Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I Write, Therefore I Am



Yesterday my partner told my father in a text message that I sleep in like a teenager. Sleeping until 7:30 or even 8 am doesn’t seem that bad to me, especially compared to my late teenaged habits.

At first intending to defend myself, I decided not to waste the time. After all, I had better things to do. 

That’s when it hit me. I don’t act like a teenager. I’m acting like a writer.

Occasionally I Write Here
I spend nearly every waking moment possible at the keyboard either polishing a tale or storytelling anew. How many folks forget to eat on a semi regular basis until nauseating hunger strikes?

(Okay, I skipped many meals as a self absorbed teen, as well. But some of that was to save lunch money for buying books.)

This is Where I'm Typing This Blog Post
Anyway, I would say that easily a third of my overall sustenance is devoured out of a sandwich bag so dining doesn’t impinge upon writing time more than necessary. Just yesterday I gulped a piece of fruit out of a bag while standing in the kitchen so as not to waste precious seconds cutting my peach into a bowl. The same can be said for those microwaveable burritos that hooked me for a while.

(Who needs a fork?)

Wanted to Write Here (Lacked the Time and it was HOT)
As for those in my family who do rise at 5am (for no good reason, I might add), it’s guaranteed not a single soul stayed up the night before until two o’clock trying to get one more paragraph perfected before succumbing to exhaustion. My partner will admit to seldom spending more than five minutes reading an online article.

Of course videos are a different story. In fact I’m hearing a string of them play in the next room while I type. Meanwhile, I’ve often polished a ten thousand plus word short story in one sleepless stretch.

The View from My Dining Table/ Frequent Desk

Yeah. Don’t wake me before six am unless you’re taking me fishing. Sad to say that hasn’t happened in years. ~sigh~ Oh, well. Maybe one of these days…

What pleasant obsession is occupying your August?

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18 comments:

  1. Your kitties are so cute- I am sure they help you write. I thin you should sleep when you want and get up when you want, we are all on different internal clocks.

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    1. Thanks for the kind word. To be honest, I feel like my body lacks a clock. ~grin~ Be well, my dear!

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  2. 8 AM is late? Yikes. If I don't have to be at work, I'm not out of bed before 10. And 10 is early for me. I'm safely way past teen age.

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  3. I used to sleep in...but can no longer now. I'm up and about on my computer before 6 most days.

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    1. I hope you get adequate sleep. I'm blessed that way. Be well!

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    2. darla, I go to bed at 9am and get up at 3pm. That should make you look simply awesome. So good to hear you getting so many words on the page and enjoying it.

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    3. Thank you, Tess! You're very kind. I hope you get adequate rest trying to sleep during daylight. Be well!

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  4. It's a rarity for me to sleep through the night so when I do, like last night, I sleep til I'm done. However, it's back to full time work on Monday so 6am start will be the norm - YIKES. After a four year full-time working break, it's gonna be tough :)

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    1. I feel for you! I'm not sure what I would do if I had to go back to a job outside the home.

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  5. I didn't realize you write so much. Do you sell a lot of stories and books?

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    1. Actually, I sold one short story and gave a novella to an LGBTQ charity, then I stopped writing for a while after a 'mentor' crushed my spirit with offhand comments and general disinterest. ~sigh~ I'm so thrilled the muse is back that I don't even care about sharing with the world at this point. Thanks for asking, my dear.

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  6. Write. Just write. You have beautiful muses, too! xo

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    1. Aw, thanks! Your kind words warm my heart.

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  7. Research, plans, finishing projects...not to mention trying to grab that week which keeps running away from me, only to find it going "Meep, Meep!" like the roadrunner ahead of me, right before I fall off the cliff in true Wil E. Coyote fashion. (rueful grin)

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I enjoyed finding your Cauldron of Eternal Inspiration blog once again. Hope you get lots accomplished in the near future!

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  8. I love the view from your dining room table. I sure do miss having kitty cats.

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    1. Well, I think you have an amazing view I must envy. Thanks for visiting! I really like your blog about sailing. Be well!

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