Monday, February 20, 2006

The Curious Incident of the Writing in the Night-time

My sleep schedule is all screwed up. Comes from my nocturnal habits seeping in.

I think my prime writing hours happen in two places during the day: 5-7PM (which is good, because that's typically a quiet post-work time for me) and midnight-2AM. The latter writing time is the one wrecking havoc with my sleep.

Last night I was pretty content, writing until 1 AM and then tucking myself into bed (how does one tuck themselves into bed? Not easy, but can be done) Then around 5AM the bane of my existence, the thing that ruins all peace, my CRACKBERRY starts buzzing uncontrollably. When I get alert pages from work (remember, I work in IT, so I get crazy pages at crazy hours for wacky system outages. Kooky.), I get them in series of 2 or 3 pages on my phone. Each page buzzes twice. The vibration of the Blackberry in its holster is very loud with plastic hitting plastic. If I flip it on its back, it's less annoying. I usually keep it on the carpeted floor, so I can't be completely disturbed by the random buzzing at wee hours.

Last night I left the dang thing on my dresser, so the buzz of the pager was amplified by the smooth wood surface. BUZZZZZZZZZ it goes at 5AM. Turn it off, you say? Can't. One of those pages might be important. Can't risk missing the one page I really really need to see for all of the random ones about network outages in Seattle. Needless to say the series of pages woke me up, and I wasn't able to get back to sleep. So I'm blogging.

Speaking of which, I know my blog has slowed down. I'm 3/4 done with my Cold Case spec and hope to finish my first draft this week. I'm hoping to be back with more of my useless thoughts for the world to read once my procedural purge is complete.

And now, I'll probably just watch financial market news on CNBC. Might get me back to sleep.


The Moviequill said...

good luck on the Cold Case, sweetie (can I call you that without a slap? ha)... Crackberry, I love it

alexandra said...

LOL! Love the 'crackberry' crack, can I use that one? And yep, good luck with the spec.

As for sleep? I'll do mine when I'm dead. Just turned out 118,000 words in 22 days, so naturally, it'll all be gibberish.

jason evans said...

I'm a night owl also.

Why can't the world just adjust to our schedule? Is that asking to much?

Don't say it. I already know the answer.