As the monitor baths the darkened room in the warm glow of my monitor, I type, and the words for this blog post leap onto the textbox. Loki, our rescued ginger cat, bounds up on the desk. He walks over my keyboard and onto the black desk’s built-in shelf. The day does not start until the feline greets me in this manner.
I manage to juggle the life of an avid activist, hospitable homemaker, and a withdrawn writer. In fact, as a member of the INFJ personality group, I believe this is a perfect combination.
My day begins at four am. During this time, I check my business email and the messages that I may have gotten on my Facebook and Twitter business accounts, replying to all who contacted me. On Sundays, I will schedule my Facebook posts and Tweets for that week. This will usually take me four or five hours to do.
I make sure that my husband is awake at four forty-five. He needs to be at work at five o’clock. Shortly after rousing my husband, I brew a carafe of coffee. I tend to drink five or six cups throughout the day.
I soon sit down and begin to write my daily blog post. With blog posts, I usually skip the weekends because that is devoted to my family. My daughter has Color Guard, and the events on Saturdays this year will have us traveling at least an hour away.
After my daughter goes off to school, I will try to market the books that I currently have published. I also do any housework that needs to be done: dishes, laundry, etc.
The entire afternoon needs to be devoted to any manuscripts. The type of document that I work on is determined by the day of the week. For example, Monday is devoted to Pandemonix, Tuesday to New Blood Old Soul, and Wednesday to a manuscript that I hope to have traditionally published.
Evening rolls around too quickly for me. It will seem as if I have just open Scrivener, and now it is time to retrieve my daughter from school. We will have dinner, and I will unwind by having a glass of tea and playing a game with my husband and child.
Finally, at around midnight, I will go to sleep. If you noticed the time that I woke up, I only get about four hours sleep at night. This sleep deprivation stems from my insomnia. I wonder how many authors do have insomnia.
So, fellow readers, that is just a glimpse into my life. If you are an author, how do you spend your day? Tell me in the comments.
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