Monday, October 02, 2006

New Regime

Coffee in the New York skyline mug (I am going to work my way west this week), "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen covered by Jeff Buckley on iTunes, some words written since the last post but not enough. I am behind. There is no getting around it. I can manage the physical requirements of firings and prep work no matter how tired I am--though cutting glass takes on a whole new dimension when you are exhausted. Fortunately the adrenaline rush after the first cut usually wakes me up and keeps anything too serious from happening. But I can't write technical non-fiction when I am crushed by fatigue. Yup, crushed.

So today a new regime begins. It is a sad fact of life that there are only so many hours in a day. And it is a happy fact of life that some of those hours need to be shared with loved ones. It is just a fact that I can do some things better at some times of the day than I can at others. So starting today I am optimizing for time and task, and I am further restricting everything that doesn't move me closer to having the book and all my firings done on schedule. What does that mean? Well, no Stranded in the South until November 1 unless I get WAY far ahead again. 15 minutes per morning to blog here (four to go). Here is the schedule I am going for this week:

6:00 am write
7:30 post
7:45 get J and ready for school
8:15 shower and dress
8:30 write (while eating a toasted dry bagel)
potty breaks as needed
12:30 lunch break
1:00 studio
6:00 dinner and family time
7:30 studio
9:00 hang with spouse
10:30 sleep

Dave has appropriated two of my activities for the time being--picking J up from school and bathing her and putting her to bed. I will not (I hope) have to work every night in the studio so I should be able to reclaim some nights.

Okay, time's up. On to the next thing.


Bill Paley said...

You may have to give up eating...

Sue said...

The box is lovely!

Brenda Griffith said...

Thank you!