Let me start out by letting you know I’ve changed my sleeping habits this week in an effort to stimulate better writing. For most of the semester I’ve been operating under a 1 pm – 6 am waking schedule. This was fine, up until the daylight savings switch- 4 hours of sunlight a day does not work. Now I have rigged my alarm so I wake up at 5:30 am and fall asleep at a much more reasonable midnight.
I’ve always heard that writing directly after awakening is the way to do it, and naturally, I assumed this was bullshit invented by some old fart who can’t wake up after 8 am because of their arthritic bowel. It turns out that this is not bullshit. My internal critic is nice and quiet, and only gives me necessary advice on grammar. I can take my time and don’t feel pressured to impress anyone, since everyone else is asleep, and I can always delete what I’ve written before they wake up (take that!)
Anyways, this new temporal space I’ve inhabited for the past week has given me some new insights into New York City: Continue reading