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What Is A Day In The Life Of An Author Like?
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Well, let’s get straight to it. During the week, I work a regular job. I’m up early with the working crowd and off to the office. Miss Sue (Sadie Sue Shagbottom) goes out a couple times before I leave. And, then I proceed to miss her until I get back. At that time, it’s super and settling in from the day. That’s when my author hat goes on.
Once the computer is booted up, Sadie is walked and fed, and dinner is in the oven, I settle in to check on my social media and blog. It’s hard to do this on my phone and during my short breaks, so I’m more likely to be around for chats and the like in the evenings and on weekends.
It’s not glamorous, like many movies and shows make it out to be. I live very much the same as other people. During the week, I keep my time to work on networking, interacting with readers, and writing my blog to a couple hours. I set an alarm and that’s that. Do I obey perfectly? Absolutely I don’t. When the alarm goes off, that means get the lunch made for the next day if it’s during the week, and arrange your outfit. Fridays and the weekend, it’s time to just go brush my teeth, clean my face, get on the pj’s and put my feet up (necessary more now with the pregnancy, than ever). Miss Sue then gets a final before bed outing.
Once settled, I watch one of my shows on Netflix (something superhero, fantasy, scifi, or old school television…the list is long), and do my German Lessons. Then, it’s off to sleep.
On weekends, I “sleep in.” First thing on order is to take the pup out and get her fed. Then I make myself some cereal and watch cartoons, just as I have always done since I was little. My ritual, I guess. If it’s laundry day, I go back up to strip and make up the bed with fresh linens plus get dressed. From there, I get the laundry arranged and start the first load. Then, it’s time to check on social media, the blog, and other assignments. Sometimes I may bake something in the afternoon, or get in the garden.
You might wonder where the writing comes in. For me, and many other authors, the process of getting ideas and thinking them through is the biggest part of the process. It takes place while we go through all of our day to day tasks. If there’s research to be done or reading, it goes, for me, at the times I’m scheduled to do social media and the blog, or after the German lessons. The thing is, I fit it in. Somethings are pushed aside or cut back to make room. Remember, I’m the one who wrote the trilogy between semesters while getting my masters. By the time I get to writing it all down, I’ve mulled it over enough it’s more like taking dictation.
Ooops! There goes that alarm to boot me off line! (R2D2 bleeps from my phone.)
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Stevie Turner says
Will you still work at the office once your baby is born?
Captain Maiel says
I will have to. I’m her only support. 🙂
P.J. MacLayne says
I don’t plan out my outfits until I’m up in the morning and have decided what kind of mood I’m in!
Captain Maiel says
If i did that, I’d need at least a half hour more to get ready in the morning.