Day One of my self-imposed writing challenge

The title came to me around 3 a.m. last night when I was supposed to be sleeping. I wrote about three days of this self-imposed writing challenge, but like a lot of my writings which occur in my mind in the middle of the night, I have forgotten most of it. Here’s what I do remember:

When my eldest daughter and husband finally painted our bedroom over the summer after years of sleeping in a room where the walls were covered in a horrible grey looking paint, we also rearranged the furniture. Rearranging the furniture is not that easy, especially moving the waterbed, which entails attaching the hose and putting itΒ out the window so gravity can do its thing with the water.

Bedside table and lamp

My Grandmother’s table which needs to be redone, and my new lamp.

In our newly painted and rearranged room, I asked for a nightstand for my side of the bed. I hadn’t had one for god-knows how long, okay maybe actually never, at least not a true nightstand. I wanted it so I could put my glasses there, plus a notepad for when I do wake in the middle of the night, and I could write down all the paragraphs popping out of my mind. So far this has not worked out. I have a new bedside lamp to see, the pen/pencils are there, the notepad is ready (they are in the drawer), but I have one problem with this scenario – our waterbed.

Have you ever tried to write well sitting on a waterbed, it is not the easiest thing going, and if it is the middle of the night, when I am only half awake, the situation becomes almost impossible. So night after night, I awaken and lay there with sentences going through my mind in hopes that I will remember them in the morning. This rarely happens, and sadly I have written some damn good posts in the middle of the night, I just can’t remember them come morning. Thus I have to come up with a solution to deal with the waves in the waterbed for when I do try to write. Maybe the husband could put a desk just off to the side, that way I only have to slide my buttocks from the bed to a chair with the hope the words in my brain don’t get all jumbled and lost.

I should mention I have an issue with sleep walking, and the other night I unplugged my new bedside lamp, and moved it to the other dresser. Why? I have no idea. I’m just happy I haven’t rearranged any kitchen knives lately.

 

23 thoughts on “Day One of my self-imposed writing challenge

  1. aFrankAngle

    Who knows how many blog posts I’ve developed in my head that never made it to paper … so I understand that one. In terms of your penchant for nocturnal decorating, I can’t provide any tips.

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  2. peady

    Thank goodness you don’t keep knives in your bedroom! πŸ˜‰

    I write lots of great stuff in my head. Then I wake up. πŸ™

    Frustrating!

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      1. peady

        Well, it would at least be good blog fodder… and give you something to do while in jail. πŸ˜‰

        Red(head) is the new Black! *snorks*

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          1. peady

            Oh you would definitely have a girlfriend! πŸ˜€

            So many Orange is the New Black jokes to make! πŸ˜‰

            Here’s to remaining free and a happy Tuesday. πŸ™‚

          2. peady

            I am sure the first season DVD is out. Maybe worth checking. It’s a great series.

            I said the same about Netflix, btw, but DH was right. I enjoy the original series and there are many excellent things for the kids.

            Data is a pain. I get it.

  3. petchary

    I don’t have a waterbed so don’t know about the physical problems – but good idea about putting a notepad by your bed. I should do that. I have “written” entire short stories, and blog posts, in my head in the early hours of the morning and like you, forgotten when I wake up! (It’s a cute little lamp though!)

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  5. Cathy C

    Well maybe one of those table that go over the side of the bed (like a hospital bed) would do the trick – if it is on wheels easy to move even when moving while sleeping walking

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  6. Lottie Nevin

    I thought you were going to say that you’d unplugged the water bed! I do the same, have great ideas, lines etc in my head and then have totally forgotten them the next morning. I’ve toyed with the idea of keeping a dictaphone by the bed but then my chattering away (and probably laughing at my own jokes) would wake up dearly beloved so what’s a girl to do?

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    1. AlwaysARedhead Post author

      I have thought about using a tape also, but I too would probably laugh out loud and I don’t think hubby would appreciate it, certainly not when he needs his sleep for work in the morning.

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