C. S. Lewis said that “If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” My goal is to draft an entire book before the start of the fall semester. I was making great progress until I adopted Morwenna from the shelter. She takes naps on my notes and drafts, walks across the keyboard, wants to play when I need to think, and chews through computer cords (replacement cost: $85). But I'm chosing to consider these as favorable working conditions.