Friendsgiving and the Art of Shopping

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to gobble till you wobble...

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to gobble till you wobble...

It’s Thanksgiving, or as I refer to it, Friendsgiving. The food has been served and the leftovers put away, and yet, my house still smells of smoked turkey and freshly-baked pies. Truly, I dwell in a state of pure food bliss.

However, I’ve no sooner finished basking in the joy of Friendsgiving when it’s suddenly time for the world to engage in a rampant, carb-fueled shopping extravaganza.
Time to purchase “stuff” for the holidays. I mean, there’s a crap-ton of sales going on now, isn’t there? There’s Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, Something-Else Sunday, Cyber Monday, Never-Too-Late Tuesday, Why-Not Wednesday, and the list goes on…

But I’ve gotta’ be painfully honest. I really don’t want an excuse to go and buy a crap-ton of stuff that I already don’t have room in my house to store. Oh, of course, there’s the holiday gifts to buy for others, naturally…but as for me, I’m good. No more stuff needed for Jaz, thank you.

And I’m not standing in line at O-dark-thirty in the morning for ANY sales, no matter how great they claim to be. I’m a writer…I need my beauty sleep!

That being said, if that’s your thing, knock yourself out. To each their own. It’s all cool. Live and let live, that’s what I say… *using my best evil-Morty-sounding voice*

[Note from Jaz: That’s a Rick & Morty deep-cut reference there. Wubba-lubba-dub-dub!]

Something I Recently Realized…

I’ve heard, or read, many an author reflect upon the art of writing. Advice and insights vary by personality of the writer. However, most agree that writing at a specific time every day – indeed, writing EVERY day – is the soundest approach to achieving milestones toward a completed manuscript.

Well, I can’t disagree with that at all. Hell, I’d love to do that.

However, recently, I’ve noticed that my “prime time” for high-quality, high-word count content begins around 2pm, and typically continues robustly until around 5 to 6pm. Unfortunately, that schedule largely doesn’t agree with my day-job, which is a Monday-to-Friday, 8am – 5pm obligation. (Dare I add the two evenings each week that I also engage in my professorial duties?) That pretty much leaves weekends and holidays to capitalize on my optimal writing pattern.

As I’m not prepared to retire from my day-job, I’m left with one final comment on the matter: Damn. It figures.

If you’re a writer, leave me a comment let me know what your optimal writing time of the day is. I’m curious.

Also, if you braved the crowds to take advantage of Black Friday, let me know. I, for one, prefer shopping online whenever possible.

Until later, enjoy life; be kind to those around you, and Happy Reading! Peace.