4 am editing

I don’t always sleep well.  I wake up at all hours of the night.  The worst time to wake up is 4 am.  It doesn’t leave a lot of time to fall back asleep and get up on time for work.

Sometimes, I attempt to edit blog posts that I have started and haven’t published.  I can’t sleep, so I may as well be productive, right?

The problem with early morning editing is that I am not usually awake enough to be coherent.  I usually have to edit again once I’m fully awake.  I have had a few slip through and I have friends kind enough to point the errors out, or they ignore the errors.  If they are pointed out, I do attempt to fix the errors.  That’s what friends are for, right?

 

Did you write that yourself?

Someone I know found this blog and messaged me. “Did you write that yourself? It was actually good.” Pffft.  I have said before, I write the way I talk.  If anyone has ever listened to me, they’d know it was me writing.

I do link articles, but I am clear about those not being my work.  The comments on the articles are me, for sure.

So, yes, I did write that myself.

Why Daily Writing is Important

(daily writing)

I write daily. I don’t finish writing daily, so I don’t always post daily. The article linked above is talking about journaling more than what I do.  I write as a way to process what is going through my head.  Sometimes it’s worth sharing, sometimes it’s not.  Sometimes I share what’s not worth sharing.  But, I am still processing what I am up to.

I saw Tayari Jones speak at Bay Area Book Festival, day 2.   Part of her advice to writers is to not write daily, because if you aren’t out there living your adventures, you will become a boring writer.  I thought this was wonderful advice.

I make more time for living than for writing.  Some days, I write and share a lot.  Some days I write a little.  Some days, I don’t write at all, just edit.  I post older thoughts on those days.  It’s all therapeutic for me.  I don’t stress out if I miss a day, though.  I’ll get the thought out eventually.

Prepping for vacation

I have an upcoming vacation. I am doing the last minute things, even though it’s not really last minute yet.

I went to purchase what I need for the trip. I haven’t quite finished, but I got the majority done.

I tried to get a mani pedi done, but I ended up getting called in to go to work, so only the pedi got done.

I got to work and finished up on record time. Then I went to buy sunglasses for the trip. I am almost ready! I am planning on getting the manicure soon.

I also found a lot of memes and book related photos to write about when I’m away. I am sure I’ll have time to write, so I’ll publish when I’m back. At least I don’t have to think about what I’m going to write about. I’ll figure out other topics, too, while I’m away. Always thinking…

One more book…

You’re able to bring one author back to life to write one more book. Who do you choose?

I never read any of the Sue Grafton books.  She wrote the alphabet series from A-Y, but passed before she could write her Z book.  I would love for her to come back and finish the series.  Her family wishes that Ms. Grafton’s final requests be respected, so there won’t be a ghost writer and there won’t be any movies made of the books.  I understand that.  It just would have been nice if she could have finished the whole series.

Blog editor?

I saw an advertisement for a person looking for blogs to edit.  “Email for rates.”  Is this a real job?  I guess some people blog for a living.  I just do it for tension release and sanity.  My regular readers know this.  I think I would drive an editor crazy with my grammar mistakes.  Plus most of my posts are short and sweet.  I kind of stick to a topic, but not really.

Maybe blog editors are checking their own sanity?  I can’t imagine making enough money at it to do it full time.  Most bloggers don’t make enough money at it to do it full time, either.

Two authors you’d like to spend a day with

You can spend a day with two Authors who would they be?

I thought hard about this, but I decided that I just couldn’t make an informed decision.

I work with an author. He isn’t writing when he works, and we aren’t working in a setting where writing is the main topic, so I know that it is not 100% of his life. I assume all authors are like this. I also know his writing style isn’t reflected in his daily life – at least the part I see.

Just because I enjoy a writer’s book, doesn’t mean our personalities will fit well enough for me to want to spend a whole day with the writer. That goes for anyone, not just authors.