Fossicking through my many, many, many boxes of books I found this quote marked:
I once asked a young dissertation writer whether her suddenly grayed hair was due to ill health or personal tragedy; she answered: “It was the footnotes”.
—Joanna Russ, How to Suppress Women’s Writing
Those words bring back my years of PhD thesis research, writing, turning it into a book, and the postdoctoral fellowship that followed it. Not to mention the mighty labours on Daughters of Earth. Footnotes, bloody, buggery footnotes! A pleasure to read and chase amongst; a total pain in the arse to get right. And don’t get me started on bibliographies and indexing. Aaarggh!
So very, very glad I never have to do any of that stuff ever again!
And, yes, I did go prematurely grey.