Not quite. It’s a 6.

Coffee could no longer stave off the deleterious effects of a lack of sleep for nigh going on 3  weeks. Deadlines were deadlines and no where was there sympathy for those who found themselves smack dab dead up against one, let alone more than one.

So what’s a body to do when the eyes, conspirators in a campaign for independence, begin glazing, blinking increasing in frequency for want of closing indefinitely or, resistant to peer pressure, remain open, unseen forces having pried them (open) wider than is natural for man or beast. Overcompensation at its most mischievous.

As many a writer will attest, there are advantages of sleep deprivation however, the benefits are almost always eclipsed by the negative effects yet hail to the slumber deprived for within them lies the pathway to a portal to the “dimension of imagination” as Rod would say, a “dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity”.

I was hoping to reach that dimension this evening…

26 thoughts on “Not quite. It’s a 6.

  1. UP July 1, 2020 / 10:40 pm

    The struggle is real. Good six

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 2, 2020 / 6:04 am

      Oh, yeah, lol. I noticed last night the SSS link says it’s open for 6 days. So tired when I wrote it, I used the old closing day (following Tuesday) 😀
      Thanks, Paul.

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  2. purplestoneblog July 2, 2020 / 12:00 am

    What’s a writer to do, but get back out of bed and head for the computer. It happens. Good going.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 2, 2020 / 6:10 am

      No doubt you do, Chris! My inbox has many e-mails from luna’s on line I’ve not yet clicked on 🙂

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  3. Rhen Laird July 2, 2020 / 5:13 am

    This is so true, and well said! I resist sleep until I crash and burn 🙂

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      • Rhen Laird July 2, 2020 / 8:53 am

        Well, for me it’s partly because I don’t sleep well–lots of nightmares; and because when I’m on a writing streak…it’s hard to stop 🙂

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge July 2, 2020 / 2:01 pm

          Nightmares. Guaranteed to prevent a good night’s sleep. So sorry you have them.
          I’m jealous you get on writing streaks 😀 I’ve not had that experience for quite a long time.

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        • Rhen Laird July 2, 2020 / 2:03 pm

          It’s an escape–I just power into the prompts till I’m “sleep-typing” 😉

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  4. clark July 2, 2020 / 7:12 am

    “…in the shade of the light, passing from one room to the next, the blinding bright becomes visible, the darkly-unseeable is brought forward…”

    (Kahlil Gibran. c. 630 to twenty-past-nine)

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  5. lensdailydiary July 2, 2020 / 11:14 am

    I’m gonna have to try and enter that portal sometime, especially if it creates stories like the Twilight Zone. I sympathise with the eyes wanting independence. I sometimes feel like I need to take them out, give them a good wash and put them back in again.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 2, 2020 / 2:13 pm

      I know, right? lol Thank you for saying that out loud, Len! Exactly how I’ve felt the last couple of weeks 😀

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  6. The Vintage Toy Advertiser July 4, 2020 / 4:06 am

    Nice use of the cue word to arrive at the dreaded ‘deadline’! You’re right about how the eyes operate, and interesting how we as writers function with or without sleep and if it can elevate us to ‘special places’…
    Ideally, do you prefer daytime writing or night? I used to be a night owl but the day job just zaps me lately, so I function better writing in the mornings now.
    Yes to The Twilight Zone! That is one super creepy mysterious episode – the Major falling into the snow then the doll reveal is top.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 4, 2020 / 11:04 am

      Thanks, V.
      Like you, I too have always been a night owl. Having said that, I’ve always written better in the morning the earlier the better. I identify with the brain zap, lol. Writing at night, can be a bit of a challenge.
      That was a good episode. Twilight Zone was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid.

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  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake July 5, 2020 / 4:35 pm

    Timelines, deadlines, lines under the tired eyes… many good lines in your piece and of course that last line like a punch line.

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