Just how early do I have to get up to experience a quiet setting in which to write? I am the first in my family to go to bed so that I can rise at 4:45am and have a quiet hour to do what I need to do to get my book written. However, at least two mornings every week there is some kind of disruption. This morning I have a dog with a cone to keep him from licking himself while we try to heal him from mites. He is making all kinds of ape-like noises and completely destroying the peace. When he is let outside, he barks. Other mornings, people will decide, for no good reason that I can determine, that they need to get up early. They come out to the great room clanking and clattering, grunting and shuffling, while I am trying to write. This is just not fair. I am the first to retire in the evenings, wearing earplugs to avoid the noise going on in the rest of the house. I don’t complain about that; I understand that some people are night owls and it just so happens that I live with a houseful of them. But I feel entitled to my quiet solitude in the morning and I don’t take very kindly to having it interrupted.
There, I’ve had my whine for the morning. Apparently, ranting words can still come out even when the dog is acting like a chimpanzee.