If the purpose of this blog was to regularly write something of interest, to capture my day to day workflow, then I’m not hitting the mark by leaving it dormant for more than a month. It’s really a matter of insisting to myself that this is a priority, and certainly it takes precedence over amusing myself with games and aimless internet wandering.
I did not set a rigid schedule for these posts when I started this, though I imagined it would be fairly frequent. Now I’m considering changing that and putting an ironclad “once a day” posting. at the very least I will try to hold to an every other day routine, starting today.
It’s time to focus and set definitive timelines for finishing the third draft of Gwen ( along with adhering to a strict editing ethic of cutting all of the fat, instead of rewording it). Also, I absolutely have to make time to write something new. Right Noe the crime story is unappealing, but the fantasy story is intriguing. I’m especially drawn to the more lyrical voice i can use with the fantasy story.
So, every day I will endeavor to edit 10 pages. And when the pages are edited I’ll add the changes to the electronic copy. I’ll have to be careful that I don’t inadvertantly leave ghost artifacts when removing chunks of text.
It’s true that you lose a considerable amount of perspective when you’re pinned down in the foxhole of daily parenting. The days blur together and the nights are tension-filled vigils while you wait for the dreaded middle of the night cry.
Our two year old has been waking up with regularity between one and two A.M. which has interrupted my sleep schedule and deprived me of restful sleep. Compounding the sleep loss is his morning wake up time of five am (my wife bore the brunt of that).
Over the last week, we have changed strategies and fully adopted co-sleeping. Now, bedtime has slipped to a very fluid eightish o’clock, and there’s been some frustration around bedtime, but the middle of the night wake up has vanished, and most mornings are starting after six. For the first time in months my wife and I are sleeping for at least seven hours in a row on a regular basis. I hope it lasts, because it’s a fantastic feeling.
There are certainly personal space and privacy issues to contend with when you start co-sleeping. Losing the ability to retreat to your bedroom for romance or to just read quietly is frustrating, but I have to remember that I have the energy to complain because I’m well-rested.