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March 06, 2010

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I think it's just how an individual's biorhythms work. While I get up fairly early, I can do very little for the first hour in the morning except infuse coffee and mumble a little. I also can't stay up late. So I do most of my writing in the boring old 9-to-5 time. But whatever the time, solitude and quiet are necessary.

After adhering by necessity for an eternity to the 8-6 schedule, I too am an early riser and find that with the jolt of coffee, my mind starts racing. I can put in about an hour and then I become filled with resentment about the reality of my desk job. When I was in grad school, I did my writing in the morning and reading in the evening. Then, I took a three month leave from my job to finish my thesis and I realized that I may be a nocturnal person after all. I slept late, didn't dress until late morning, and really got going after 11:00 pm. It was heaven and almost too painful to think about now. Still, mornings are magical, even in NYC. The saying goes that NYC is the city that never sleeps but in reality it is the city that sleeps in (I'm talking about weekends now). Well, another wonderful post John. Thanks for a fantastic week. I hope you will return at some point.


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