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.

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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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26 Comments on What am I up to?

  1. Mary Jo Toth
    July 14, 2015 at 11:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this post. I’m envious, sounds so much better than working in an office. 🙂

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 15, 2015 at 12:19 am (3 years ago)

      It gets a bit lonely at times, but all in all, I love it.

  2. katielowden
    July 14, 2015 at 11:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing. My two kids are human and I have to tend to them right now! 3 soon to be 4 next week and 6.
    Do you ever have dreams that turn into book ideasor get inspiration from them?

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 15, 2015 at 12:17 am (3 years ago)

      Hey Katie! Those are the fun ages. Well, at least they were when my nephew and niece were that age. Of course, I was the aunt and could always hand them back to their parents. Lol! I haven’t gotten any book ideas from my dreams, but I have gotten scene ideas.

  3. Kerry K
    July 15, 2015 at 12:10 am (3 years ago)

    That’s sounds like some of my day, I have four kids, one with fur. lol. Thanks for sharing, I don’t feel so alone now cause I’m not a big breakfast eater either.

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 15, 2015 at 12:15 am (3 years ago)

      The one constant breakfast I have is a Diet Pepsi. lol!

  4. Lourie Staib
    July 15, 2015 at 12:31 am (3 years ago)

    You made me laugh when I read about the Diet Pepsi. I’ve found a soul sister–I thought I was the only one that started every day with a Diet Pepsi. Maybe I’ll have instant breakfast when I get to work.

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 18, 2015 at 1:32 am (3 years ago)

      Since posting about Diet Pepsi, I’ve had a good amount of people admit to drinking it the first thing in the morning. We need to form a group and get T-shirts. LOL!

  5. Bonnie Hilligoss
    July 15, 2015 at 2:51 am (3 years ago)

    Wow, and I thought I was the only one who drank diet soda (coke) first thing in the AM. I also am not a breakfast eater, as I would rather sleep in the morning than eat, because I am always up way past midnight. It’s a bad habit I have. My husband checks on me if I haven’t stirred out of the bedroom by noon. (FYI, we are retired!) I love your ish-ish schedule!!

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 18, 2015 at 1:30 am (3 years ago)

      Bonnie, I think you are my long lost twin. LOL!

  6. Tanya Turner
    July 15, 2015 at 4:09 am (3 years ago)

    Parts of this made me giggle! The 3 legged friend part ( my heart sighed) and Mama made the cut today! Gah I love her! ?

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 18, 2015 at 1:29 am (3 years ago)

      My mom is an old pro now with the videos. 🙂

  7. Jackie
    July 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I love how your day goes. As a matter of fact I am jealous and wish I could wear pj’s or as you say yoga pants and tee shirt all day. I would even wear my slippers (big fuzzy leopard print) to take the dogs for a walk (grin). Great post because fans do want to know what a writer does with his or her day.

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 18, 2015 at 1:26 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Jackie! working from home definitely has its advantages. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to wear actual clothes every day. LOL!

  8. debradiaz
    July 16, 2015 at 2:25 am (3 years ago)

    Funny post, love the video!!!!

  9. Mary Preston
    July 16, 2015 at 2:58 am (3 years ago)

    Your day sounds better than mine.

  10. Jennifer Lessard
    July 17, 2015 at 12:13 am (3 years ago)

    I have 5 dogs one looks almost like your yellow Lab in the picture. My little old man is 14 years old and his age is really catching up to him. I also have a 13 year old beagle that is definitely slowing down too. Next is my 8 year old Chocolate Lab, he is just as crazy as he was as a puppy. Then comes my baby girl(only girl in the bunch) she is my 3 year old rescue Pitbull. She had a horrific life before she came to live with us and has the awful scars to prove it. But she wears her scars with pride! She is my second rescues Pittie. My baby boy, Cash we lost in Oct. 2013 to cancer and 11 days later we traveled 3 hours to bring our little Kenzi home. I couldn’t be without my dog in the house. Then last Christmas I got my fiancee a yellow Lab pup that was 10 months old. And I’m not exaggerating when I say he is the size of a Great Dane! The yellow Lab puppy and my Pittie are the only 2 in the house, but last Winter the other 3 outside dogs were in the heated garage all Winter and they are in there in the extreme heat also with the a/c on. They are definitely just like our kids.

    • Alison G. Bailey
      July 18, 2015 at 1:24 am (3 years ago)

      Wow! You have a house and yard full. LOL! They are definitely a huge part of the family. I agree with you. I couldn’t imagine not having my guys around.

  11. jjohnson09
    July 20, 2015 at 4:23 pm (3 years ago)

    A monthly giveaway is so awesome, not many authors do that. Thank you for the chance 🙂 🙂


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