A Day In The Life Of Me, Alison G. Bailey
7 a.m.-Alarm goes off.
7:01-I hit snooze button.
8:30-I toss the covers off of me.
8:45-I sit up in bed and think about getting up.
9:00-I actually get out of bed.
9:05-I down the first Diet Pepsi of the day and maybe eat a banana. I’m not a big breakfast eater.
9:30ish-I take my two furry kids out for their morning walk. I’m referring to my dogs. I don’t have overly hairy human children.
Buster is my 15-year-old Pekingese/Lhasa mix. Since he’s the king of the castle, he goes out first. Then it’s my 3-legged yellow lab, Jack’s turn. I used to walk both dogs at the same time, but now that Buster is an old man, their speeds are vastly different.
Oh, I failed to mention that between breakfast and walking the dogs, I do get dressed. I didn’t want you to think I go out in public in my pj’s or worse, naked. The uniform for an author is some form of sweat or yoga pants and a T-shirt.
10:30ish-(By the way, my life is full of ishes.) I hop on my computer to check emails, my website, and my social media pages. I respond to whatever needs my attention at the moment. If I have a few extra minutes, I see what’s up in the book world. Then eight hours later . . . just kidding. I try to limit my time on social media to one hour in the morning. If I’m a good little writer and get my work done for the day, I will get on at night. It’s hard not to get lost in the world of Facebook and the Twitterverse on those days when the words aren’t flowing and your brain is mush.
12 noon-While doing the glamorous things around the house that authors do, like laundry, loading the dishwasher, and cleaning the bathroom, I’ll put my ear buds in and listen to the playlist for the particular book I’m working on. It gets me in the right mindset.
3:00-The magic starts. I sit down to write. I’ve tried writing earlier in the day, but for whatever reason I end up staring at the screen more often than tapping out words. I like the stillness of nighttime. I usually end my day around midnight or later depending on whether or not I’m on a roll or deadline.
Between 3 p.m. and midnight, I do take breaks. I walk the dogs a couple more times, I have dinner, might chat on the phone, but I try to stick with the daily routine. It gives me comfort not having to think what my schedule will be. There are occasions when my brain gets tired and needs a distraction. That’s when I turn on an episode of Friends that I’ve seen ten thousand times or that show on the Discovery channel, Naked and Afraid. Don’t judge me.
So, there you have it. My day in a nutshell. I know, it’s pretty exciting. (Insert sarcastic tone.) I do deviate from my regularly scheduled programing on occasion. Since I’m my own boss, I can go to lunch with my sister, mom, or friends whenever I want. And I get to attend book signings where I get to spend time with author and blogger friends and meet wonderful readers. All in all, being an author is a pretty fantastic way to spend the day.
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