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20 August 2013

So, I’ve gone back to a whacked-out sleep schedule.

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work on Eddington Press, as well as putting together my next series of novels. It’s a good thing I’m working on those things rather than a regular day job, because my sleep schedule has been all messed up. Example: night before last, I went to bed at 2 a.m. and was up sometime around 7 a.m. Last night, I couldn’t fall asleep until I finally decided to take the Z-Quil option at 5:20 a.m. … and I literally just woke up ten minutes ago.

Regardless of when I’m falling asleep or waking up, my first hour of each day generally feels the same.


Z-Quil might actually be responsible for the events chronicled in the documentary “The Walking Dead.”

Working on such a wonky sleep schedule obviously has its disadvantages, but it also has at least one unexpected plus. That first hour in the morning — the one where I stare mutely at a cup of coffee, trying not to drool all over myself — actually gives me time to set my brain right. Tasks and ideas slowly organize, putting themselves in the right order so that when I actually do feel like a living human, I’m able to get things done more efficiently.

It’s contrary to the way I’ve always worked, where I just get out of bed and start going. But I kind of dig it. Taking an hour where I’m forced to let my brain run on autopilot has produced some interesting results.

I know I talk about process all the time on the blog, but I very rarely talk about prep. How do you prepare to do creative things, folks? Do you just get up and start swinging every day, or do you take some time to organize first?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 21 August 2013 0729

    It’s a rare day when the alarm wakes me up. I often go to sleep thinking about what I should write about in the morning. Then when I get up, in a half-groggy state, I lie in bed a bit thinking about where I’m going when I write. Then…I get up and write, often without coffee or anything. Just go do it, and when I hit a stopping point, get a cup of coffee and maybe stick with it, or get ready for the day.

    • 21 August 2013 1251

      Oh, if I stay in bed trying to think, chances are good I’m just going back to sleep.

      I think I use the coffee like older cars use jumper cables.

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