Sometimes I have days like Jack Bauer - commercials every ten minutes, terrorists around every corner and not enough TIME! If you are a fan of 24 and have watched over the years, you will be familiar with these phrases:
"There's not enough TIME!"
"We're running out of TIME!"
"I need more TIME!"
Jack is very obsessed with TIME. I always thought they would have made a killing had they created a talking Jack doll that said various TIME related phrases each time you pulled his string. The writers must have noticed all the jokes online about it because I don't think I've heard him say anything about needing more TIME, running out of TIME or not having enough TIME in this 24 hour segment.
Okay, back from the tangent...I sometimes suffer from Jack Bauer Syndrome. Today was one of them. Run here, meet this friend there, exercise with this friend here and before I knew it, I was out of TIME. It's now midnight and I am determined to get more writing in. I did squeeze maybe a hundred words in earlier, proving that you can always find TIME (and doesn't Jack always find TIME in the end?). Even when I'm out chasing terrorists, trying to immobilize detonators and saving the country from destruction, my story is on my mind. I knew exactly where I was going tonight. I even had dialogue ready to go! I'll likely get a half hour in before bed tonight. I learned from my days in television production that everything you write after a certain time in the evening has to be scrapped the next day. Sure, you think you're being hysterically funny at 1am because you're punchy and crashing from the late night Starbucks run the P.A. went on after dinner, but in the morning when you come crawling back in and read over what was "punched up" the night before, it all ends up in the trash. So I won't be writing too late tonight because it just makes for more work in the long...which will take up too much TIME.
Tomorrow will be another Jack Bauer Syndrome day. Hair appointment first thing in the morning and thinking of doing something dramatic with my hair (red with copper highlights perhaps?) so that will take a lot of TIME! My hair dresser is fun to gossip with so I'm sure I won't think of story much while I'm in the chair or being rinsed out or even styled. I have errands to run, a dog to walk, my own exercising to do, lots of things that will take up TIME! I'm hoping for some evening writing tomorrow...I'm so close to the end. To defusing the bomb, revealing the Russians diabolical plot and saving our President. Well, not quite THAT dramatic. Much more fantastic, though. If only I had more TIME...
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