Maggie Robinson

Oct 18
Good Morning

5:00-6ish A.M.: Hands are numb. Painful. Carpal tunnel alert. Get up. Brush down hair, which looks like I’ve been electrocuted by John in the night. Potty. Pills.

In the kitchen: Boil water for tea. Toast toast. Butter. Honey or jam. Carry this gourmet treat to writing room.

Writing room: Power up the Dell. Check two e-mail accounts. Respond when necessary. Read New York Times, Bangor Daily News and Lewiston Sun Journal online. Depressed now. Check MRMR and Vauxhall Vixens. Romance Writer’s Revenge. Romance Vagabonds. Several other romance/writing blogs. (Hey, Tessa! Originals! Links on sidebar.) Cheer up. Look at weather. Wonder what to wear for work. Read some political sites, which make me grateful I took my blood pressure meds. Pray. Open up Mistress by Mistake. Stare. Read back a few pages. Sometimes type something.

9ish: How the hell did it get so late? Bathe, dress, leave for work by ten.

And these are the first 4 or 5 hours of my day. It takes that long before I’m fit to join the madding crowd.

How do you get yourself started in the morning? When’s your writing time?
I’ll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time. ~Emily Dickinson

11 comments to “Good Morning”

  1. BernardL
     · October 18th, 2008 at 9:07 am · Link

    When what I’m writing excites me, I write anytime reality allows. Making sure I’m excited about what I’m writing is the tough part sometimes. 🙂

  2. J.K. Coi
     · October 18th, 2008 at 10:38 am · Link

    Maggie, I can’t believe you can get out of bed that early. Even on a day when I have to be at work for 8:30 I don’t get out of bed before 7:00 (and I have a 5 year-old). It’s just not possible for me. My husband has had to adjust to the fact that he doesn’t have a wife before 9:00 am because even when I do get up at 7:00 I don’t make breakfast, lunches, or do anything but shower and dress. Thankfully, he doesn’t mind getting the kiddo ready for school.

    I know, pathetic, right?

  3. Kelly Krysten
     · October 18th, 2008 at 11:59 am · Link

    I write any time of day. Though, since I’m a night owl, I tend to wind up writing at night most times.
    Gosh, Maggie, you are a marvel.:) I couldn’t do what you do AND work a job.

  4. Elyssa Papa
     · October 18th, 2008 at 2:57 pm · Link

    I write at afternoon or night—but mostly right after dinner thing. I am not a morning person, and will put off getting out of bed until the latest possible minute. The only way I do write in the morning is if I pulled an all nighter, and I’m getting way too old to do that. LOL

  5. Janga
     · October 18th, 2008 at 11:34 pm · Link

    I’m an owl by nature too. Since I’m no longer teaching, I sleep until 8 or 9–sometimes later–when I can. 🙂 My most productive writing hours, if I don’t have to be up early, are midnight until . . . It’s a time wonderfully free of phone calls, family conversations, and other interruptions. But if I have a meeting or the grands are here for the day, it’s back to a lark’s schedule and fitting the writing in when and if I can.

  6. Maggie Robinson
     · October 19th, 2008 at 8:07 am · Link

    JK, despite the fact I’m up, I’m not a morning person either. Don’t talk to me or interrupt me in my routine! And don’t expect a hot breakfast. I am such a b*tch.

    Bernard, right now I’m just getting over a boring stretch in my WIP, and grinding out the words was hard. I mean, there has to be some plot along with the sex. *g*

    Ely, I know you stay up all night and write. I get progressively more stupid after 9 PM, LOL.

    Janga, I can’t remember the last time I slept late. But I used to be able to jump right out of bed if I did and get to work (I used to get to work at 7:15). I can’t do that anymore. I read somewhere if we were meant to pop out of bed we’d all sleep in toasters.

    Kelly, believe me, I go through a sinking spell in the afternoon. The clock crawls from 3 to 5. My energy level is pretty low and it’s hard to summon the will to write.

  7. Tiffany Kenzie
     · October 19th, 2008 at 6:36 pm · Link

    I start around then too, Maggie. But I have to leave the house by seven to get to work.

    I make coffee (usually my first drink of the day, after that I switch to tea) make brekky, usually poppyseed bagel with honey or cornflakes.

    sit down, check millions of emails. Check VV, and other blogs of the day. Then realize it’s half past six and wake up the kids go get dressed, brush teeth, straighten hair, take out dog, tug at his leash while he sniffs the same spot he sniffed yesterday morning for five minutes, go back upstairs say bye to kids, hugs kisses, wake up hubby, leave the door with iPod in one hand, book in another. Then I get to tune the world out for at least another 45 minutes, until I get to work. 🙂

    If I’m writing I write any time of day. But prefer getting up around four to do it whe nI’m really on a roll.

  8. Maggie Robinson
     · October 19th, 2008 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Tiff!!!Four!!! AND you walk a dog.

    You definitely win!!!

  9. irisheyes
     · October 20th, 2008 at 9:29 am · Link

    I am NOT a morning person. I’m trying but it’s an uphill battle. I’m up at 6 am to get the kiddies up for school and let the dogs out. After they leave at around 7:10, I check-in online. If I’ve had a good night sleep and don’t feel the need to go back to bed for another couple of hours I start my day. Shower, breakfast, laundry, dishes, shopping, and of course avoiding all of the above by playing on the computer or reading! LOL

    My best time to write is in the middle of the day when the kids and husband are away!!! Although, I just applied for a job as a clerical sub at the schools in the area so my whole routine may change on a day to day basis.

  10. terrio
     · October 20th, 2008 at 10:23 am · Link

    Like Ely, I put off getting out of bed as long as possible. It’s amazing how much I can rationalize when I don’t want to do something. LOL!

    I have exactly enough time in the mornings to shower, wake up kiddo, get ready for work and run out the door (dropping kiddo at school on my way to work). Then I pretty much blow off the rest of the day. Check email and blogs when I get to work. Do actually work every now and then. I lack discipline big time!

    I have no writing time scheduled which is why I feel guilty most of the time. I have the time, I just don’t use it. *hangs head in shame* I’m such a loser. LOL!

  11. Maggie Robinson
     · October 20th, 2008 at 8:22 pm · Link

    Irish, good luck with the new job! When my kids were little, I got into the habit of getting up at 5 AM to read the paper, have coffee, do the Crytoquote and just have a quiet focused start to the day. Then it was the only hour of “my” time. I have much more “my” time now, but still wake up early.

    Terri, no guilt allowed at MRMR. Like you don’t do enough stuff!