You’d think I was writing a fucking academic dissertation considering how slow things are going here. To write a measly 200 words, I printed out ten pages of two different articles from Journal of Thank God You Have Full Text of Old Articles. I took four pages of notes about articles, databases, archives, and other directions I could go in, as well as two transcribed pages of quotes from correspondence I have on hand.
Five hours, 200 words. That’s a minute and a half of research per word. The words weren’t even terribly technical, I’m just describing something my father used to do. On the bright side, I figured out as much as I could without raising the dead. I’m confident that there is not a thing more I can learn on this subject.
Well, there are a few more things I could learn, but I’ve written those things down, and will work on them later. You know, when I have five more hours to spare.
Do you research?