Friday, March 4, 2011

Time: Friend or Foe?


I have issues with time.

I can't control it. It ticks on faster when life throws you a happy moment; it goes so slowly when I least need it to. Time doesn't care what I'm doing. It goes along at its own pace, and I'm just a bug in it's web.

And in writing, time is all things good and bad.

I love how time gives me the distance to see my writing in a new light. It makes me a better writer.

But I find waiting so frustrating. I'm not patient, and publishing and writing aren't fast things. Even if you can write a novel in two weeks, chances are it'll take a heck of a lot longer to revise that sucker into something publishable.

Time. (*raises fist*) Grrr.

What I wouldn't do for Hermione's Time Turner! I want it!

Okay, rant over. :)

51 comments:

KatieO said...

One of my college friends always says that time travels in waves... like the ocean, some are fast and some roll along slowly. You just need to ride the time waves and go with the flow.

That said, I totally agree about the Time Turner. I want one, too!

Liza said...

I'd like that time turner too. I'd love to visit the past...just to see if it was how I remembered and to look for other details due to "hindsight."

As for time to do everything and waiting time, well, I'm with you. Grrr.

Candyland said...

OMG I'm obsessed with time. It's so frustrating!

KLo said...

Way off topic here, but I stupidly agreed to chaperone a dance for the youth community center for the town I teach in last night.

Thirty middle schoolers (you might be saying, "That's not a lot", but when there are that few, they're actually harder to entertain).

Three hours. Three hours that felt like at least eight or nine.

It was enough to make me question Einstein's Theory of Relativity ...

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I never realized what a difference distance makes until I tried it.

Yep, time comes to almost a standstill in publishing.

Jess said...

LOL- My daughter actually has a time turner necklace that her friend gave her (they're Harry P. fanatics), and there have been times that I'm tempted to sneak into her room to see if it works :)

salarsenッ said...

How appropriate for me right now?!! I despise time. You're so right; sometimes it's our friend and other times it's not. I guess I still need to learn to live one moment at a time. lol

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

ME!! I despise time most of the, well, time. This mostly stems from the war deployments and how SLOW those 15 and 13 months took. It was honestly like that scene in Inception (if you've seen that movie) where it takes two hours for the van to fall...that kind of slow. Now that he's home, time decided to whiz on by...why time, why!?

I feel like I'm always getting a lesson in patience. You'd think I would have gotten it by now ;)

Have a great one this weekend!

Matthew Rush said...

Ha! So very true. Time can be the cause and the result of the best and worst things. And it's funny in a novel, because it's even more important.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Sign me up for a Time Turner, too. Although, if I was honest with myself, I have plenty of time. I just need to stop watching so much TV. Except I do crochet while I watch, so that's not so bad. If I could figure out a way to read and crochet at the same time, part of the problem would be solved. Time. It's a bugger. ;o)

Bee said...

If you get your hands on a time turner, send it over to me first.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A teleporter would save me a lot of time. Probably use it all on sleep though.

Carol Kilgore said...

I have issues with time, too. Most days it stands across the room from me, sticks out its tongue, and runs away with a maniacal laugh.

Happy Weekend!

T C Mckee said...

If you find such an instrument, can I borrow it occasionally. I'd use it to go back and do a few things I should have done yesterday. Happy weekend.

Magan said...

Father Time is a cruel man...when you want things to speed up, he slows them down and when you want things to slow down, he speeds them up. Who gave him all this power????

mshatch said...

I just want to live forever, then I won't have to worry so much that I won't have enough time to do everything.

Christopher said...

Now that I've had my blog for over a year now I've been thinking about going back and checking out my posts just to see what was on my mind a year ago. See how much I've changed, stayed the same.

Meredith said...

Waiting until I get enough distance from the manuscript is sometimes the hardest part of this process! I definitely want Hermione's time turner!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Ah..Time is something that bugs me too.
Lydia...as you have become a dear friend, I can be generous with the Time Turner I discovered. Shall lend it to you for some time. :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Time to me the other week was havoc, I flew to the US and for the first day was confused but more confused on my return, had jet lag for days, strange how different pasrts of the world has different times,

Yvonne.

Lydia K said...
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covnitkepr1 said...

Time is something that there seems to never be enough of.

I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now (12 pages back on your follow wedgit)and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

Sarah said...

I guess I think of it more in terms of perception of time rather than time itself, and spend a lot of time working to regulate my own management and understanding of time. It's still an issue, though! I often need more hours in the day, and sleep loses out. And, I totally agree, waiting is a special kind of torture in nearly all aspects of writing and the publication process.

JEM said...

