HEWN, No. 303

"We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable — but then, so did the divine right of kings" -- Ursula K. Le Guin

A tweet describing Ursula K. Le Guin’s ideal writing schedule went viral a few weeks ago (something I learned from Austin Kleon’s blog as I am trying very hard to avoid Twitter). The tweet was based on a 1988 interview with the author, and like Kleon I appreciate how this schedule is as much concerned with cooking and eating and reading and walking as it is with working at churning out words:

5:30 a.m. — wake up and lie there and think.
6:15 a.m. — get up and eat breakfast (lots).
7:15 a.m. — get to work writing, writing, writing.
Noon — lunch.
1-3 p.m. — reading, music.
3-5 p.m. — correspondence, maybe house cleaning.
5-8 p.m. — make dinner and eat it.
After 8 p.m. — I tend to be very stupid and we won't talk about this.
I go to bed at 10:00 p.m. If I’m at the beach there would be one ore two long walks on the beach in that day. This is a perfect day for me.

I’m in between cities and in between apartments right now, as we're in the middle of moving. Things are unsettled, which is not ideal (for me) for writing. So I find much solace in Le Guin’s schedule here, as I am still cooking and eating and reading and walking… and writing and pretending that, even with this upheaval, I have a decent routine of my own.

Things I read: “Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs” by Linda Kinstler. “Classroom Management: Simon Sinek, ClassDojo, and the Nostalgia Industry” by Grafton Tanner. “Betsy DeVos Is Fabricating History to Sell a Bad Education Policy” by Jack Schneider. “In the Era of Electronic Warfare, Bring Back Pigeons” by Frank Blazich. Tim Carmody’s new newsletter, “Amazon Chronicles.” “Model Metropolis” by Kevin T. Baker.

This week’s pigeon is an ice pigeon:

(Image credits)

Yours in struggle,