Day 13 – M is for Matutinal


1. Relating to or occurring in the morning; early.
2. pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day


I’m so familiar with the word “nocturnal” meaning night-time, and yet I never even bothered to think that the opposite word might exist. Actually, that’s not true, because I know the word for daytime is “diurnal”…well, dang, I suppose that kind of wrecks this intro. Oops.

I picked this word because it pertains to my writing schedule. Yes, I am a morning writer. I do most of my best writing in the mornings. Sometimes I’m even up before the sun. “But that’s ridiculous!” you might say, as you stay up ‘til all ungodly hours of the night. “Not when you have a four-year-old.” I reply, shedding a tear for my lost night-owl ways.

Nowadays, getting to bed at 11pm is considered “late.” Don’t worry, I secretly hate it too. But the thing about children is that they don’t believe in sleep. Not at all. Sleep is an evil thing. My daughter will do everything in her power to never sleep again. She will stall for time, she will obsessively drink water, she will talk to herself in bed for hours…And I’m just sitting there thinking ‘one day, child, one day…naps will be the best thing ever. THE BEST THING EVER.’ The real kicker is that she never sleeps in, no sir. Every day, every single day, she is up by 8:30am. Which means that every day, I am up by 8:30am *loudest mommiest sigh of all time*

So thus, my morning writing habits. I quickly realized that if I were to ever get any writing done again, it had to happen while my precious babe was fast asleep. Limiting myself to early morning and naptimes. Evenings were out because my husband is only home in the evening and we need time to netflix and chill – oh wait, I’m getting a report that “netflix and chill” no longer means falling asleep drooling on the couch while netflix plays in a constant loop of random shows all night. Nevermind.

So what is your ideal time of day? Night Owl, Morning Lark, or, I don’t know, Day Eagle? Yes, let’s go with Day Eagle. Let me know in the comments!

8 thoughts on “Day 13 – M is for Matutinal

  1. I’d never heard the word “Matutinal” before reading this.

    I used to be a night owl but now prefer to get up as early as possible. I feel like I’m making more of the day this way than staying up late. It’s just the strange logic I live by.

    Thank you for sharing and good luck with the rest of the challenge.

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    1. Nope, I totally agree. I feel so much better when I get up early and get some writing/whatever done before the world wakes up. I’ve just learned to roll with it!
      Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the luck! I definitely need it!


  2. “Day Eagle” sounds so majestic!

    I’m surprised I’d never wondered what the opposite of nocturnal was. Wondering about random words is what I do best! I’m glad I know now though.

    I seem to do most of my writing in the late morning or early afternoon, somewhere between 11am and 2:00ish. But I don’t have a strict schedule so I’ll write at pretty much whatever time if I feel like it.


    1. I write in the late afternoon too, when my daughter is sleeping/playing on her tablet. Children’s tablets are wondrous things…so much quiet with just the touch of button *happy contented sigh of peacefulness*

      Ahem, anyway, yes, back to writing. If I don’t have time to right at the moment, I take notes. I have oodles of little notebooks, the fit-in-your-pocket size that are littered everywhere and filled with half-thought ideas and character quotes. Half the fun of writing is looking back at my daily notes and trying to figure out what the heck I was talking about when I wrote them!

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        1. Tried the phone notes thing, and I just can’t feel it. I like the physical pencil-on-paper feeling. Plus, my notebook doesn’t distract me with notifications, lol.
          Also, my purse is a vast abyss of assorted craps. I never know what I’m going to pull out of it, so I respect your zen purse philosophy!

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  3. Very interesting post here, Christine!
    Isn’t it funny how much your schedule can change based on life events (children, moving, health, etc.)? I had to laugh when you mentioned your daughter trying to fight off sleep. I remember those days! Naps, are definitely my thing, now. Thank goodness for those. I agree with you about finding that balance of being able to get your work done, spend time with loved ones, rest, and also find the time to do what YOU want do (your passions). Personally, I’m part of the Night Owl club! I look forward to your next post!

    P.S. Haha at the “Netflix & chill” reference!

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    1. I really miss my night owl days! Writing at night is the best, and I’m not exactly sure why. I blame moths.
      Someday I know my daughter will be old enough to love naps and I’ll get to tell her “Nope, sorry honey, you don’t have time for a nap.” and she’ll be so sad and I’ll be cackling away…And then we will both take a nap anyway, lol.
      Glad you enjoyed the article and thanks for stopping by! I really love your blog title btw, makes me thirsty!


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