Day 5

Humph. My first full working day of LOA and I’m off to a late start. A full half hour late.

So here’s the plan. I’ve started yoga as of today and plan to keep that up for two months. My class is 8-9 a.m. I will get up at 5 or 5.15 every day, as usual. Mon-Wed-Fri I go for a walk and get back by 6.15-ish and then send the kids to school. Then yoga. Tuesdays and Thursdays I go for tennis, come home, and then go for yoga. Saturdays are for tennis, no yoga. Sundays? Might be for sleeping late, not sure right now.

So by the time I bathe, dress, eat breakfast, wash breakfast dishes etc, it will be past 10 a.m. The morning work session – 2 hours from 10.30 to 12.30 – is for the book I’m going to write. Then I get a 90 minute lunch break. It’s a long lunch break because, knowing me, there’s never going to be anything to eat in the house and I’m always going to have to scrape up something, possibly involving shopping or cooking or both. I want to minimize ordered-in lunches.

The afternoon session – 2-4 p.m. – is for the book(s) I have to edit. My own books. Like any halfway respectable author, I have a trilogy, all of it in manuscript form, some of it in very early drafts.I need to give the whole 200K words a thorough going over. Three months suddenly doesn’t seem like a very long time at all.

But I’m not all that worried about the trilogy. My publisher has signed on one, and for the other two right now the future doesn’t look very bright. If they ever get published, it will be several years from now, so I needn’t lose much sleep over the state they’re in.

The book I’m trying to write is another story (literally and otherwise). It’s going to be a crazy piece of writing and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, or how, or even if I can. In fact, taking three months off from work (without pay) is an insane risk for something that is still a very hazy notion in my head and which, if it does get started, is going to take a lot of pre-work and research. Generally speaking, this book is going to tie together: particle physics; philosophy (which is, of course, closely related to particle physics); dreams; liberal arts education in the US; and the profound impact that Night Film and The Wind-up Bird Chronicles (which, of course, is closely related to Night Film, right?) have had on me. If you haven’t read those two books, you won’t have a clue what I’m talking about, but, chances are, if I ever get done writing this book, you still won’t have a clue what I’m talking about. So that’s quite alright.

So yeah, that’s the plan. Now to the execution. Step One: Get started on time!


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