That's the thing with writing --- you can have a new and different problem or distracting time-suck every day! Yee-ha. Yesterday I felt I couldn't work because I had the wrong books out and the wrong stuff printed (the grass is always greener on the other side of the dissertation); today I couldn't get the momentum to get moving. It was cloudy and cold (ok, chilly --- I have no weather cred, living in CA) and I was still tired at 7 so I got back under the covers for just an instant and the cats climbed on me and started purring and it was all over right there.
When I finally did get up I tried working at home but quickly realized that most of the stuff I really needed (See? Greener again!) was at school, so I went in. I worked up a rough start of a paragraph, about 200 words, before my tenuous sense of willpower snapped and I started procrastinating in various ways. (Look, my desktop icons are now alphabetized!)
After a while I went back and started a quote dump --- culling through my booknotes and previous notes/outlines and copy-and-pasting anything that seemed vaguely relevant. In the course of this I discovered that a lot of material that I thought I had paraphrased or copied out was not there ... if what I am remembering is actually from those books. Which means that I get to do this "greener" process all over again tomorrow, including the ever-fun "search the library for books you know it has but have mysteriously disappeared" game. It would be nice if I could get 600 words (about 2 pages) tomorrow, but I will be happy with one page.
Did I say the grass was always greener on the other side of the dissertation? I meant moss. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to roll that fucker over.