Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On Time

A few thoughts on time for today...

First, I'm happy to report "Mandatory Waiting Period" will appear in Permuted Press's forthcoming Times of Trouble anthology edited by Lane Adamson. Our escapade with time travel was one of the last times Jamie and I exchanged manuscripts and beta-read for one another, so this one's for you, Jamie. Thanks.

I've been thinking about time lately, how much of a curse and blessing a full time job can be. For one, it eats oodles of time. I see other writers in my relative position all over the social media map, and think, how the hell does he/she/it do that? I'm lucky to blog a few times a week and maybe hit a forum once or twice. My kids eat oodles of time, too, but I love those little scamps. There's a weird trade-off: my job and my children provide plenty of inspiration and writing fodder, but suck away the space to sufficiently use it (hence the curse/blessing).

Finally, NPR (I'm addicted) broadcast an interesting science tidbit last week on the way we perceive time. It's worth the read/listen. "How to Live Forever! Or Why Habits are a Curse"

Here's hoping you find the time to do what you want/need to do today.

14 comments:

Bobbie Metevier said...

Congratulations!

My blog suffers the most and I make two or three forum visits a week. I'm far more disciplined than I used to be, however.

Cheers!

K.Hinny said...

Great post Aaron. Yes, those kiddo's are a blessing, they have an imagination that is unparalleled and I'm pleased that it helps you with your writing too!

Thanks for well wishes, I can't wait to get my life in order so I can get to do what I want! It's just around the bend :)

K.Hinny said...

Oh and Congrats on the latest publishment!

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Bobbie. I just need more discipline, right?

Kara - Thanks--kiddos are a huge blessing, even in moments I want to curse them. ;)

Michael Stone said...

Congrats on the sale!

Cate Gardner said...

Major congratulations on the sale, Aaron. And I wouldn't worry about how much time you spend on forums or twitter etc, as long as you're writing that's all that matters.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Michael.

Cate - I always worry. In my heart, I know it's the writing.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Contrat-o-lations!

I can't get into NPR...don't know why. When I had an office downtown, I had Sirius and tried to listen to NPR several times. So many of the stories just dra-a-agged on forever, like there was a good story to tell there but they felt compelled to fill an hour with slappy-bass lines and purple-ness. My wife loves it, though.

Jameson T. Caine said...

Congrats on the Times of Trouble acceptance! I'm still awaiting the verdict on my sub for that one.

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the story!

I love NPR. One of the good things about my long commute is that I can listen to NPR that much longer every morning and most evenings.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Jeremy. I signed up for the NPR "most emailed stories" digest via email. It's a nice cross section of the best stuff without the filler.

Good Luck, Jameson. Waiting is hard.

Thanks, K.C. I carpool now and don't listen as often, but it did make the drive go sooooo fast.

Bobbie Metevier said...

I don't think YOU need more discipline. I think I do!

Cheers!

Katey said...

Congratulations, that sounds wonderful!!

It's always a trade-off, with life. When I was at my most productive, writing-wise, I was holed up in my room avoiding everything. But it drives you crazy and you run dry, in a way--or at least start repeating yourself.

Also, I just read "Cargo" this morning. Fucking awesome, man. Felt like you punched me in the gut--er, figuratively speaking.

Rabid Fox said...

Time. It's amazing how it slips--especially when staring at a blank page.

Ah well, congrats on making the Times of Trouble anthology. Sounds intriguing.