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Apr 10, 2019 07:40:33

In search of Groundhog Day (part 5)

by @rosieodsey PATRON | 421 words | 10πŸ”₯ | 221πŸ’Œ

Rosie Odsey

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I have this fantasy of a week where I live the same day over and over. An ideal day.

I unpack my bag. I shower and dress. I make or reheat food.

I eat at the dining room table. It's delicious. I know because I'm savouring it.

I enjoy some gloriously unplanned time. I read or research or spend time with David.

Before 9pm, I start my good night ritual: I fill out my logs, clear the desk, pack for tomorrow, set out tomorrow's outfit, and journal.

I brush my teeth and floss. I change for bed.

I have time so I read in bed until David joins me.

One of us reads to the other until 10pm.

The lights go out.


This series was inspired by something Neil Gaiman said in an interview with Tim Ferriss:

Part of what I discovered, particularly about being a novelist, is writing a novel works best if you can do the same day over and over again. The closer you can come to Groundhog Day, you just repeat that day. You set up a day that works for yourself. The last novel that I actually wrote, I was at Tori Amos’ wonderful house in Florida. She has this lovely house on the water that she’s lent me many times to go and write in. I went down there and I would get up in the morning, I would go for a jog, come back, do my yoga, get dressed and get in the car, drive down to a little cafΓ© where there were just enough people around that I knew that other people existed, but nobody that I would ever be tempted to talk to, and I would order myself a large cup of green tea, sit in a corner, and just start writing.

I would do that day over and over and over and over. A couple of months later looked up and I had 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane', which was only meant to have been a short story anyway, it just kept going. That, I think, works really, really well.

(emphasis added)

There was also something that Laura Vanderkam said on a Before Breakfast episode: there is no such thing as a typical day.

This series was me writing about my ideal day. The day that works for me.

I think of it as a concept day. Now that I know what it looks like, I might actually make a day that looks something like it.

And another.

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    I remember hearing Tim say this. If Tim's purpose in repeating an ideal day is to write a book, what is your purpose?

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Apr 10, 2019 15:32:25
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      @abrahamKim It was actually Neil that said it. He used the example of when he needs to write a book. For me, I've just abstracted that out for my "usual": the day in day out ordinary work that I have chosen for myself. I have set up a day that works for me. One that I would gladly repeat ad infinitum.

      Rosie Odsey avatar Rosie Odsey | Apr 11, 2019 14:11:13
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      @rosieodsey Whoops. I totally just filled it in as Tim Ferris said it because it's his podcast. Thanks for correcting me lol.

      So if Neil seeks out the ideal day that leads to writing a book, are you in search of a day that results in you having a life well-lived without any concrete purpose such as Neil and his book?

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Apr 11, 2019 13:56:27
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