I am officially an asshat.
I asked for some dates off work for PhilCon. Unfortunately, I was looking at last year's webpage for Philcon, and asked for 2003's PhilCon dates, not this year's. I suck.
So, although I'll be able to go to PhilCon in the mornings on Friday and Saturday, I'll have to hie it home to sleep before my nightshift early in the afternoon. I will be able to stay Sunday, at least until I undergo collapse from exhaustion.
For the past month or so I've altered my sleep/wake schedule to allow myself to be able to write early in my 'morning', i.e., the hours before I go to work. Early evening, to you. This is the way Gene Wolfe does it, or did in the years he paid the bills by editing a trade publication. Other writers have done the same. They get up at an ungodly hour and write before going to work. So, I tried it.
I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't work for me. The problem seems to be that it just takes me too long to wake up. By the time I can write coherent prose, a couple of hours have gone by, and it's time to go to work. I don't think I can do anything about this. It's just the way I am.
So, we're back the old system, wake up before work, write after I get home from work.
Favorite patient of the night: OD's on Adderal, a medication for ADHD, which turns out to be a witch's brew of dextroamphetamine salts and a weird racemic combination of amphetamine salts. The police found him running through his neighbors' yards pulling down their Christmas decorations and punching out plastic Santa Clauses. "I'm dead!" he yelled, "I need to go to Heaven!"
Come to think of it, that's how Kelly Link's story, "The Specialist's Hat" starts. Only, it's cute and deliciously creepy when a couple of little girls say they're dead, and somewhat less cute when a half-naked muscular twenty-something is screaming it, bouncing up and down on the bed, being held down by six cops.
== haiku == (noun) haiku
|Left radical is 'person' (人). Right radical is 'not/spread wings' (非). How these elements came to their present meaning is unclear. One theory is that character originally meant 'deformed person', and became applied to deformed individuals kept by kings as jesters (as they were in Europe, also), and later applied to other performers and types of amusement. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Non-person is an amusing actor.'|