Why I got out of Academia
I'm pretty particular about my tools of the trade. I fall in love with certain types of pens or pencils (probably keyboards, too, for that matter), and can't function if they change.
More seriously, though, this is probably my biggest problem with writing, or any artistic endeavor. I have these wonderful ideas (or dreams), but when I actually sit down to write them or draw them, they never come out the way I wanted them to. Many people consider this the process of creation, but I've alwasy thought of it as plain old mush.