I 1,000% feel your pain (I'm pretty sure that's a percentage). I feel the exact same way about patience, especially in a world where most everything else is instantly gratified. You want a book? Download it. You want to watch a show? Hulu and Netflix. You want a new shiny bauble? Amazon. And yet, we have no way of instantly pulling a story out of our heads and laying it down on paper perfectly the first time. I need something like that.

Olga said...

I can only imagine how much patience an author needs to reach the moment when the book is released. I wish you best of luck.

Bossy Betty said...

I am a hyperactive person who likes to do everything fast. I think I have been given the urge to write by someone/something who thinks I need a little lesson in patience....

Laura Pauling said...

And time goes by quickly when we're writing or revising and then slowly when we're waiting for feedback. It's subjective like everything else!

Catherine Denton said...

What a "timely" post! I'm glad I'm not the only one frustrated with the ebb and flow of time. Triple GRRR!
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Roland D. Yeomans said...

One of my favorite sci-fi novels is THE GIRL, THE GOLD WATCH, AND EVERYTHING, detailing the comedic fiasco that ensues when a good-hearted, naive man inherits a pocket watch that can stop time for an hour's worth of the man's time.

Patience is hard, isn't it? My mother once told me, "You must be patient, little one, or become one."

I hope that bit by bit time becomes an easier companion, Roland

Krispy said...

OMG, this is such a timely (excuse the pun) post! I had a mini-stress freak out yesterday, and part of it is realizing I don't have enough TIME to do everything that I need to do. Gargh!

Bright side: at least it's Friday? Happy weekend!

Karen Peterson said...

I long to have just one chance at that Time Turner. Oh the things I could get done!

Melissa said...

Oh the things I would do for a time turner. Time is definitely my foe. Especially when I have so much to do and too little time to get it all accomplished.

Donea Lee said...

I NEED Hermione's time-turner!! Time = FOE, in my little world. I need to see what I can do to change that. :) Happy Friday to you!

Old Kitty said...

Time also frightens me!!! It's when time marches so quick (for eg: oooh x amount of months before christmas - yikes!) that I get really really scared and exclaim the old saying "Where does it all go?!?"

Take care
x

Eliza said...

Yes a time turner, a marvellous thing.

Beth said...

What you wrote about both sides of time is true. But it's so hard to be patient!

alexia said...

I'm with you! Time is so frustrating. I always have to make myself go to bed because I fight to go to sleep because there are just too many things to do in one day :)

Patti Lacy said...

Yep, we were zooming along, and my hubby had life-threatening clots a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks to God's blessed peace, we have sailed along, enjoying this down time, watching films, praying, loving.

So...in just a month, i've been in a tumultuous relationship with the lady time. But we are learning to get along:)

Blessings, dear one.
patti

Hema P. said...

I totally hear you, Lydia! I'm very impatient too when it comes to finishing a project, tying a red bow on it, and crossing it off my list. But, that's not happening with writing... sigh! I'm slowly learning to be more patient and get used to the pace of this industry...

Theresa Milstein said...

I so relate to this post. I want Hermoine's Time Turner too!

Maybe this quote will make you feel better:

“The main thing is to WRITE. Some days it might be 2000 words. Some days you might tinker with two sentences until you get them just right. Both days belong in the writing life. Some days you may watch a ‘Doctor Who’ marathon or become immersed in a book that is so good you can’t stop reading. Some days you may be in love or in mourning. Those days belong in the writing life, too. Live them without guilt.” LK Madigan

Ghenet said...

Ooo a time turner. Yes please! I wish I had more time for everything, especially writing. But I agree with you about distance. It's important to step away from your work so when you get back to it, you have a fresh perspective.

Toyin O. said...

I can totally relate, I have no patience for waiting either, but God always gives me grace:)

Ciara said...

Oh, I'd love that! I sent in two full requests and can't stand the wait anymore. It is so unfair. :)

lbdiamond said...

I hear ya! I wish I was so much farther along than I am...but I'm much farther than I was two years ago.

*hugs*

Jai Joshi said...

"Time is an illusion, and so is death." - quote from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I love this quote. It makes me smile every time I think of it.

Jai

Munk said...

I write best when I have no deadline.

Medeia Sharif said...

Sometimes I hate being behind and other times I really like it, because I have more time to reflect on my work.

Emily said...

I want Hermione's Time Turner too! If only there was such a thing...the mystery is how to get everything done in one day that I need to do. That rarely happens.

Carol Riggs said...

Absolutely--can I have a go at the Time Turner when you all are done with it? There simply aren't enough hours in the day...esp for blogging, sigh. Maybe I need a blogging robot, who is programmed to say Carol-like things. ;o)

Alison Miller said...

Me too. Many days I wish time would just stand still. Other days - I wish I could hit the fast forward button.

foldingfields said...

yup. exactly. Does it help to know that you're not alone? It makes me feel better. :)

 
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