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And No Snow, Either

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Both my child and my husband decided they were exhausted last night… before 10 PM.

Let me back up. You can train yourself to write with inspiration at any hour, I know. All you have to do is sit down at the same time every day, and eventually, that’s the time ideas will start to flow.

Me, I’ve got a toddler and three part time jobs. I don’t get the same time to write two days running.

When I think of all the time I wasted in my childless, single days, I die inside. “Oh me, oh la, someday I shall be a real writer instead of a marketing hack/journalist/columnist, but today I am going to read the entire archive of Something Positive.” Or “I just know I could be a novelist, but these three straight hours of Law and Order: SVU will not watch themselves.” I suppose I could defend myself by saying that while I watched television, I always had a cross stitch project. I made four baby blankets and an elaborate Christmas tree skirt. Yes. That’s how much time I wasted in front of basic cable Law and Order reruns.

I have not watched any television at all since early 2008, when my kid arrived on this planet. I couldn’t tell you what he does that takes up all that TV time, but he does it. Whatever it is. The only cross stitching I’ve finished since his baby blanket was a tiny little Christmas ornament with a snowman.

But back in my 20s, during my occasional spasms of Being A Fiction Writer, the ideas always flowed best from 10 PM to 1 AM. That just seemed to be my most creative time. I never meant to write at the time of day, exactly, but the time stamps on my saved files tell the tale.

Having what I remembered as my most creative time line up with my available time was like fairy dust falling from the sky. And the snow that was supposed to fall from the sky here in Maryland never fell at all.

Last night was a good night.

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