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Insomnia and Blasted Muses! (Contest)
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Roberta!

I’ve been to many psychics over the years, and on several occasions, I’ve been told I have three muses—one a very old man, and the other two frisky females. I’m not sure which one woke me up at 3:15 from a great, dead sleep with the solution to my book story problem—the “who done it” and the ending.

Once up, I didn’t fight them (although I think it was just the grumpy old man). I quickly jotted down the notes in my head then sat at my desk and painted one very ugly postcard, and this one, which I love…

Over the years, I’ve decided insomnia’s not a horrible thing if I don’t fight it. Forcing myself to remain in bed and counting sheep or listening to fake rain falling on tin roofs only annoys me more. So, I take advantage of the quiet and do whatever I want. Sometimes, I actually catch myself yawning and head back to bed.  Sometimes, like this morning, I have kids to wake up for online class, so I’ll be up all day. Hopefully, I’ll be plenty tired tonight and the muses won’t be able to pry me from bed again.

So, how about you? Do you battle insomnia? Have you figured out what works for you in coping with the problem? Comment for a chance to win a free book—winner’s choice from my backlist!


13 comments to “Insomnia and Blasted Muses! (Contest)”

  1. Denise
    · January 12th, 2021 at 8:40 am · Link

    I Fortunately don’t have too many issues with sleep but if i do I typically stay in bed thinking I’ll fall back asleep and don’t. Perhaps in the future I’ll just get up and read or just enjoy the quiet and just be.

  2. Delilah
    · January 12th, 2021 at 9:10 am · Link

    Yes, staying frustrated instead of just going with the flow can drive you crazy!

  3. Roberta
    · January 12th, 2021 at 9:28 am · Link

    Yes I battle insomnia most every night! I usually read or play games and just enjoy the quiet time! James has worked nights for years and I have had to take a lot of steroids for my severe allergies and asthma so my sleep schedule is still really messed up! But like you if I don’t do something it just raises my anxiety and then I am for sure awake for hours!

  4. Colleen C.
    · January 12th, 2021 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I usually only deal with it if I am truly worried about something and my mind won’t shut off… when that happens, I try to make myself imagine a scene from a book I read and make a mini movie in my head… sometimes fall asleep then because my focus is off what has me worrying.

  5. Linda Rhoden
    · January 12th, 2021 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I fall to sleep around 1-2 am and sleep for about 5 hours ( maybe) after that I stay awake and watch tv then get up at 10 am

  6. Katherine Anderson
    · January 12th, 2021 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Not yet….. And if you figure it out let me know my insomnia nights are bad

  7. Gail Siuba
    · January 12th, 2021 at 7:02 pm · Link

    I don’t have a muse that wakes me, it’s generally my bladder! I tend to drink a lot of water and my bladder wakes me more often than not, once a night! I drink plenty of water to be sure I’m hydrated, as I tend to get leg cramps if I’m not hydrated.

  8. bn100
    · January 13th, 2021 at 12:09 am · Link


  9. Debra Guyette
    · January 13th, 2021 at 7:33 am · Link

    I do on occasion. I get up and read for a bit or play games on the computer.

  10. flchen1
    · January 13th, 2021 at 4:44 pm · Link

    I usually don’t have too many sleep issues. I tend to review dance choreography or memorized passages in my head when I do… those sadly usually work to conk me right out, LOL!

  11. Jennifer Beyer
    · January 13th, 2021 at 8:46 pm · Link

    I battle insomnia a few times a year. Usually it lasts a few days and then self corrects without me doing much. Mostly I just give myself positive thinking and permission to wander the house in the middle of the night Occasionally I resort to a middle of the night ibuprofen. I have no idea why it works but it does. I don’t want to take sleeping pills.

  12. Laura
    · January 15th, 2021 at 12:56 pm · Link

    My insomnia is not being able to fall asleep in the first place. It’s different every day. Wednesday night I fell asleep at 9 pm and woke up 10 hrs later without once having to get up to pee. It was a very nice sleep. Last night I fell asleep at round 2:30am woke up once to pee then went back to sleep. Then woke for good at 9:30 am. Other days it’s 6 am before I fall asleep naturally and I’m awake 3 or 4 hrs later.

    My sleep is disturbed by having to pee or dreaming. I do have very vivid dreams.

  13. Delilah
    · January 21st, 2021 at 10:37 am · Link

    It is heartening to know I’m not the only one who suffers through insomnia. 🙂

    The winner of the download of her choice from my huge backlist of stories is…Roberta!

    Congrats, Roberta! Please email me at and let me know which story to send you.

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