Saturday, April 16, 2005

Time Management

Just something
strange I noticed.

Now that I'm jobless (on the 24th, officially) I've found that I leave the blog alone for longer stretches. When I was busy and frazzled and dealing with military bullshit I wanted nothing more than to spend a few hours on the computer composing missives. Now . . .

Now I sleep most of the day and spend the night watching television or browsing the internet. Ideas come so infrequently.

I definitely have the problem detailed in the book No Plot? No Problem!, where Chris Baty encourages all month-long novelists to continue their hectic schedules, allotting writing time to specific chunks because too much time is often worse than too little.

Seems simple enough. I also get very few hits and no comments anymore. Not sure if I even have an audience.

There was a spike when I discussed certain Marine Corps experiences, and I can only assume that somehow acted as a weird magnet, drawing people into my site who then read the content with confused expressions. Video games? Wha?

I'm also getting to the point where I either figure out how going to school will be possible or just give up and look for employment. Which means trying to figure out how a high-school educated former UGA library assistant and former Microwave Communications Marine can get a decent job in the DC area that allows both self and spouse to eat and be sheltered. And maybe see a movie now and then.



Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think it's pretty common to be less productive when you have too much time on your hands. The number of good ideas I get seems to be dependant on how much exercise I get, don't know about other people.

andrew stern said...

still here, and reading when I can -- hoping you don't stop blogging!