…So apparently I needed a new writing-project?
Trick question: It is categorically always true that I need a new writing project. However, in this case, I *did* need a new publishing project. I have all this cool fiction going on, and plans to have a novel draft ready for publication by Feb 2019, and I haven't published anything, really, since the Second Edition of Ubersleep! There are a lot of skills there I could stand to work on, in advance of trying them out on my novel. To practice the writing as much as I do, and then practice nothing about the publishing work that I know will be on me to do as well, seems silly.
Once again, I solve the problems of being busy by doing more things…hey, when it stops working, I'll stop doing it! ;)
I need something that can be completed by year-end — the holidays are a great launch-time and I should have a slow few weeks at work to do the push/brunt of it, I hope. So I asked myself, and some of you, what's the most useful thing I could answer in a reasonably-sized e-book?
The thing that immediately jumped out was how to pick a sleep schedule. Like, the fact that there are options, and not just weird uberman ones but even just biphasic or other arrangements, actually doesn't occur to a lot of people; and when it does, their next question is almost always "how do I pick one? and then what?" I hear that question more than any other, from every source.
And I've only answered it spottily, so far, in individual conversations and a few pieces on whether polyphasism is compatible for X people. Ubersleep-the-book is mostly about the personal-experimentation and adaptation process — because that's definitely what I got familiar with first, mostly on my own. But since I began talking to people about it, and trying to help them have something like the success I've had (in being a zillion times more rested and happy since I found an "alternative" sleep schedule (or two or three…) that works for me), I've gotten a ton more experienced with just that: Finding one that works, or at least works better than ones than don't work at all. It's a crucial step in the process, and for some it gets done unconcsciously or mostly automatically; but for many more people, knowing what to ask and how to interpret the results would be game-changers, I think.
Probably all of you reading this know this already, because I've talked to so many of you about it! You've watched and helped while I flailed around and tried schedules, and I've listened and maybe occasionally helped while you've done the same.
I think it's time for a write-up on finding your well-rested schedule. (That's my tentative subtitle for it. Title is a secret for now!) It's going to be an amazing ride, trying to keep everything I want to say about HOW this is possible, WHY it's important and WHAT we can do about sleep, in under a novel-length! …But I'm game. If it gets too sticky, I'll resort to poetry.
(In all seriousness though, I'm using this as an opportunity to flex my editing-chops too — to keep it clear, useful and to the point. Should be fun! :D)
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More soon! Wish me luck — I'm enjoying my new life of crazy word-count goals, at least so far. And I'm excited to have something not-the-novel to write too, that I can talk about more…the novel doesn't really brook discussion about it until it's done, unlike this fun little project, which I'm actually *expected* to talk about as part of getting it done.
Best to everyone and Happy Near Halloween!
(P.S. There will most definitely be a Halloween Story this year. It's been too long since I've done one!)