Early Hours

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Golden Hour.”


My days do not revolve around a clock. Instead, they are influenced by the weather.

Usually, my best time is early – 5 AM when the days are sunny and dry. That’s when my dreams are still fresh and my mind is not cluttered with “news” of people dealing with greater problems than mine.


If it has rained and then we’ve experienced a sunny day the flowers, grass, trees, and weeds are in full-swing with their pollen orgies the moment the sun shows it’s face and my eyes do not work properly before 10.

But I’m retired, so I’ve learned to cope.
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3 thoughts on “Early Hours

    • I understand how a job influences when you can write. But you may be able to use your work time to your advantage.

      I’m now 78 years old, but when I was still working my wife and I were long-haul truckers- 48 states and Canada. I was generally away from home for six weeks at a time, or 18,000 miles, whichever came first. In addition to my away-from-home job my wife and I were avid bicycle riders, squeezing in a ride when we the time was available. Also, I also wrote a monthly column for a local bicycle magazine called “Oregon Cycling” that required a length of 800 1,000 words, and photos if I had them. I always met my deadline.

      My point is I didn’t have to be at the keyboard to write. I put my ducks in line, as it were, while on the open road, rolling heel-to-the-steel. There were down times during these weeks when I didn’t have a trailer and waited in an overflow lot or a truck stop for my QualCom to assign me a trailer and a new destination. I always carried a laptop and when my article was finished I either found an Internet connection or I mailed my editor a disk.

      My job was not a brain-strainer except when I was in heavy traffic. I often found time to make notes on a pad or in your head and my story was always ready for the keyboard when the opportunity arrived. And it always did.


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