Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Morning Musings

Does anyone but me hate daylight savings time? I woke up this morning at my usual time according to my internal clock, but it was an hour later according the clock on my nightstand. My watch agreed with the clock on the nightstand.

Getting out of bed at 7 in the morning and starting a day that includes an hour or so of outside chores and exercise, then breakfast, usually gets me into my office to start writing by 9:30. As I type this it is 10:50, and other than a quick check of e-mail, I haven't accomplished one writing-related task, let alone written a word on a new book. All too soon it will be time for noon chores and lunch. That'll put  me back in my office by 1, and I'll be wondering where the heck the day went.

Thinking about this difficulty I have adjusting, made me wonder if anyone has ever let a character deal with this in a story. Might be an interesting bit of characterization. Would one bear it stoically, because that is the right and proper thing to do? Or would one rant and rail against it the way I do?

Leave the #*&@^% time alone, would you!

Whew. Now that I have that off my chest, I want to thank everyone who ordered my book, One Small Victory, during the special celebration of Read An E-Book Week last week. The book made the best-seller list in suspense and thriller at Smashwords, going as high as number 3 and settling at the end in the number 10 spot. It also made the best-seller list on Kindle in the free books category, hitting number 2 for one day, then settling in at # 4.

It may take a while for those folks who ordered the book to get around to reading it. I know I ordered a number of books, some for free and some at deep discounts, and it will take time for me to read them all. But I will read them and leave a quick review and rating on Amazon and Smashwords if I like them. I hope other readers will, too. One of the things we writers are learning is that buzz about a title can make all the difference, and the buzz starts with readers liking a book and rating it on the online markets. So do your part. Support your favorite authors.

That's it for now. Hope everyone has a wonderful day and a productive week, and adjusts quickly to this stupid time change.


Carol Kilgore said...

I wish they'd leave the time alone, too, but I'd rather they keep it at Daylight Savings Time. I love the extra daylight in the evenings.

Maryann Miller said...

I like the extra daylight in the evening, too. Why not split the difference and take us back only a half hour and then leave it alone?

Rhobin said...

For some reason this year has affected me more. I feel still feel tired. They could stop changing the time as far as I'm concerned. Maybe they should try harder to change the weather. That I might appreciate.

Maryann Miller said...

I'm with you Rhobin. It gets harder and harder each year to adjust to the time change.

Peg Herring said...

I woke up an hour early this morning. Not sure what that means, but I hope to get some work done.
To Maryann's readers:
I blogged here a month ago about my new book, THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY. It has been reshuffled in my publisher's line-up and is now scheduled for APRIL 1,2011. The crazy world of publishing!! However, in the meantime, it did get a great review, which you can see at

Maryann Miller said...

Congrats on the review, Peg. I got caught in a similar publishing shuffle once. Doesn't put us in a good light when we announce a pub date and the publisher changes it after the fact. Hopefully, readers understand that we have no control over that.

Terry Odell said...

I don't mind the time change this way. I wake up at about the same time, but if it gets light early, then I start waking up earlier and earlier. And I get to see the glorious sunrises. Plus I like the longer daylight in the evening, since I don't drive at night. This gives me more chances to be out a little later in the day.

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