It’s said that during this month, people start behaving oddly. Well, no wonder. Here in California, everyone’s a bit nuts because we’ve lost an hour of sleep, and it takes a while to adjust. I’m used to writing early in the morning, so it takes almost all of March to get used to writing in the dark. Even the dogs are off schedule, needing their walk or their dinner at the usual time, but having to wait an extra hour just because…
Just because why?
Because it saves energy. That’s the justification. The idea came from New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson (1895) and British builder William Willett (1905). I think we’re lucky that neither of their proposed form of DST was adopted. Hudson wanted the clocks to go forward two hours! If we thought losing one hour was bad, think of two hours.
Willett had a more complicated suggestion. He wanted us to set the clocks ahead twenty minutes each Sunday in April, then back in the same fashion in September.
I don’t know about anyone else, but with this system, I’d never be on time to anything.
What’s your take on DST? Love it? Hate it? Could care less?
So what’s coming up that’s of interest to writers?
The WEP in April has a great theme: “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” Entries start April 20. If you’re interested, here’s the LINK to the details.
If you missed the March 14 post about Where to Begin Your Marketing Research by L. Diane Wolfe, you can read it now. It has a lot of solid information for writers.
Quote of the Week: “I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I’ve saved all year.” — Victor Borge (It seems history does repeat!)