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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Are You a Morning Person?

Good morning, everyone, and Happy Anniversary to Whipped Cream. With a cherry on top. For this blogfest, it’s all about the comments, so I’m going to make my first post an easy one.

Are you a morning person?

Answer in the comments and you’ll be entered to win all those amazing prizes!

As for me, for many years I thought I was a morning person because I got up at five a.m. every day. I had to for work and after a while I got used to it. I even came to like it. It’s quiet at that hour and it smells fresh, even where I lived in Los Angeles. That’s when people’s sprinklers start going off and you hear the thump of newspapers being delivered.

Then I left that job, moved to Alaska, and no longer had to get up at any particular time. And guess what? I quickly reverted to my natural state of non-morning person. I wake up at seven, eight, nine, even ten if it’s winter and still dark. And I love it! It’s such a luxury after all those years of setting alarms and pushing snooze buttons. To make matters worse, Alaska is four hours behind East Coast time, so by the time I get moving, many people’s days are half over!

So this morning I dragged myself out of bed on a Sunday morning to write up this post and check out the Blogfest. Any tips on waking up early? In a functional state?


Juniper Bell

My current release is Restraining the Receptionist. Here’s the blurb and a link to an excerpt.

Every deal has a loophole.

…the Receptionist, Book 2

Dana Arthur’s new job with the firm of Cowell & Dirk is going well. Translation: the occasionally kinky ménage with her two bosses, Ethan and Simon, has been several months of politically incorrect bliss.

Except the relationship feels unbalanced. While Ethan is the undisputed master, the partners’ iron-clad agreement stipulates that Simon must be present as she performs her “duties”. And she senses there’s a subtle, powerful tug-of-war developing for more than just her body.

Simon had agreed to share the firm’s fiery, sensually daring receptionist…to a point. With Simon out of town, Ethan plans a feast of erotic temptations designed to have Dana begging him to break the deal. He didn’t realize his heart would be a casualty.

Once she surrenders to his wicked demands, Dana realizes there’s no going back. It’s time for a three-way renegotiation…this time, all or nothing.

Product Warnings
NSFW!! Do Not Try This at Your Job. Contains highly inappropriate workplace behavior including m/f/m, m/m, bondage, creative use of office space and a high-stakes trip to Atlantic City.


Chris R said...

I am definitely a morning person. When I get up in the morning, I accomplish the more in one hour then I will in two during the normal business hours. As soon as it is dark, I am ready for bed. Just like a bird, cover my cage and I am asleep.LOL The best way to wake up early is to get enough sleep the night before and start the day with a good attitude.

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Juniper Bell said...

Great advice, Chris! I suspect I never get quite enough sleep. Maybe I should try sleeping in a cage with a blanket over it, LOL. Birds don't know how lucky they are!

Sherry said...

Oh God no I'm not a morning person. I think it should be illegal to be up before 10. Where I work we do 6 weeks of days then 6 weeks of nights when I'm on days I warn people not to even talk to me until around 10 if they want a half way nice answer.

sstrode at scrtc dot com

Anonymous said...

I grew up on a farm so I've been trained to get up early and go to bed early. I'm never thrilled to get up early but I can't stop myself from doing it.

User1123 AT comcast DOT net

bw said...

I set my alarm to get up early, even on the weekend! My body feels so much better and my brain wakes up right away in the morning! The downside of that is that come 9 o'clock or 10 at the latest, I am cooked!
ps- I loved "Restraining The Receptionist!"

Juniper Bell said...

Hey Sherry! Wow, that schedule would make me CRAZY! As soon as you get used to days, you switch to nights. You have my utmost sympathy!

Stacie - At least you can blame it on the roosters! LOL. I can't imagine sleeping late on a farm ... there's always so much to do!

Juniper Bell said...

Hi Beth - I'm so psyched you enjoyed Restraining the Receptionist!! I'm about to start writing the next one, so you've given my extra inspiration. Not enough to set an alarm on a weekend though, LOL. You make a good point though ... I think it's better for your body to go to sleep earlier and wake up early. I'll work on it!

Robin said...

I like starting work early because I get a lot done before everyone else arrives! But I prefer to be able to sleep until around 9am then get up slowly! Your excerpt looks good!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Na said...

I am nocturnal morning person meaning even if I lose hours of sleep due to a wonderful book I can still wake up chirpy. No coffee needed. There are some mornings when I don't want to wake up but usually I'm up and about. I like the quiet of the morning before the hecticness starts.

Juniper Bell said...

Thanks Robin! I agree with you ... at my house I always wake up first and I love that time to myself. I write or read or just drink tea. If necessary, I can be very productive then!

Na - You are so lucky, I'm trying not to hate you right now, LOL. Actually, I wish some of your morning chirpiness would rub off on my family members. They probably wish the same for me!

Cathy M said...

I am really like that time of night when everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet.

Congrats on your latest release, Juniper, I really like this series.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Gabrielle Lee said...

So not a morning person. I love the night. Love your current release.


shiderly77 said...

Not a morning person... Not a night person... More of an afternoon person... lol