A Day in the Life of a Writer….

The day starts at 6:00 am. The alarms actually began at 4 am, and there are many of them, but they were all ignored. 6 am wins, because that’s when the rest of the family needs coffee, and though they could make it themselves, there’s a sense of disappointment, a let down, because at 6 am, I have that one job…

At this point, there is NO point to writing until the kids are off to school. This is actually ironic, because if I could have gotten up at 4 am, I would have had two solid hours of writing actually completed. Maybe even this blog post. I really don’t know, because I was unconscious.

Is everyone out of the house? Great! NOW the day officially begins. BUT NOT WITH WRITING!!! <- Caps for emphasis. It’s Yoga time, babee!!! All writer’s do yoga, right? I guess I’ve never asked other writers, but I’m going to assume so. I used to hit the gym… a couple times a week. People are impressed by writers who lift, because frankly they expect you to die any day of a heart attack from sitting at a desk all day eating donuts. Statistically… yeah its true. We’re ticking time bombs of death. My gym is currently torn apart and split between two houses, so yoga it is. Yoga is great, because it’s also a form of meditation, gets the brain ready for all that output I’ve got planned. Bonus: You can say you exercised.

Almost ready to write… but not quite. It’s a writing day, not an editing one, so it’s time to get my Hemingway on. That means “Write Drunk”. I am sure the great writers of the past had their reasons for creating this rule. I won’t argue.

Am I drunk yet? I’ve never been a good judge. But let’s say I am. That means it’s time to write!!! Ideally, this becomes a storm of thouands of words pouring from the brain onto the screen, hour after hour, as I create nothing less than another literary masterpiece.

Unideally (IT”S A WORD, DAMMIT!!!) but still okay, maybe I end up with an updated list of great book ideas that I’ll someday write. At the very least maybe I cleaned off my desk or threw the frisbee for the dog.

After all the writing is done, after the books are published, after the liquor runs dry, it’s time for becoming the bohemian socialite. There are options here, of course. I could do a book reading! This involves walking up to random people on the street and following them through stores reading passages from your favorite work until the kind store clerk politely asks you to leave. (Hint: Security is less friendly). I am 99% sure this leads to book sales, and I would encourage all writers NOT to skip this step.

I might also drink with celebrities, late into the night. This is a neat option, that will more than likely get my books turned into scripts and finally movies. You would be surprised how many celebrities hang out in a town like Buhl, Idaho. You might think the quantity rhymes with ‘Hero’. And (shrug), maybe it does. But remember, alcohol is a factor. And maybe that guy on the bar stool is a second cousin of some director guy.

Is it late into the night yet? This is where a guy starts ignoring those 4 am alarms. And this is important… learn to judge who wants to hear about your writing, and who is just humoring you so they can lure you to a cheap hotel with promises of buying a signed copy of your book when they actually just want to cut out a kidney and sell it on the black market. Fortunately, you can only mke that mistake twice, then the joke’s on them. HA!!!

Yes, the lifestyle of a writer is glamorous. And this was just a glimpse of ONE DAY! And remember… every scar tells a story.


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Rough Year So Far

January Through March

As the title implies, it’s been a rough year. I had a busy January and February, working 6 days a week for the post office. Also got incredibly sick first part of January (last time I blogged), and still had to get up and go to work because there was no one able to cover. Try carrying the mail with a stomach flu for 8 hours a day. Oh. My. Gosh. And THEN!!!! I ended up wiping out my stomache with two hernias (really rough January and February…), had surgery on said hernias in March, spent March recovering, and jury duty in April.

May’s gonna be great.

One thing that’s changed in my life is my inability to get up early anymore. I used to get up around 4 am to get extra word count in, but lately it’s been impossible. maybe it has something to do with recovery, or the exhaustion. I’m not in the great shape I’ve been in, in the past, or maybe I’m just more exhausted. I dunno. Still trying to get back on my writing schedule regardless.

The Positive

I did manage to finish a project I started clear back when I first finished Broken Things, I think like in 2013. That’s my horror novel Crawl. To help spur me to write it, I broke the book into three chunks and released it as a serial. Maybe not the best way to release a book, but it worked. I even tied it in with The Unresting and Sharkbait, though only with little Easter Egg references. If nothing else, I have that to show for 2019 (now to work on the paperback). I also released a 5 part serial under a romance pen name during my recovery downtime, so that’s a win.

Also had a short horror story published by Z Publishing House.

Wakapa Academy, a High School here in Buhl, did a G.S. Wright quarter, which was awesome. They read Broken Things, Soul Sister, and Sharkbait, depending on the grade level. Some students read all three, and a few read almost everything I’ve written . O.o

I’ll also be the Key Note Speaker at their graduation next month.

New Challenges

No, not planning on anything horrific, I just need to get myself back into competitive writing shape and get back some of my old habits that have slipped.

  1. Let’s blog daily for a week. Because why the hell not? Let’s make this through May 7th (an extra two days).
  2. Minimum word count progress: 2k a day through May 7. Should be higher. I’m going to be gentle to start. That’s 18k by the end of a week from Tuesday.
  3. Daily yoga. Or calisthenics. Or 10+ miles of walking. Something.
  4. Music. An hour or so a day on the guitar or at the keyboard.
  5. Social Media? I’ve been away.

Today’s Writing Projects

  1. Work on a pen name romance. Complete: 12332/20000
  2. Work on my current novel project. Complete: 2750/50000