For the past seven years I’ve done nothing but write and write and write. I’ve been lucky enough to be in a position where all I have been called upon to do are household chores, supervising my offspring and writing. It’s been a good run, and I regret that I didn’t take better advantage of this privilege earlier on. Had I been writing at my current pace all along, I’d have dozens of completed novels to my credit, and possibly more sales.
Well, things are changing. Maybe they are, anyway. Over the past three weeks I’ve been interviewing (and interviewing) for a management position with a major company in my industry. The pay is surprisingly good, considering it’s not a higher-up management spot, and will do wonderful things to my family’s financial situation. The downside: I’ll be working at least forty hours a week outside the home. All of that free time for writing? Gone.
As it stands right now, I get up around six o’clock in the morning and fortify myself with caffeine and medication. Once that’s done, I see my son off at the bus stop, and then afterward say good-bye to my wife as she heads off to her day job. At this point it’s about seven-thirty and I have the whole day ahead of me.
I don’t rush into my writing. I generally put some laundry in the washer to get that started, and if it’s bill-paying day I’ll do that, too. Having completed those tasks, I sit down to hammer out my daily blog. If it’s a Tuesday or a Thursday, the blog entry is a review, or possibly two. If it’s a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, you get something more personal, like this.
Fridays are also the days I blog at Goodreads. You may have clicked over there once or twice to see what’s shaking. Why not head over to the site when you’re done reading this? My entries on Goodreads are always much shorter than the ones here, so you’re only going to spend a minute or two there. Perhaps a bit more if you decide to leave me a comment (most don’t).
With the blogging out of the way I turn my attention to various web sites. I read the news, I check Feedly for the latest in blog goodness and I stop by Amazon to see what the Daily Deal happens to be. My last stop are the social media sites, Facebook and Twitter, where I check out what people are saying and doing and occasionally toss some of own pearls of wisdom. I’ll actually tweet and read tweets throughout the day, and update Facebook, too, but I get the bulk of that done first thing.