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Random thoughts on sleep deprivation

Like so many people, I’ve been suffering from insomnia lately. Between the two jobs I can alternate between day and night shifts frequently which makes having a normal sleep cycle pretty difficult. I work two jobs by choice because the hospital helps me keep my skills up to date and the State allows me to put bad people in jail. It's a good mix.

My problem is that when I’m exhausted, I’m unable to focus on ANYTHING. I'm awake, but I'm also useless. When I’m reading stories so many of them say something like, "I was unable to sleep and I decided to write this little drabble". And, of course, the drabble is amazing. So what am I missing here?

Why do I turn into a drooling waste of space when I’m tired and everyone else is able to scribe wonderful bits of lovely fiction?

I must learn this talent and use it to my advantage.

I'm off to stare at the television and drool on myself. :D

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beachtree
Nov. 9th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
I, for one, have missed your O.C. writing and your WIP, so I hope you have productive drooling. Is there such a thing?

Does staring at the TV require turning it on?
nightrider101
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the lovely compliment, Beachtree. :) I've got a three day weekend coming up so hopefully I'll get a chance to write some. I must admit that I've become sidetracked by Doctor Who. I'm like a hyperactive puppy! I do what to get back to OC though.

LOL I must admit I've stared at the TV while it was both off and on. ;)
beachtree
Nov. 9th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
The cable and Net were down yesterday for a while and I DID stare at a blank screen for longer than I care to admit. Don't ask! My bizarre questions do have legitimate sources.

The compliment is deserved. You've still got me wondering what will happen at the ER with that whole can of worms and even what you see as late night, drunken ramblings make for compelling reading. We should all be so lucky! Most of my sober thoughts aren't nearly as coherent.

I've never seen the Doctor, but I'll wait for you to find "The O.C." groove.

Hope you got some sleep- and some good zoning time!
nightrider101
Nov. 12th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Well, I updated Willing Sacrifice. :) I suppose I should have dedicated it to you. Your comment flattered me and I didn't want to neglect the story any longer. This really is a wonderful genre. Everyone has been so kind to me. I'm truly at a lot for words. Of course I can't write anything short so this story is probably going to drag out forever. LOL

I've got the house to myself for the next three days so there will be plenty of time for tv zoning! :D
beachtree
Nov. 12th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Yay and thank you for that. I hope I didn't pressure you. Really, I don't guilt or pinata. I always feel horrible enough when I'm behind with the comment ketchup or take too long to beta. Log cabins/matches/forest fires, you get the train of thought...

I'll save it for later today since I promised myself I'd be headed for bed by 1:30. It's good to have goals. We've been lucky with so much fic this weekend. I can look forward to this update and ctoan's story tomorrow.

Everyone has been so receptive because you've made it impossible not to be. Get it? And a well-developed story can be a long one. It's all in the pacing. I have faith in you. Something with this many issues has to be nurtured anyway. Quick fix is anti-climatic and so in the style glossover-the-real-issues!Josh. That's one you don't want to emulate!

Three days of solo time? That's prime zoning. Enjoy. Thanks for the heads up. ; )
nightrider101
Nov. 12th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
No, you didn't pressure me at all. Sometimes a friendly reminder is a wonderful thing. It lets you know that you haven't been forgotten. :)

I hope you made it to bed on time. I headed to bed around 2:00 and woke up many times through the night. Eh, at least thing I have today to sit on my rump and do nothing. It's going to be a good day!
beachtree
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
That's a relief- or you're telling me what I want to hear, Ryan. You certainly haven't been forgotten. I would see a fic that you posted and then see another fandom and just patiently wait and hope. ; )

I didn't make it to bed on time. It was more like 4:00. I have painters coming tomorrow and I was clearing the way. Not my brightest move. Like you, I still kept waking up. I wonder why that is?

Hope you're enjoying your "rump" day. I'll be reading your latest this evening. Dining entertainment!
60schic
Nov. 9th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Darlin' - when I'm tired, I can barely read fic...write it? Uh-uh! I have to be rested and thinking well or it doesn't happen. I do however enjoy reaping the benefits of the insomnia of others...
nightrider101
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
LOL Thanks 60schic! I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was beginning to wonder... :)
fredsmith518
Nov. 9th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
My problem is that when I’m exhausted, I’m unable to focus on ANYTHING. I'm awake, but I'm also useless. When I’m reading stories so many of them say something like, "I was unable to sleep and I decided to write this little drabble". And, of course, the drabble is amazing. So what am I missing here?

I dunno, but when you find out, please share, because I'm with you on the whole exhausted=zilch creativity !
nightrider101
Nov. 10th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
You'll be the first to know, fred! :) We could probably market the secret and retire early.
katwoman76
Nov. 21st, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Between your two jobs, the follow-up insomnia and real life I wonder, how you manage to write at all. I just know, that I liked the results I saw so far.
Me on the other hand - not able to form a coherent thought at all.
Which is a problem at work. But even with my head free, I could never write a story the way you and other flisters do it.
nightrider101
Nov. 22nd, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks Kat! I'm glad you enjoy my writing. :) I appreciate the compliments.

I've been having problems concentrating lately. Hopefully the long weekend will help me to relax!
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