Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice


It’s amazing how a lack of sleep can feel like a hangover.

Last night was One of Those Nights. You know how it is–you go to bed at a reasonable hour, maybe read for a little bit, talk to the spouse, and then you drift and float off to dreamland.

And then you wake up. You don’t know why you wake up, but you do. Maybe your spouse moved or there was a noise outside, or the dog jumped off the bed and started digging at the carpet in the corner of the room, but you wake up. And now you’re awake.

An hour later you’re still awake, but now your brain, which was in shutdown mode, is firing like you’ve downed a double cappuccino and washed it down with a bottle of Jolt Cola (a college roommate of mine used to drink that stuff. The label proclaimed, “All the sugar, and TWICE the caffeine!”). And then the dog starts in again, because there was a flash of lightning out the window and a rumble of thunder, and the dog has become totally neurotic when it comes to storms.

So now it’s three AM and you drag the dog downstairs and surf the net and wash the leftover dishes, and surf around the TV for a while and the next thing you know, it’s closing in on 4:30 and you have to get up in an hour-and-a-half. The good thing is by now the storm has blown over and things are calm and the dog has settled down, and you can get a little sleep, at least. But when the alarm wakes up, it’s like being hungover without the upset stomach (or the headache, or the shakes, but other than that, it’s JUST like having a hangover) and your day feels shot before it’s even started.

On the other hand, it’s sunny today, and the rain has left things looking and smelling clean, and there’s a refreshing, spring-like feel to the day. So, that’s good. It will be a good day.


Thanks to Lisa L. Regan for the Inspiring Blog Award, and to Patrick Stahl for The Fabulous Blog Ribbon. I’ve always been kind of spotty with regards to awards, so I apologize for not passing them on or completing the assorted tasks associated with them. I do appreciate them, though.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

5 Responses

  1. Congratulations on the awards! And I finally made it over to look at your newer query earlier this week–I'd missed your first post on it. I like the story idea–good luck!

  2. I hate nights like that! It's so frustrating to not be able to sleep when you really need it. Hope you find time for a little snooze today! 🙂

  3. I have those nights. Makes me nuts when my grown son (please tell me he'll set the wedding date soon), who happens to be a night owl, starts prowling around in the kitchen and wakes me up. Ugh, indeed.

    At least you've had rain to clear your air. We've just had fires (another son in the next valley is still evacuated), and the air is dismal. Enjoy your day.

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