Lightning Bugs Hang Out All Night Long

So I decided to get off drugs.

Sleep aids, actually, because I live a roguishly rough and tumble life. They haven’t been completely successful and they often leave me sluggish in the morning, requiring more drugs, morning drugs, which for me is pronounced “tea” because I live a roguishly rough and tumble life.

To reduce all of this serious narcotic behavior, I skipped the nighttime drugging, and, by way of declaring my complete victory over pharmaceuticals, woke up at 1:20 a.m.

Undeterred, I armed myself with a paperback (good idea) and an iPad (phenomenally bad idea), and an estimation that I would be up for about 20 minutes.

At 4:45 am, as I stumbled back to bed, I had learned three things:

1) reading a paperback at night gets you relaxed and sleepy;

2) following that up with a peek at the internet wakes you up, and eats hours of your life better spent asleep;

3) Lightning bugs hang out all night long.

It is going to be a long day, but at least I didn’t rely on drugs.

Except the morning tea. And I need more.

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About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via amazon.com, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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