Apparently, I’ve changed my schedule.
And I wasn’t even trying.
I’ve magically gone from ‘Vampire Hours’ to ‘Actual Human’ Hours.
And here’s why…
It’s probably because October was such a crazy month for me. In addition to the 30 Day Photo Challenge, I was bombarded with doctor appointments, hospital visits, blood tests, and even more doctor appointments. And most of those doctor appointments, hospital visits, and blood tests were scheduled way before noon, forcing me to get up, and out of bed, and showered, and dressed, and out of the house.
Lately though, I’ve waking up between 6:00am – 7:00am.
Without the use of an alarm clock.
I can’t believe it either.
But this seems to be working out for me.
I always function much better when there is real structure and a concrete routine. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I can’t seem to operate when flying by the seat of my pants anymore.
My new schedule goes a little something like this:
Morning ritual: drink coffee, smoke a cigarette, brush my teeth, wash my face, log into Facebook, update my status, and check my emails.
And the next thing I know its 9:00am.
[Does anyone know why the early morning hours go by so quickly? That’s a real question. And I’d like an answer. Please. ]
I like to spend the rest of my mornings writing a blog post for the next day in keeping with NaBloPoMo, before taking my lunch break.
Then, I spend my afternoons reading / commenting on other blogs, before taking my dinner break.
This way, I can still spend my evenings working on my novel, in silence, without any distractions, in keeping with NaNoWriMo.
And right before I go to bed, I try reading at least one chapter from whatever book is on my nightstand.
With all of this writing and blogging, I’ve spent countless hours at my desk, hovering over my computer, and now I think I’m developing a serious hunchback. And probably carpal tunnel syndrome. Oh well. Maybe my hunchback will go nicely with my facial hair.
I really haven’t been watching that much television. Which is super shocking, especially since I am usually glued to the TV. And I certainly haven’t been socializing in real life. It’s just that I really wanted to dedicate the whole month of November, to the written word, and as much as possible. And I am very happy about my decision to stick with all of my writing commitments. Even though I am deliriously exhausted.
However, I am finding it difficult to jump back and forth between my blogging voice and my novel voice, as they are completely different. My book is on the darker side and I think that’s why my blog posts have been falling flat, or even down right boring. It’s tough to come up with ideas for humorous posts when I’m so focused on the seriousness of the characters in my book.
Maybe when November is over, and I go back to posting once a week, as opposed to EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past TWO MONTHS – IN A ROW – it will become easier for me to transition?
In any case…
I would REALLY like to thank all of you for sticking by me and cheering me on through all of this. You have no idea how much it means to me. And you have no idea how much it gives me the strength I need to keep this up!
PS: I will be in the hospital today having a procedure and I probably won’t be able to read any of your blogs. But I will catch up with y’all tomorrow.
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