Shannon Stacey

Good morning, little black raincloud

I’m not a morning person, and people who say “Good morning, sunshine” are very lucky I treasure my caffeine too much to toss my coffee at them. My usual waking routine consists of glaring at my children, my pets, Good Morning America, and snarling something unintelligible at my husband when he tells me to have a good day.

But by 7:30 this morning I was fully engaged in performing intense brain surgery on a PS3 controller. Status: failed. The X button is toast. Instead of having sticky soda or chocolate hanging it up, the little rubber nipple under it is losing it’s bounce-back-ability and…yeah, y’all don’t care.

Anyway. So many of the “how I write” stories by the most successful authors mention getting up at the butt-crack of dawn and turning out pages before their families are even out of bed.

Really? I gotta tell you, if that’s a requirement, I’m well and truly screwed. I can only imagine how my books would turn out if I dragged myself down to my computer at five in the morning…

Carrie staggered to the front door, not bothering to smooth her raging case of bedhead because whoever had dared ring her doorbell at such an ungodly hour deserved to be traumatized. She yanked open the door to find Bob on the other side, a massive bouquet of roses in his hand.

“I’ve been an idiot,” he declared, then he paused as though to give her time to refute it. She didn’t. “I’m sorry I blackmailed you into becoming my reluctant mistress. It was the amnesia. But now I’m sorry and I want to spend the rest of my life with you and have children and cats and dogs and I love you and—”

Carrie reached into the pocket of her robe, pulled out her .22 and shot him in the face. “Shut. Up.”

When Bob finally stopped twitching, she closed the door and went back to bed, where she slept happily ever after.

8 comments to “Good morning, little black raincloud”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · July 1st, 2008 at 9:26 am · Link

    i’m with you on that. i need at least an hour of coffee and staring at the wall before semicoherence sinks in.

    loved the writing though. it’s fresh and unique. you should try it more often :lmao:

  2. Charlene
      · July 1st, 2008 at 11:23 am · Link

    Ha! Hey, all you have to do is change genres and early morning can work for you. :nod:

  3. Rhonda
      · July 1st, 2008 at 11:32 am · Link

    So I guess I probably shouldn’t start with “Good Morning, Sunshine?” Tossing coffee? Really? Eeek. :coffee:

    Great writing, maybe not your typical romance, but still

  4. Michelle (MG)
      · July 1st, 2008 at 11:41 am · Link

    Exactly. :clap: Thank God someone else feels that way. I haven’t been writing much because of moves and other things, but when I hear all these other authors tell me to just get up earlier, I think :gaah: are you kidding me? I already get up too early because my toddler thinks 6 am is morning (um, not in my household, where the older two never got up until after 7 as toddlers). My dh is the morning person, but he’s already gone to work by 6. Therefore I lie in bed and try to convince the toddler to cuddle til at least 7. He doesn’t buy it. My body barely functions at that hour. My mind? Um, yeah. I don’t even think I could write more than a sentence.

  5. Ellen F.
      · July 1st, 2008 at 11:44 am · Link

    Bwah ha ha. I must confess to being one of those that crawls out of bed at an early hour to get stuff written before my darling children get up. I’m not a morning person, precisely, but I feel more like writing in the early hours of the day than I do in the evening. By the time I tuck in the little monsters, I’m waaaay too tired to write, most of the time.

    I guess it’s just a matter of finding what hour of the day works for you, and using it to write. But I’m with you on the caffeine. Can’t live without it, and wouldn’t DREAM of tossing my precious caffeine at anyone!

  6. Annmarie
      · July 1st, 2008 at 5:30 pm · Link

    I had rather stay up til 4 am than to get up before 9.

    Don’t tell my boss.

  7. Karen Templeton
      · July 1st, 2008 at 10:16 pm · Link

    First, :lmao: . You so rule.

    Second, nope, no real brain function before ten. Doesn’t mean I’m not up and Doing Stuff — sorta — but writing anything someone would actually want to read?

    Uh, no.

    Turns out, as far as writing goes, I’m an afternoon person. So I devote the morning to the five million and one other things needed to keep a household of six — not counting the oft visiting grandchild and the Dog That Came to Stay — from falling apart.

    THEN I write.

    If I’m lucky. :roll:

  8. Shannon
      · July 2nd, 2008 at 10:31 pm · Link

    Part of my problem is getting everything done, thinking I’ll write in the evening, then finding myself exhausted.

    I’m going to try, next week, writing from noon to three with minimal interruptions. Errrands and housecleaning and phone calls in the morning, wrapped up before the hubby comes home.

    That’s the plan, anyway.

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