[LMB] When do you write?
Lois McMaster Bujold
lbujold at myinfmail.com
Tue Sep 10 03:10:23 BST 2013
[LMB] When do you write?
Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Mon Sep 9 13:08:23 BST 2013
Lois - when do you write?
Patricia Wrede's blog consistently are posted around 6:00 AM. Sarah
Hoyt's are at least that early (her
http://accordingtohoyt.com/2013/09/07/representing/ post mentions Ethan
of Athos). I wonder when they write their fiction.
I was in an e-mail conversation once with Charles Stross (whose blog has
late night posts). He ended it saying it was time to go to a pub for
dinner. I looked up the time and it was around 11:00 PM Scotland time.
John Scalzi's Blog posts can come any time, but he writes his fiction
mostly in the morning.
LMB: Lately, I don't. All the time I used to spend making up and
writing stories, not to mention reading other books, has been
increasingly absorbed by my internet participation and assorted
fascinated lurking. Also about a million interviews this year. People
pop up about every week wanting a short story or essay -- sometimes they
even offer payment -- but those I can refuse without a pang. (An
exception was the McCaffrey tribute this past year.) I also spend a
certain amount of time and energy saying no to conventions. Some of
them are _really_ hard to turn down, but the relief I feel when I have
done so tells me I'm doing the right thing. And now there are blogging
and book reviews, which I didn't used to do.
I answer e-mail and online queries pretty much as they come in,
randomly. Also random are communications from my agent -- foreign
rights or sub-rights offers, contracts, checks, and so on. This may
require anything from an expedition to the darkest reaches of my filing
cabinets, or worse, my basement, to a trip to the bank and subsequent
record keeping for taxes. Taxes quarterly and yearly, although the time
I spend doing data-entry on Quicken throughout the year pays off
big-time prior to April 15th.
I have written on various schedules through my career, as I was living
around my family. I still have some of that going on. For a time, I
was getting my main creative writing done in the mornings, but the combo
of sleep-med hangovers and internet participation eats the block of time
and energy that used to go to that.
If I had a story I strongly wanted to tell, I could probably go back to
some method of putting it first in my energy queue, wherever in the day
that falls, but I don't at present. My life seems to be on hold at the
moment waiting for my son to move out, again. Which is utterly
pointless -- I used to write around _much_ more interruption than he
presently supplies, but darn it, having worked for all those years to
launch a family I think they should _stay launched_. Mutter. I do spend
a bit of time fantasizing about selling the house, moving, and not
telling him where I've gone, but it probably wouldn't work; he'd be
clever enough to track me down.
Ta, L. Now going off to read an actual book. It's not a very good
book, but I mean to finish it anyway.
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