I started a new short story that I’m really excited about today. My goal is for 15,000 words, but I suspect (as with most of my short stories) I’ll exceed that. I try to limit myself but the story and characters sort of take off on their own which I really do enjoy especially when I get into the ‘writing zone’. I absolutely love times like this. All is quiet, the kids are asleep, the phone is turned off, there are no possible distractions and I can allow myself to become completely sucked into my story world. At times like this, the writing is practically done on autopilot. My fingers take flight and I’m thrown into the exciting ride along with my characters who become living, breathing entities. I’m so engrossed in their stories that I don’t even know how long I’ve spent tapping ferociously at the keyboard. Some nights turn into early mornings and I might not go to sleep until 2am or 3am. Unfortunately, my children don’t allow their mommy to sleep in, so the next day I’m usually regretting my writing binge. In the end, of course, it’s worth it. I simply wish I could have more time like that. If I could freeze the hours so I don’t have to go to sleep, I could probably finish a book in a week, or at least, a short story a night.