According to the History Channel's website, daylight saving time was first practiced throughout a country in Germany during World War I, and it was done for the purpose of saving fuel used to provide electricity. One common belief seems to be that farmers lobbied for it in the U.S., but the History Channel says that isn't so. I'd always heard that it was done to keep school children from waiting for buses in the dark in the morning, but the History Channel doesn't say anything about that. That story must be another example of old wives spinning tales.
Could it be that maybe--just maybe--no one really knows why this madness still exists? Just pick a time and stick with it, for the sake of all of us who have embarrassed ourselves by forgetting to reset the clock and doing something stupid--like setting the dangerous precedent of showing up for work an hour early as I did one time.
So what have I been doing before the time change? Yesterday I participated in Everything "Write" in Kentucky, a teacher/writer conference at Morehead University in Morehead, Kentucky. It's a conference for English teachers that focus on teaching writing. This year the organizer decided to invite a few Kentucky writers in to showcase their books and give their input. It was a good time.
I mentioned in my last post that I was going to take a look at the Christmas novella I'd written earlier in the year, and if I still liked it, I would publish it this year. I do still like it, and The Gift: a novella is now on pre-order with a release date of November 18. It's available as an e-book at all major online book retailers for only 99 cents.
Moving on--I'm returning to the third book in my Eden series, which is way overdue. I'm approximately halfway through the first draft, but I have been for a long time. I'm going to have to reread it all just to pick up the story, but if everything goes according to plan, I'll release it early in 2018.
And since things seldom go according to plan, I'd better stop writing this and get to work on A Convenient Death. That's the title of the next Eden book, not a plan for killing someone who's in my way. In case I don't "talk" to you before then, have a great Thanksgiving and don't eat too much.