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As the years go by in 3:15-land, there are patterns that emerge, tips I learn, and preferences I should definitely write down so I remember for the next round.
I have participated in every "official" 3:15 experiment since 1993. There is no turning back.
I picked a small journal this year. Mistake. The shortness of the pages disturbed me as I was writing. I didn't like the rhythm it created, I wanted longer lines. For those who are new, having the right notebook really does make a difference.
I also stayed entirely in Vancouver, which I also don't like. Tod and I agree that something more magical happens during the experiment if one is traveling at the time.
I have been doing this so long my body receives it and recognized it each year. I set my alarm for the first few days, then after that I wake up naturally for most of the month. Like Tod, I let myself wake this way in order to ride that 1/2 dream state. The time drifts later and later as the month goes by and if I don't wake up I know it's time to set the clock again. So, yes, I admit, I'm not always writing at 3:15. The point, to me, is to write in that state and not get overly obsessed about the time.
Going to bed earlier made for better poems as well. I found that I had more dream material on those nights.