Ritual: Any practice or pattern of behavior regularly performed in a set manner.
We all have them, whether we know it or not.
Some are complex.
Some are simple.
Rituals are part of who we are. Part of what makes us comfortable in our own skin.
My morning rituals are probably very similar to others. My day starts by hitting the snooze button, oh, about 4 or 5 times in my attempt to wake up early to write. Eventually I stumble out of bed, hit the bathroom, start the coffee and open my laptop. It's almost always on snooze so I don't have to wait for it to boot up. I check my 4 email addresses--yes there is a reason I have so many--then grab my first mug of coffee. By this time I'm supposed to be writing but now "Comedy" is up and interrupting me with his morning ritual...a barrage of questions. Come to think of it, that's his ritual for the entire day. My typical response..."Dude, you already asked that and I already answered it." He laughs and asks again anyway.
But back to me. Okay where was I? Oh yeah, sipping my second cup of coffee and thinking about writing as I peruse Facebook and my list of preferred blogs. I'd like to leave comments on all of them but I have to be selective because I'm on a time crunch. Speaking of which, look at the time. I've got to get in the shower and get ready for work.
Another morning and I didn't get any writing done. But that's okay because I actually do my best work in the evenings after the children have gone to bed. Honestly! And I write quite a bit on the weekends. This weekend in particular rocked--writing wise. Weather wise it stunk but that's another post entirely.
Every Monday morning you can find me at Caribou Coffee writing from 8:30-11:00. I love having Monday's off. One of my favorite days of the week!
Every night after work on my way home I call Bren. Bad habit, talking on my cell and driving. I know this but I always call her. If I don't, it's really weird.
Almost every Wednesday, before work, I call my sister, Brandy. We catch up for about 10 minutes.
When I need help with my WIP in regards to something fantasy or myth related, I always call BJ or shoot her an email. She's a genius in that genre.
When I need writing advice, I always contact Beth and then we end up swapping about 10 emails a night. Sometimes we stay on topic but more often than not we get 'distracted'.
These are just a few of my rituals. The list is almost endless and I'm supposed to be working on my book so I better get back to it. Thanks for letting me ramble and now it's your turn.
What's your daily ritual? Please share!
SIS Barb writing as Elle J Rossi