There are times when I miss being unemployed.
Don't get me wrong: my job's not horrible. I make plenty of money, my co-workers aren't bad, and my boss has made it clear she'll be borderline traumatized when I eventually give notice. ^_^ Hell, because of how long I've been there and how much I know, my former supervisor told me I wasn't allowed to quit - she said the place was a black hole and it would never let me go.
I told her I keep universes in my head, so a black hole was nothing to fear. But I digress.
What I miss about being unemployed is being able to stay up as late as I want and not have to worry about when I get out of bed the next day. Because, frantic scribbling of story notes while at work aside, I'm more creative at night.
I've been like this as far back as I can remember. Way back when I was pecking out really bad stories on a DOS computer with 3 megahertz and an amber monitor, it was always in the evening and at night, as that was the only time I could have the computer to myself. I kept at this habit all through high school and college (though thankfully I got my own computer as a high school graduation present), and it's continued to this day.
Which makes it really annoying to have to stop writing and plotting by 9:30 PM so I can get to bed and get up for work the next day.
I know I'm capable of working during the day. When I'm editing a book, I'll often do two sessions on weekends, one day and one night. If I'm at home on the weekend and I have a plot idea, I'm writing it down, no matter what time of day it is. Sometimes I get really inspired and do full plotting sessions on weekend days, even weekend mornings. Nothing quite like getting out of bed with an idea.
My writing during the day is less great, as most books I've written that I actually liked were done completely in the darker hours. But I have no trouble with editing or plotting during the day and writing at night. That sounds really damn good, actually.
I tell myself that, someday, I'll be able to go back to those days when I could stay up late and wake up around 10:00 the next day. Because in theory, someday I'll be doing this as a full-time job. I'll have deadlines, sure, but I'll still have the same number of hours in a day, I'll just spend more of them up late at night. And my (equally theoretical) agent and publisher will get used to getting e-mails from me at four in the morning their time. I do hope they're not awake to get them, because damn, keeping eccentric hours should be the job of the actual eccentric. ^_^
So, what about the rest of you? When are you the most creative, or when do you feel you do the best work? If you have a particular time, how did you figure it out? And does anyone else ever miss being unemployed because of all this?