Is that AM or PM?

I’ve been pretty quiet over here lately, and I’d like to say I have a good excuse. Only I’m not sure I do. My lack of blogging is due to a combination of boring things that I could write about here, but I’d sound like I was whining and no one wants to read that.

But eight months into this full-time writing thing and I’ve found myself in an unexpected state. Though I should have seen it coming, I suppose. As a kid, I was always a night owl. Left to my own devices (meaning during the summers of my high school years) I would stay up all night, and then sleep all day.

Guess what I’m doing now? I don’t know how it happened, but I think it had something to do with not paying attention to the clock. Then I’d get on a roll with the words pouring onto the page and you can’t stop when that happens. The next thing I knew, I was doing the majority of my writing between 10pm and 4am, then sleeping as late as 2 in the afternoon.

I imagine this makes me sound like a total slacker, but I’m awake as long as I ever was, it’s just during different hours. I’m writing this blog between 12:30 and 12:45 in the morning. I was tired a little while ago, and considered going to bed. Then I got a second wind (happens a lot) and here I am, writing a blog.

At first, I scolded myself and was determined to fix this. To return to “normal” hours, but then I remembered one of the most important lessons I learned from Bull Durham. (One of the greatest movies ever.)

Respect the streak.

The fact is, I’m turning out words, and this book is coming to life. So, do I worry about what time I go to bed, or do I go with the flow and get this puppy done?

That’s right, I’m going with the flow.

So here’s my question for you. If you didn’t have a day job or anyone you had to report to, what kind of schedule would you keep? Are you a night owl or an early riser. And if you’re one of those perky up-at-the-crack-of-dawn-never-hit-a-snooze-button-in-your-life kind of people, don’t be offended when I throw virtual rotten tomatoes at you. 

6 thoughts on “Is that AM or PM?”

  1. Hellion says:

    EXACTLY. Respect the streak.

    Also, shit don’t go on from about 10 pm to 4 am on Facebook…or one’s email. Talk about quiet time. Nothing to google. Nowhere you “need” to go because everything’s closed. Obviously it’s the optimal time. And I wrote my best college papers during this window.

  2. Hellion says:

    And I only came to look because you mentioned you used a Tom Hiddleston gif. I won’t lie.

  3. Terri says:

    I knew Tom would be the draw! And yes, this is my quiet time. No emails. No need to check Facebook. It’s the perfect time to write.

  4. Lindsay says:

    I say if it works for you then continue to do it. Maybe once after you complete the book you can find a the rhythm of going back to the other sleeping schedule. Keep up the good work love you are doing an amazing job so far!!!

  5. Sharlene Wegner says:

    Terri, my husband has been on the 3PM to 11:30 shift since Feb. One of my jobs has cut my hours back, so at this point, I only have to be at work early twice a week. My daughter is off from school for the summer. So guess what? We all stay up till 2AM & get up 10AM (or 2PM in my daughter’s case.) This is the most family time we have had for awhile & the most sleep I have gotten. I really think my ideal would be midnight to 9. I think you are doing the right thing, by writing whenever it works for you.

  6. Terri says:

    Sharlene, it’s playing havoc with the rest of my life. I’m having to move appointments until later in the day. But the book is cruising along so I’d be nuts to mess with what’s working.

    And I’m sleeping a lot, too. Probably more than I ever did with a locked in day job schedule.

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