This is a cartoon panel from The Oatmeal. It really does depict all to well the life of a a writer/comic book writer/internet blogger pretty closely. Warning: It includes both profanity and using the Lord’s name in vain, neither of which are me, but still… I hope you will see both the humor and the nailing it on the head of this panel:
The schedule part is especially true. Close friends know that my normal body schedule is to sleep from 4 am to Noon. When I joke about getting up at the crack of Noon, they think I am lazy. But it is only 8 hours I argue, to which they roll their eyes and walkaway. They always wonder if my computer time clock is off when they receive emails or projects from me at 3:10 am, or like yesterday morning when I sent in a consulting project at 5:35 am when I finished it.
I like working at night. It’s peaceful and nothing interrupts you. Nothing like getting a pot of fresh ground coffee into you around 10 pm and knocking out 10,000 words of brilliant night time prose.
My wife used to be a morning person, but now that we are both retired, the poor woman is getting more on my schedule. I used to be able to watch her fall asleep around 9 pm despite her best efforts. Then I would take her to bed, kiss her good night, then go and write. It looked like this:
Now that she stays up playing on her insomnia inducing Kindle Fire, she gets to watch me:
Ok, maybe I look more like Jabba the Hutt than a Saint writing deep thoughts, but there wasn’t a picture of Jabba the Hutt writing novels on a keyboard on Google Images, so you will just have to use your imagination.
Besides, Jabba the Hutt has been working out: