Day 62 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Testing Assumptions

I woke up today feeling miserable – an aching, groggy, sweaty miserableness. The fact that I didn’t sleep well didn’t make things better. I woke up at 3:00 am in the morning and not able to go back to sleep until an hour later. When the alarm clock sounded, I slammed it off and literally rolled over to the other side of my bed.

Obviously, my morning routine wasn’t happening.

I got through the workday thinking that eventually I would feel better, that my work routine would pull me out of my groggy state. That did not happen. Even sipping my ginger tea (my watered-down version of ginger ale, that magical elixir of healing known to African-Americans across the country) changed nothing.

So, once I logged off at work, I slipped into my go-to activity when I’m miserable – watching videos. Except I hadn’t done any writing yet. Let’s go back to the part where I didn’t follow my morning routine which means I didn’t write any new words.

The assumption I had was that watching videos and scrolling social media would take less energy than writing. It was an assumption I hadn’t tested until now. I was tempted to say that I didn’t have the energy to write. Yet. I’m writing this just fine. Now to slip into finishing the short story I’m working on.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 62, – 3/2/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

116,863 / 125,488/ 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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