That Whole “Time Flies” Thing, Writing Mojo, and Stephen King

So now that I’m doing the big city living thing, I’ve been discovering something interesting: time flies when you’re doing nothing more than going through your day.

That sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it? I mean, time flew for me back in the suburbs, too. But it’s a very different feeling in my new “city life”.

Back at our old place, time flew, yes – time always flies, except, of course, when you most want it to – but it flew very predictably. Every day saw the same old, same old and so time flew over very familiar terrain.

And before you start thinking, wow, Belle, you must be so busy running about now, doing stuff, LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST … Um, no, I’m not.

It’s that whole “potential” thing.

Photo 2012-04-06 10 07 09 PMMoon shining on Lake Ontario

(Disclaimer: This picture has absolutely NOTHING to do with anything in this post. I took it sometime last week or the week before that. The moon shining down on the lake was just so pretty. Unfortunately, my iPhone camera simply didn’t do it justice. But I’m sharing it with you all anyway!

Now back to my post …)

To be honest, I haven’t yet fully clicked into full-on city living. Not yet. And at the pace I’m going, by the time I’ve truly thrown myself into doing and living all the amazing events and experiences Toronto has to offer – BAM! – I’m going to be knee deep in deadlines again.

(Well, there you go. That’s motivation enough to start living more fully, isn’t it?)

But you see,  every day here there’s the potential of doing something different, something new. And up until our move, I’ve had such an isolated, hermit-like existence, even this potential is like a breath of fresh air.

And I’m realizing, I really must get a grip on things. Savour the potential, sure. But I really don’t want to let that put me off-track. Potential is fun. It’s enticing. But there’s more to life than just savouring the potential while time flies right by you.

(OMG, Belle, is this your long-winded, very strange way of explaining your recent blogging absences?

Why yes. Yes it is. Is it that obvious?


In other, more exciting (to me) news: I have my writing mojo back!

Yes, that bit of news deserves bolding …

And all it took was recognizing that my habits have changed. Where I once was that bright and sparkly night owl, ready to tackle huge manuscripts late into the night, I’m now that sleepy, tired is-it-time-for-bed-yet owl who wakes up (those who know me well won’t believe this, but it’s true) at the ungodly hour of 8:00 a.m. Yes, you read that right. Ever since our move, I’ve been waking up around 8:00 – without even trying!

This has had a major effect on my nightly activities. So in recognition of this, I changed things around. My writing time is now in the mornings (or close to it).

I have somehow managed to become a morning person. Well, okay, maybe “morning person” is a bit of an exaggeration.

How about mid-morning person? And some days, an early afternoon person.

Because it does take me that long (after my mandatory two cups of coffee) to get going some days.

And in the reading department … I finished Stephen King’s 11/22/63 the other day. I will probably post a review, but here’s my super-micro review:

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11 thoughts on “That Whole “Time Flies” Thing, Writing Mojo, and Stephen King

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I have you to thank for motivating me to get back to the book. When I started reading it, I was deep into a mystery short stories streak. I know, right? The perfect way to ease into reading an 800+ page book – NOT! So I’d put the book down, but I did remember to pin it to my #amreading Pinterest board, and when you told me what your husband said, and that he cried … well, how could I resist? So thank you!

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)

    Yay for writing mojo! My husband is in the middle of 11/22/63 right now and he is totally hooked. He keeps making predictions and then asks me if he’s right. I won’t give him any spoilers and it’s killing him!

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Ward is reading it too, Kathy! It’s so amazing, because he’s very much a non-fiction kind of reader. But I was raving about this when I finished it. I told him, it’s not a horror story. And then I said, it’s really a love story. But a manly love story. Anyway, he’s about two thirds of the way through it and loves it!

  2. heidenkind

    That happened to me when I moved to Europe. For some reason I was bouncing out of bed at 8 am every morning (well maybe not bouncing). I think it was the time difference.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      We don’t have window coverings on any of our windows yet, so the place gets really bright. I’m surprised I’m not getting up at 6, actually. Some days, though, I’m opening my eyes at around 7. Which is way too early for me.

      I don’t do the bouncing out of bed thing, either. I like to get out of the bed v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. :)

  3. Susan

    i have to get to 23/11/63, I’ve read all his other latest books and loved them! So I love your mini-review!

    How long are you in Toronto for? That is a lovely shot, by the way.

    And i have recently found my writing mojo after a period of only writing in spare moments, I’ve gone back to making time to writing regularly. It’s amazing how happy I am doing this each day. I hope you enjoy this down time in the big city and that it inspires you :-)

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I know exactly what you mean. Isn’t it funny how good it feels to be writing regularly? I find myself wondering why I was so resistant to making time for it on a daily basis.

      You’ll have a blast with 11/22/63 – such a good read!

  4. Care

    I grabbed 11/22/63 from a friend and really must start it right away but I’m trying to finish up the current read and I swear, its page count keep increasing. I’m still only a third way thru and I feel like I ‘ve been reading it forever. I probably should just give up and get to the King.

  5. Joy Weese Moll

    Cool! Yay for recognizing that your writing needed an adjustment. It’s so easy to get into a rut and then forget to notice that the environment changed and we need to change, too.

  6. Trish

    Gasp! Living in Toronto? So so jealous. Not sure if you knew that I lived in suburbs when I was younger (Markham) but I adore the city–too expensive to travel up from Dallas, though.

    I’ve heard SUCH good things about 11/22/63. Your “WOW” has me sold, though!


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