Did y’all get an extra hour of sleep when we turned our clocks back Saturday night? Really? I guess my body didn’t get the memo, ‘cause I woke up same as always, only it was an hour earlier. Go figure. I tried staying in bed with my eyes shut, hoping I could sleep that extra hour, but no luck. I’m pretty sure I wrote an entire novel in my mind while I lay there. Couldn’t remember a word of it when I finally rolled out of bed, though. Gone. Pffft! What was probably my only chance for a NYT best-seller disappeared faster than dandelion fluff in a windstorm. Yep. Gone with the wind.
So what did I gain by having that extra hour in my day? Frustration, that’s what. I’ve wasted more than an hour trying to recall my brilliant mental manuscript. Not gonna happen, folks. But there was a lesson learned. There are simply some things I can’t control. Wasting time on them gets me nowhere. I could’ve used that extra hour in a more positive way – by working on promo for my upcoming cozy mystery release, Bringing in the Thieves, or working on Book #2 of The Joyful Noise Mysteries series. And there is always plenty of chores around the house to do – cooking, cleaning, laundry.
Any one of those choices would’ve been a lot more productive than trying to recall a dream that obviously wasn’t important enough to stick around. So now I’m writing this blog and when it’s finished, I’ll work on Book #2 instead of wasting time chasing pipe dreams. Like most of the stuff I’ve misplaced, that dream will show up eventually.
I’m realistic enough to know that part of my problem is procrastination, but I refuse to let a single, sixty-minute block of elusive time take over my entire day. I have other things to worry about . . . like who picks which hour we gain or lose, and where does it go, anyway? And what about the parts of the country smart enough to leave their time alone? Just kidding! Instead of worrying about matters I can’t control, I’ve actually started exercising. Yep, I’m doing those Lumosity brain exercises to help my ageing brain cells. I figure that’s time well spent.
So, what did you do with your extra hour? I’m already worrying about the one I’ll lose next spring. Will I ever find it? Is all this stress really necessary?
Until next time (whatever it is), make the most of today because tomorrow it will be yesterday.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!