I got really cranked up today and completed two re-writes of articles that I had drafted some time ago. The first was the 4th draft of an article I wrote on eldercare back in February and submitted to The Atlantic Monthly only to be rejected. I hired a retired UNC English prof. to help with the editing and after significant improvements in transitions and narrative flow I’m ready to submit it again. The second one was a minor edit for a draft I did a month ago (again at 4;30 am) for an assignment for the local Metro magazine. I had to wait for some external developments to be resolved before I could complete and verify the manuscript, and that all fell into place this am with some breaking news. I just wish I could gin up this energy everyday and be more productive, but the “muse” doesn’t seem to strike that often. I guess that’s the difference between being an occasional writer and a really dedicated writer as a professional. I’m just not that passionate about it.