to churn out material like machines? (Maybe they are machines themselves, and not actual humans.) Are they secretly enslaving legions of child prodigies who actually do the work that they then take credit for?
Then I found a possible answer on Neil Gaiman's blog (which, by the way, is a very cool one):
"Sunday, December 06, 2009
What I plan to do this week
Posted by Neil at 5:19 PM
Walk the dog.....
Not go onto the internet except occasionally to email people things they are waiting for.
Ah ha! He does sleep, but apparently must plan it ahead of time. He does appear to actually do the work. He avoids the internet. He exercises.
However, there is no mention of eating. Or bathing. Or cleaning the house. Or holding conversations with children or adults who are related to him. Hum.
Definitely a machine.