Sometimes, he sleeps at night — but not lately.

The title of this post pretty much sums it up, yeah?

It’s just after six in the morning now, and I have not slept since… sometime before it got dark outside. Not that I haven’t been sleeping at all. I just haven’t been sleeping when the sky is dark. My schedule got out of sync several weeks ago and has not come back around to “normal” again.

I wonder why it even matters. I don’t have a “real job” flipping burgers or attempting to shove Teh Knowledges into the brains of hostile teenagers or answering telephones all day, so why should it matter if I’m awake when most people are sleeping? I keep saying that writing isn’t a performance art and no one cares — or ought to care, anyway — if you sit around in your pajamas while doing it, or whether you binge-write ten thousand words in sparse sessions or write five hundred words every single day, because all that really matters is that you got it written. Should not the same basic idea apply to editing? As long as I get the work done on time, and get it done right, why does anyone have the right to complain if I’m semi-nocturnal sometimes?

I know the answer to that question, though: they have the right to complain because it’s weird not to be awake and interacting with all the normals all the time, and in modern ‘Merica, weird is wrong.

(I prefer my coffee moderately sweet, but apparently I prefer my sarcasm bitter — or at least sharp. Yes, that’s a metaphor. Deal with it.)


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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One Response to Sometimes, he sleeps at night — but not lately.

  1. Sheron says:

    Relax. No one cares when you sleep. The worry is who is watching you that they would even know. Now, if you have a family that wants to interact with you, there’s a rub. Also, there may be a health issue if you get no sleep.

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