Thursday, November 6, 2008

The wake up call

You know your style is seriously cramped when you can't even pull a proper all-nighter.

That might not make sense to those who don't write for a living, but there comes a time in every writer's life that looming deadlines and too many responsibilities result in an old-fashioned, red-eyed, going to bed when the rest of the world wakes up kind of writing marathon.

And for me, well, let's just say that procrastination is my middle name and I can't seem to get jack done without a deadline actually kicking me in the ass.

Before I had Buttercup? No problem. I did this often when I brought work home with me, writing an article from fresh notes taken at the city council meeting I had just covered.

Now? I'm lucky if I can write past 1 a.m. thanks to my lil' sweetie's internal alarm clock. No matter what time this girl goes to bed, she wakes by 2 a.m. to finish the night off cuddled in my arms.

Sure, it is a fantastic way to end my evening. No complaints there. But it does strike me as funny how this nightly phenomenon finally hit home with the "Hey-you don't call the shots anymore" message that should have been clear months and months ago.

I'd write more, but it is 1:41 a.m. and I have 10 minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face, and get my jammies on before my boss yells at me for trying to sneak in some overtime again.



Nicole Feliciano said...

I'm with you. A late-night is now midnight for me and I'm wrecked the next day. But as a writing momma it is the only way to meet deadlines.

I write for, Mom central and a doggie blog. And my own site. I've got a bunch of contests to share if you've got a minute to stop by my blog.

One for a $50 Paper Shouts certificate (perfect for the holidays)

One for an awesome art backpack from Little Jet Set:

Have a great weekend!

Pauline said...

OMG! Want to network? I will try to hook you up with new clients if you can help me. I'd LOVE to write for babble and cannot believe i didn't make the connection. How cool is that?

Nancy Tarr said...

All nighters are in your future, you just have to nap when the little one naps. I used to (and still do stay up quite late) and just push myself to that 3 hour nap that I know (or used to that they don't nap anymore) is coming....go all-nighters!!