I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda digging the alliteration in the title there.
Anyway, here’s what’s been going on since the last Friday Fess-Up.
I didn’t do a damned thing over the weekend.
Well, that’s not entirely true. You may have noticed that I’ve got a blog. Sunday morning is usually when I’ll get a post up. Sunday is also the day that I schedule the usual tweets for the week. This would include shout-outs for authors that I think are awesome and the occasional shill for my books.
I didn’t do much in the way of writing – and that’s ok.
Without the writer, there isn’t any writing at all, and I think that it’s an important part of the “Craft” side of the equation to be able to realize when you’ve reached your limits.
This is not to say that you’ve always got to be at your peak whenever you sit down to write, but if you’re barely there due to lack of sleep, etc. you get into the realm of diminishing returns pretty quickly.
That said, I did get up to write every day this week (So far. I’m typing this up on a Thursday night…after my usual bed time). Wednesday ran on for 12 hours. Thursday ran for 12 and a half.
Thursday and Friday mornings after days like that are hard. Hell, the entire day after days like that are hard, but the dark of the morning when the alarm is dragging me out of bed is pretty bleak.
I do it for two reasons:
- It’s my writing time and I’ve got to own that, because it’s scarce.
- I know that I’ve got to tough it out for two days – tops – and then it’ll be the weekend and I can get caught up.
Again, I don’t recommend it, but sometimes it happens. And when you know your limits, you’ll recognize the difference between mornings when you need that extra two hours of sleep, and mornings when you can get by with a little bit of drag by leaning a little harder into the work to make progress.
So what, you may ask, am I working on?
My current project is a space opera with the working title of: “Jade Moon Waning”
I think I’ve been trying to dig a little too deep into one of my alien species because I can get pretty easily distracted if I’ve got to go look something up, so I’m stopping with what I’ve got.
I’m finishing up the characters – especially the Big Bad Ugly – and, as I’m typing this up, I think that I might be ready to start. Possibly as soon as next week.
Here we go…
Still no elevator pitches. They’re all sounding too complicated and, well, bloated. I’m going to move that to the subconscious to stew for a bit.
As for now, it might be time for a bit of a read, then bed. I’m already behind on sleep by about 30 minutes and I’m still *Really* awake.
Until next time –
Time: 10:24 Pm (ish)
Music: None (I’m trying to be quiet)