Discipline

It takes discipline to write.

It takes discipline to get up at 5:30 every morning and run several miles.

It takes discipline to do both every day before work.

This is how I’ve been living the last four days.  The result?  A couple thousand words worth of short story (still in progress), more energy at the beginning and in the middle of the day (yay!), and a lot more fatigue at the end of the day (zzzzzz).

Is this the spark I needed to reignite my creative fire?  Maybe.  I do feel more alert, have better mental focus, and find my mind returning to a state where it teems with ideas and eagerness to work on things.  I’ll have to sustain this schedule somehow.  The exercise is obviously the genesis of my increased energy, but I need to sleep with equal vigor or my brain will simply short out again and take the rest of me with it.

Other portents that bode well for my near future:

  • I found a way to convert a mass of ancient digital files in obsolete formats (Claris Works?) to plain text, rendering them useable again.  Some of these, I haven’t read in 15 years, and I’m amazed at times how inventive and weird I was in the past.
  • I’ve ordered a fancy new Bluetooth stylus for the iPad—one with pressure sensitivity and palm detection—so I can give digital painting a whirl.  Maybe this is what gets me back into drawing comics.
  • Digital subscriptions (via Amazon’s Kindle app) to speculative fiction magazines such as Science Fiction & Fantasy, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Asimov’s Science Fiction are quite inexpensive: anywhere from $2-$4 a month.  I grabbed a handful so I can fill my brain with a steady supply of inspiration.
  • Scanning my old physical notes—of which I have reams and reams—has been made easier than ever by Evernote, which also makes them searchable.

So, I have fewer excuses than ever to not be making things.  The trick is to have the energy to keep moving, both figuratively and literally.

It’s a Friday, and it’s been a long week.  I look forward to a good night’s sleep and a productive weekend.

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