Day 124: Lift Off

Day 124: Lift Off

Yup, day one of the writing challenge, which I’m deciding right now will be 60 days long, commenced today. And it felt great. In fact, I’m feeling rather accomplished tonight despite the fact that the editing work kind of fell apart in the later hours of the day.

I’m still not 100% over this thing, and today very very much illustrated that. I ate the meals I was supposed to eat, took the allergy meds, and yet at like 3:00, I could hardly keep my eyes open, my head was hurting, and my overall body was just kind of aching. I honestly thought I was getting sick again. And, I couldn’t focus on work for the life of me…so…I did the prudent thing when you work from home and laid down to see if I could sleep off some of this bullshit.

And it worked.

Granted, I thought it was going to be 30 minutes and it ended up being 2 hours, but it was *exactly* what I needed. I woke up feeling genuinely refreshed, with energy coursing through my nerves. So, honestly, I just think I need to try and listen to that as much as I can. Otherwise, I really will get sick again. But man, thank god it actually worked, the nap. What a glorious nap it was, too. The rain outside was pouring, the house was quiet, the Coops was curled up at my feet, and I put my phone on “do not disturb.” This is new revelation for me. “Do Not Disturb.”

I’ve known of its existence for quite some time, and never really used it. I used to be pretty good about just letting my phone make noises while I was taking a nap and just ignoring them (unless someone calls repeatedly). But, lately, I haven’t been able to get back to sleep once someone calls. I realize this makes it sound like I take naps all the time 😛 I wish. The only reason I’ve noticed this lately has been because I’ve been trying to fend of various sicknesses these past two months, and the whole resting thing during the daytimes has not been happening. Do an experiment: lay down in the day time to take a quick 20 minute nap. It is *guaranteed* your phone will ring at least once during that nap. Even if you’ve not received a solitary text all day long, you will during that 20 minute nap time. And lately, those calls have completely disrupted that nap time, and my timer is going off to wake me up by the time I’ve started to drift again. A 20 minute nap turns into a 5 minute nap that takes 20 minutes just like that.

Not so with “Do Not Disturb.” Thanks Apple! 🙂

So yeah, the writing. It didn’t even really decide to do it this way, but I’m starting with character research on my pilot. I think that’s key, especially for TV, to start with your characters. They’ll dictate what the plot points should be. And I got to listen to music while I did it, and look up mental disorders. The hour freaking flew by, but I did feel like I’d done a decent amount of work done.

I’m also realizing that the other half of this writing challenge needs to be that I’m setting specific goals/deadlines. Otherwise, I could be outlining for eternity and never actually write anything. And I don’t want that to happen. So, I’m going to do that tomorrow. Tomorrow’s blog entry will lay that out for everyone to see. That’s how we’ll do it.

For now, I shall once again lay down my head and try to focus on being as relaxed and restful as I can. I want to get back to being fully healthy. This halfway state, albeit better than being sick, sucks a sack of balls. Like, dirty, used, half-deflated, basketballs…used for street ball, so they’re all street dirty and stuff. Gum, and asphalt, and no referees. Nobody wants to suck those balls.

Day two of the writing challenge tomorrow!

Tonight’s amazing do-it-yourself-jetpack is courtesy of Doodlecraft.