The Journal, Friday, 2/3

Hey Folks,

I almost made this a topic, but it’s mostly rambling so I didn’t.

Dean often says “Check in with yourself.” And I often do.

I’ve checked back over a lot of my Journal entries (that’s what it’s for on this end), and I’m seeing what I suspected. I tend to do my fastest and cleanest writing in that limited few hours from around noonish to 4. (But not today.)

This doesn’t mean I’m going to eschew writing from whenever I get up until noon. But it does mean one more stab at an adjustment (or perhaps a refocusing) on my work ethic and my physiology. (Starting later. I’ve already screwed up the morning today.)

Here’s the rationale: My body is already in the habit of waking from 2 – 3 a.m. Now I need to get my mind in the habit of writing from then until 5:30 or 6. Absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be able to knock out 2000 or more words early in the day.

But let me back up a bit for some of the newer subscribers. Why the odd hours?

Because I’m a stubborn sort.

I love the quiet of the world from 2 a.m. or so to 6 a.m. Also, I really don’t care for much of what passes for entertainment after around 8 p.m. Less-skilled actors delivering flat, lifeless lines and automatic laugh tracks killed that awhile back.

So why not sleep away B(rain)D(ead)TV and rise in the tranquility of the early morning?

Also I’ve never been good at bending to rules when the primary justification for those rules is “because everyone else does.” Ptah!

So I don’t “require at least 8 hours of sleep every night.” What a terrible waste would be spending a full 1/3 of my life in what amounts to suspended unanimation. (Of course, feel free to spend yours however you want.)

In fact, I hate that my stupid body seems to require even six hours of sleep. Even at that rate, if I lived to be 80, I would have spent 1/4 of my life in Catatonia Land. No, gracias. Or maybe I should say No, por favor because it seems to be happening that way.

But I digress.

Once I kick or adjust-to whatever currently has me all but locked in its evil clutches, I will focus on WRITING FICTION during those first few precious hours of the day.

But seriously… we’re all in the same footrace with Mortality, folks. And we all know up front that Mortality is going to win. What matters, at least in my corner of the world, is What Have I Accomplished?

And for me at least, that’s the best incentive of all.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 3:30 again, but another sluggish start. Generally did nothing of importance until around 6. Then I came here and wrote the stuff above this.

To the novel off and on. I “kept coming back,” but I didn’t do a lot while I was there.

A sluggish day in general. Ugh. But it’ll get better.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Smashwords to Supply Nearly 300,000 Titles to Bibliotheca cloudLibrary (

Only a very short explanatory post over at Dean’s place.

Fiction Words: 2578
Nonfiction Words: 490 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3068

Writing of Will Perkins (novel, working title)

Day 1…… 4219 words. Total words to date…… 4219
Day 2…… 4003 words. Total words to date…… 8222
Day 3…… 3383 words. Total words to date…… 11605
Day 4…… 3124 words. Total words to date…… 14729
Day 5…… 3373 words. Total words to date…… 18102
Day 6…… 2294 words. Total words to date…… 20396
Day 7…… 3102 words. Total words to date…… 23498
Day 8…… 2578 words. Total words to date…… 26076

Total fiction words for the month……… 7974
Total fiction words for the year………… 100584
Total nonfiction words for the month… 1040
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 20730

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 121314