Sunday morning

I meant to be up at 7:30 but I didn’t get up until 8:30, thanks to a case of insomnia last night that kept me from falling asleep until sometime after 3 AM. Nevertheless, I got up and started right in on some chores, vacuuming, sweeping, running some laundry, cleaning the bathroom, usual stuff for a Sunday morning.

I started The Best Time-Travel Stories of All-Time edited by Barry N. Malzberg this morning. I’ll read that until my Amazon books arrive.

Part of what kept me up last night is that I think I finally worked out what has been preventing me from writing a story that I’ve been wanting to write for more than a year now. I’ve made at least a dozen false starts on the story, but last night, it occurred to me to turn the time-line of the story on it’s head and I think now it will work much better that way. It was Damon Knight’s book, Creating Short Fiction, that helped untangle this knot. I finished the book yesterday and it was great; I’d recommend it to any one who wants to write. He really helps you to see the structure of a story and when you can see the structure, you can see what’s wrong with it.

I’ve got an Orioles game early this afternoon. They’re playing the Twins.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.