I’ve decided to change up my daily ritual. I’ve been reading snippets from this book, aptly titled Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, and it gives a brief view of many different popular writers, painters, etc. and how they worked every day. Some work by the darkness of the early day, some throughout the day, and some at night. Gertrude Stein required a half hour of writing every day of herself.
For the most part, though, most of the artists featured in the book were early birds, which may explain why all the worms have been gone by the time I’ve awoken in the past.
So I’m trying the whole early thing, and this is my first attempt. Last night, I took some melatonin tablets and, after a cigarette, laid down for sleep at 9:30. I know. Cigarettes are bad, and especially right before sleep, but hey, get off my back, Mom. I had alarms set for 5 and 5:30 and my usual alarms for work at 6 and 6:30, because I can never seem to wake up with ease.
This morning, I had my usual middle-of-the-night having to pee, so I did that, and when I returned to bed, I checked the clock, and it said 4:30. I laid down for a bit, and got back up around 4:40-4:45 and turned off all my alarms. I’m a rebel, I know. Some coffee and toast followed, and I’ve been writing since. This is day one. Let’s hope there are many more.