Seven hour jet lag, starting last Monday, and a fall back to standard time has messed with my internal clock and I rose with the birds this Sunday morning. Okay, before the birds. I’ve been like this for a week now and had a revelation about waking up early.
Nearly two hours later I got this shot: Sunrise on the snowcapped peaks of Breckenridge.
Do you wake up early? There are some very real benefits. I’m done with dinking around on social media and blog promotion by 8:00 instead of 10:00. By noon, I’ve tackled a writing project or two and by 2:00 or 3:00, I feel like I’ve accomplished a ton! Because I have.
The really strange part is feeling more awake than usual. I feel sharper and more energized. Whoa!
Getting a jump start on the day allows for guilt-free time off. And with it being Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month, I’m off to a good start. Usually I write in one sitting, but yesterday, I added another thousand words before 3:00.
There is a drawback. I start yawning at 8:00 PM. If I do stay up late like I did on Friday night to watch one of my favorite movies, Love Actually, I sleep like the dead. That is not a drawback. I haven’t been waking up all night which disrupts REM sleep. So far, so good!
It’s been a week. Two more make a habit, so I’m hoping to keep my early morning rising going. Chew on that all of you gerund haters out there. LOL!
So what do I hope to achieve by keeping this up?
I figure, I’ll finish the first draft of my new book by November 20th in time for my husband’s birthday.
A writer’s side note: I’m a pantser and have an inciting incident in mind, a vague notion of a climax and ending but what I write today will be something that will come to mind as I write since it’s stream-of-conscious writing. It’s like reading a book or watching a movie. I have no idea what will happen next. Yesterday, a character appeared in the story and his behavior was very disturbing. My protagonist already had one person to watch out for, and I’m only 5000 words in!
Are you participating in Nanowrimo? Hit me up as a buddy! I’m listed as Susie Lindau…
See? I have way too much energy and am interrupting myself!
Anyway, as you noticed in the photo above, there’s snow on them thar hills! Yep, ski season is upon us. I’m in the last stages of rehabbing a stupidly stiff knee and hope to shake off the last of it by next Saturday when I hit the slopes at Breckenridge. Being an early riser lengthens my day so I have no excuse for avoiding exercise to build muscle.
The CGI is a lacking a bit, don’t you think?
Christmas is around the corner. With this extra time, the house should be decorated by Thanksgiving, cookies should be in the freezer, and the shopping and wrapping will be all done.
Sorry if that gives you a headache. It’s giving me a headache! I’ll add a photo so your eyes can rest…
This photo says it all. I do go overboard for Christmas and decorate inside and out. If I keep stretching out my days, I should write another book in December!
It will be a Christmas miracle if I keep up this pace and don’t crash and burn. I might sleep through the holidays and wake up next spring…
Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? Are you an early riser? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Do you drink too much coffee in the morning? Do you have more energy if you wake up early? Can someone please pour my coffee into the sink?
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