'... my morning commute is about 15 steps ...'
yeah I'm in this situ. I'm saving up for my roald dahl inspired coding shed for those morning and afternoon sessions to code in piece and quiet.
... Dahl's process was obviously very isolated, very banal. Perhaps this sparsity was the real inspiration, forcing him towards his imagination and his memory. Dahl himself emphasised the importance of his hours in his shed ...
There's a good article about his writing process. I can see the similiarity to coding.
When I informed my young ones of this they started howling about cubby houses are for kids, not adults.