“Come Hither”, the Night Whispers… and I Answer the Call

For a few months now, since soft Summer gave way to her blustery brother Autumn, I have been attempting to keep a daytime schedule. To say this has not been easy is to say it’s difficult for a human to fly. I am, by birth and blood, kith and kin, a night person. I thrive when the sun has gone to slumber and the moon shines silver in my window. This is when I work best, and this is when I feel the most alive.

Sadly, the world does not seem to understand my need for the dark and quiet hours before dawn. My children have school in the mornings, which I must rise to ready them for and take them to, and by the time I am back home it is too late to sleep again because if I do I will lose any time I might have to work in the peace and quiet of my family being away. Unfortunately for me, most of the time when I am awake for that reason, I am also at my very lowest level of productivity. It would be more productive to give the keyboard to a zombie and ask it to write my books and graduate papers than it is for me to try when all I can think about is taking a nap to possibly relieve the pounding headache fatigue has graciously gifted me with.

Mind you, the night before I have had an average of 7.5 hours of sleep.

But my body screams “why are you doing this to me? It’s not natural! I need the NIGHT!” And sure enough, as the sun goes down, so too do my energy and alertness go up. It is not laziness, and it is not an inability to keep a proper schedule.

It is who I am.

My grandmother, who is also a writer and editor and owns a library that I drool over just thinking about, recently confided in me that to this day she stays up until 2 AM most nights. Night people are this way because it is who we are, and always will be. Sadly, for the most part we must live in a day-peoples’ world, but I am curious to know… how many more of my fellow scribes work best when Luna is their muse?

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2 Responses to ““Come Hither”, the Night Whispers… and I Answer the Call”

  1. I know what you mean! I used to be a night owl but have become a morning person. I had to condition myself to be so (I get to work at 7:30am, ackkk!).

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