One of my best and most loyal readers is a family member who also has my phone number. He read last week that I was going to swear off the news for a week to protect my blood pressure. So when I posted a bunch of (peace-related!) news items he called me and said - what happened to your promise? I thought you weren't going to read the news?
This morning he called to ask why I was up posting at midnight and then again at nine this morning. Well I have an answer for that one - The "God Bless This Mess" post was actually composed at about 8 pm on February 5. I saved with the instructions to publish later, after midnight on the 6th of February. I wanted a fresh item for Wednesday morning, and I wanted my Arab world readers to see it early in their day. (i.e around 10 a.m. Beirut time) Then I went to bed at 10 pm, and TypePad published my post while I slept.
Sometimes when a blogger posts at midnight, it's because she composed the items earlier and timed them to post while she is sleeping. If a blogger is really organized, she can compose a series of posts before her vacation and time them to publish every day in her absence. This takes planning ahead.
Comment here if you think I'm posting too much. OK I will log off now and work on my novel. 1,000 words.
I am really tickled that my relative loves me so much that he's monitoring my internet activity! Hah!
Update: Dear cousin: I wrote 1,260 words, about four pages, this afternoon on this novel. OK? And my temperature is normal. I gave my poor character a fever, to explain why she's hearing all these voices when she's back in her house in her village after the war is over. I inflicted on her some of the symptoms I had this week when I was sick with a virus. Use everything in your fiction...