The Writers’ Workshop // First entry

I really ought to sleep now. It’s 1:03 A.M. I’m tired and exhausted, and my dear Josh is snoring rather loudly besides me. He has to get up at 4:30 A.M. (and I have to drive him to base). Apparently, he has duty tomorrow and must be at the Nuclear School by 5:50 A.M. So why am I up? I don’t know. It’s because of a small thing that went wrong today and it unfortunately left me with no time to do anything but cook dinner. Earlier today, we had a miscommunication issue after work. I couldn’t get on base because I didn’t have my military I.D. and his phone died, so we both waited in separate areas on base before we realized that neither of us knew what was going on… which resulted in us both wasting time. We were unfortunately sitting and waiting for an hour. Well, I didn’t “waste” the hour. Instead, I was sitting in our car reading “Sexy” by Jhumpa Lahiri and it almost brought me to tears. But, that is another story for another day.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that… because of this military life, I feel like I never have the time to write. And that sucks.

So that is why I’m up right now. I want to write, though I will probably be exhausted all-day tomorrow.

Because I am horrible at forcing myself to write, I’ve applied to two workshop classes at the UCLA Extension School and to the viral online workshop called the Undeniables. Fortunately, one of the UCLA classes does not start for another week, and so, my schedule isn’t terribly busy yet. And, Edren informed yesterday I was accepted into the online workshop for story stories, which is awesome.

Although I am literally “overkilling” my already busy schedule, I am giving myself the “time” to write. And for that I am happy. I apologize that this entry will be brief. I plan on writing my first “session” entry tomorrow either during lunchtime or after work. I eat lunch at my desk anyways because I’m a bit anti-social.

Now, because I am waking up in about three hours, I must end this very brief update/first entry. I sincerely apologize.

And, just to give a shoutout to everyone in the Undeniables Writers’ Workshop– it’s GREAT to meet you! I look forward to reading your writing. I also look forward to you reading my writing.

Melissa R. Sipin


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