DEBORAH CROMBIE: I am an OWL. I have been an owl my entire life, even as a baby. And over the years I've developed a considerable resentment for those very annoying people (some of them my best friends) who are LARKS.
There's always been something so puritanically virtuous about morning people. The early bird gets the worm and all that. Writers who get up at four in the morning to get their pages in are universally admired for their dedication. Writers who STAY up until four in the morning to get their pages done are just weird.
Of course, the whole issue of how and when we sleep is much more complicated than that. It's affected by light/dark cycles and societal attitudes, among many other things. Sleep deprivation is glorified in much of modern culture, although it costs billions of dollars in work loss and health problems.
Maybe my ancestors were Mediterranean rather than northern European stock. And maybe it's a good thing I'm a writer and not a milkman (or woman) and I get to indulge myself on a fairly regular basis--except when I'm on book tour....
And now, as it's 11:24 pm, I'm going back to work for a bit. I've just figured out a problem with a scene that's been nagging me all day.
What about you, REDS and readers, are you OWLS or LARKS, and do you find one more virtuous than the other?