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Thursday, January 27, 2011

  1. Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:49 am

    This just happened to me last night. I was up until about 3:20 a.m. finishing the rewrites and revisions to The Art of Romance. I diddled around on the computer for another thirty or forty minutes until I started feeling sleepy. But as soon as I turned off the light my mind started whirling:
    –Ankle procedure is next Wednesday–mentally walk through the previous surgery wondering which of the steps I’ll be able to skip this time, if any.
    I’ve got to start writing TURNABOUT’S FAIR PLAY if I’m going to meet my extended May deadline.
    –“Moving” back home to Nashville—Mentally cataloging everything I still have here at my parents’ house in Hot Springs that I need to remember to take home with m.
    Still have the galley of RQ to edit, should be expecting the next editing project soon, need to get the sample historical chapters written, need to finish the new contemporary proposal, need to figure out a book-giveaway contest for February, need to post another conference-prep lesson to my local group, need to look at all the e-mails sitting in my “follow-up” folder in gmail…
    –Possible good news on the medical bills from the hospital here. Not sure if it’s another false alarm or truly good news. (Money/bills is usually the thing on my mind that keeps me from falling asleep.)
    Did the dog just fart, or is there a leaking container of sulfur in here?
    –Oh, great, now my left leg is starting to cramp. Must get up and walk it off. Crap–getting up and walking it off means putting that stupid walking boot back on the right leg.
    Maybe I should watch an episode of Stargate: SG-1 to get my mind to stop buzzing.
    –No, I’ll take a muscle relaxer and that’ll help with both the leg issue and it should make me tired enough to sleep.


    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:12 am

      Usually I pray or….uhm….talk to myself. I tend to be a night person like you. Maybe you could get a tape recorder and speak some paragraphs for your next book into it. Kind of like you do when you are travelling with your computer. If you use a tape player you won’t have the light on the computer moniter to keep you awake.


  2. Thursday, January 27, 2011 5:43 am

    Oh.My.Goodness! Your brain is active, girl! I have to read at night or else my brain won’t shut off. Usually I think about all I have to do the next day or church issues or my WIP. I toss and turn, then end up reading again until I get super sleepy. (MUscle relaxers have been known to help!)


  3. Michelle permalink
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:08 am

    This is definitely timely. I’ve had problems sleeping two nights this week. I’ve been having some dental issues, so the pain from that has been making it difficult to sleep. I admit I’ve sorta been praying/pleading with God to take the pain away.

    I know I need to go to the dentist, however even though I do have insurance, my finances are tight. I’m trying to make it through until I can file my taxes and get my refund.


  4. Thursday, January 27, 2011 7:35 am

    Wow, you do have an active mind. I get up at 5am most days, am not a high energy person, and am usually ready for bed by 8:30pm. I read until my eyes cross and depending on how tired I am and how engrossing the book is, that could be five minutes or forty minutes. I like to have lights out by 9ish, and I usually drop off to sleep within minutes. Now and then I can’t sleep, then I think about my WIP, or pray to fall asleep, or pray about whatever’s troubling me. Rarely I’ll get up and see what my husband is up to. He’s usually winding down with a tv program, or taking the dog for a walk. In the latter case, I just go back to bed to try again.


  5. Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:07 am

    Usually the attributes or the names of God. Just mentally listing them helps me fall asleep. Although, the other night, it actually woke me up.

    I was praying and dozing off at the same time and my prayer went something like:

    “Lord I thank You that you are:

    King of Kings…

    Lord of Lords…

    The Alpha and Omega…

    The First and the Last…

    Beginning and the End…

    We hold these truths to be self-evident…

    That woke me up laughing.


    • Sylvia M. permalink
      Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:13 am

      LOL! That is too funny, Michelle. 🙂


  6. Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:35 am

    You caught me awake at 3am the other night! I’m one of those that goes to sleep, then wakes up with the brain whirling. Here’s a sample:
    1. I’ve GOT to get to sleep.
    2. I need to get moving on this, that, or the other project at work.
    3. I wonder if it will snow enough to really shut things down?
    4. Synopsis is done. Now I have to start that next manuscript.
    5. Ugh. Do I continue with the current hero and heroine, or move to secondary characters? I have outlines for both.
    6. And can I use part of what I wrote when I started thinking about book 2? Or will I have to completely trash it?
    7. I probably need to do more research on hurricane damage on the East Coast. I wonder if the library there could help?
    8. How in the world will I ever get caught up with BONES? I’m only 2 episodes into season 6.
    9. Maybe Kaye or Seekerville have posted.
    10. OK, I’m going to take a break from reading suspense right before I go to bed. “Rocky Mountain Hero,” here I come.

    And if all else fails, I start counting backward from 1,000.


  7. Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:40 am

    All the things I have to do the next day, the day after that, next month…

    Only makes it worse. That’s why TV with a sleep timer is a must.


  8. Thursday, January 27, 2011 1:46 pm

    Too funny, Kaye. I love to use that time to brainstorm plot hooks for my current WIP. Unfortunately, that usually puts me right to sleep 🙂


  9. Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:16 pm

    Usually I’m thinking about work if I have trouble falling asleep.


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