Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, afternoon edition

So, you all know me. You know my working hours: they are those of the night owl.

But apparently only when I’m writing fiction. Because I’m working on a largeish piece of nonfiction at the moment — something I’ll talk about more soon, I hope — and I’ve been happily sitting down to crank out several thousand words every day for the last several. And I do mean “day;” I’ve been known to start as early as 11 a.m. on this thing.

W. T. F.

I don’t remember if this was true when I was in grad school. I tended to have classes or teach in the afternoons, so work of any kind tended to get crammed into the evening and dead hours of the night. I know fiction doesn’t work so well during the day.

But apparently I can do nonfiction just fine.

0 Responses to “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, afternoon edition”

  1. daobear

    Makes sense, actually. When writing non-fiction, you are using your left brain more, and when writing fiction, you are using your right brain more. The left brain is associated with the sun/day/Apollo, and the right brain with moon/night/Artemis.

    If you think of it, try to notice which nostril you are breathing through more when you are writing non-fiction or fiction. If you are breathing through your left nostril, this suggests that the right brain is active (creative mode), and if you are breathing through the right nostril, this suggests that the left brain is active. In Tantra, feminine, creative, lunar energies flow through the ida nadi on the left side of the body, and masculine, discerning, solar energies flow through the pingala nadi on the right side. I suspect that the Western fear of the left (revealed in the root of the word sinister) is related to the general misogyny and gynophobia of Western culture. Once you start thinking about these things, you see them everywhere.

  2. daydreammuse

    I think your mind is trying to arrange your tasks so that they don’t collide in your schedule. Great way for it, though I wonder how you can keep up the tempo with intense mind work. I am a fan of typing like a mad monkey, but it tends to wear me down fast.

  3. ailaes


    I came to find you through reading Midnight Never Come. I thoroughly enjoyed it for a number of reasons – the time period [I have I don’t know how may books on Elizabeth I], and the subject on Fae. I am delighted to see a ‘sequel’ in the works, and look forward to it with much anticipation.

    I am also a writer, as yet unpublished, currently working on a fifth revision of a story I’ve had in my head for some eight years [and also roleplay on occasion].

    Anyway. I just wanted to comment saying I enjoy your work, and have plans to buy your other novels as soon as I have monies.

    Merry Meet,

    • Marie Brennan

      Re: Introduction

      Welcome! I’m glad you liked Midnight Never Come. Judging by that and your other interests, I at least stand a chance of making this journal equally entertaining . . .

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