Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Day in the Life

I'm sure there are friends, family, and even fellow writers who wonder what the heck writers do all day. So I decided to give you a brief glimpse into the life of a writer. This was my day yesterday...

8:30am: I finally stumble out of bed. After waking up at 4am to take Gertie out to do her business and get her settled again, I was too tired to wake up to my 7:30am alarm. 

Miss Gertie decided she needed some extra beauty sleep as well. 

I normally teach at the college Wednesday afternoons, so it's not a full writing day for me, but the night before, I had begun to feel a bit sick and it hadn't cleared up by this morning, so I emailed my students to let them know class was canceled for today (I'm sure they were pleased). 

Most mornings I start my day be going over emails and other social media sites before I get down to "real" work. 

9:53am: Emailed Ina, a fabulous book blogger in Serbia, to let her know to expect some print books soon to follow up on my interview! She interviewed me last week on her blog (don't worry, it's in English). You can check it out here

10:05am: Sent a congratulatory email to fellow Spellbound Scribes writer (I'm not going to say which author, as it's still 'hush, hush') who just signed with an agent! Yay!!

10:40am: I emailed the lovely Danny at Kismet Book Touring to give her some quotes and excerpts of the Travelers Series for my upcoming blitz tour at the end of the month. 

10:45am: Did some non-writerly related stuff and emailed a t-shirt vendor about a design proof I approved for my sorority where I volunteer as an college/chapter advisor and serve as an officer for our alumnae association. 

Isn't this a cute t-shirt design? I guess I'm still stuck in my 20's, which is probably why I write YA. 

Sometime after I look over my emails I decide to work with Miss Gertie in the backyard with some lead training. 

11:30am - 12:30pm: I decide have to do what normal people do and take a shower and get ready for the rest of the day. 

12:30pm: Get some print books ready to sign to take over to my old office! 

1:00pm: I begin writing this post while I wait for my laptop to fully charge (going to SBUX to write later) and eat some lunch.

The hubby made his famous gumbo last night (he used to be a chef in Louisiana, so he knows his gumbo)! I had mine without rice, as I'm trying to cut down on carbs... I'm hoping the spices will clear my sinuses up! 

1:45pm: Made my way over to my old office (where I worked last summer when I wasn't teaching) and dropped off a few signed books. It's great to have such great support from friends! 

2:50pm: I'm now at Starbucks... and so glad I stopped by to write here today! The manager gave me a HUGE bag of "expired" espresso pods! When you work primarily from home, it's cheaper to make espresso drinks at home, and when she asked if I'd be interested in their expired/retired (they'll no longer be carrying them in stores), I jumped at the chance! Thank you Beth!!

I didn't count how many boxes of espresso pods until I got home. Turned out to be 15! Now I have to figure out where to store them all! 

4:40pm: Finally left SBUX with a word count of 801 for my new series. Not my best, considering I was there for almost 2 hours, but I'm happy with what I accomplished.

4:45pm: Decided I wasn't ready to go home just yet, so I went next door to visit my favorite independent used bookstore, McKay Used Books! Their YA section is seriously lacking, but I walked away with 4 books for under $5!

5:25pm: Made my way back home and decided to go back and finish working on my taxes. Just a few more forms and I can file! So far, I don't owe anything, but my refund looks pretty pathetic compared to previous years. Damn book sales! Just kidding... please keep me self-employed!

6:00pm: Finishing up this post so I can go back to get some more writing done before our friend Jason comes over at 8pm.

8:30pm: Managed to get another 400 words written for my WIP. Then hubby's co-worker, pastry chef Jason Reaves, came over for some leftover gumbo.

Our friend Jason (blonde guy) with his Food Network LEGO Cakes Challenge winning cake! 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel, if you're reading this, I'm sure you'll appreciate this photo! 
(Photo image: Food Network)

10:15pm: Checked emails one last time and watched all the shows we DVR'd while our friend was over.

I know, I know... it sounds like I have a fabulous life, but I don't. Most days, I'm stuck in my chair, still wearing p.j.'s until the hubby comes home (where I manage to get dressed right before he walks through the door so it looks like I actually care about my appearance), which I think is going to be one of those days today. 


  1. All that sounds about right! Ha! OMG, now I know who to call to make the boy's LEGO b-day cake next year. :) Hook a sorry baker up!

    1. Totally thought of you. He's so booked he doesn't even bring deserts when he comes over! I told Jason last night I was adding the pic to make me look more interesting :) LOL


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