Ever wanted to know what the writer's life was like? Check out this peek into my nutty life!!
1. Sneak out of bed
My husband works late nights and early mornings, so I usually have to sneak out of bed to keep from waking him. I slip on some yoga pants or sweatpants, take my thyroid hormones, and sneak toward the bathroom.
2. Kids are up!
At least one of my kids usually hears me moving around. And BAM! There they are with their cute little face and cute little jammies asking for hugs and kisses. It's the best.
3. Mad dash to get ready for school.
From here, it's a blur. The kids get dressed, feed the dogs, pack for school, and brush their teeth while I make lunches, get ready for the gym, and make a cup of coffee. I throw my gym snacks in my bag and we head to school.
At least four days a week, I hit the gym. That means 25-30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical, 10-15 minutes of weights (to rehab my elbow), and 10-15 minutes of yoga (to help my back). Then hurry home for a shower!
At 10:00 or so, I sit down at my computer for the first time and check emails, update social media, and work on promotions. Then I *finally* get to start writing. I make a note of my starting word count and try to add one thousand new words. Sometimes this can be quick (half an hour) and sometimes it can take a while (two or three hours).
Every time I complete one thousand words, I walk a lap around my small neighborhood. It's only about 20 minutes, but it gets my blood circulating and my mind to clear. I get to breath in fresh air and walk along the harbor in the sea breeze listening to some of my favorite bands. By the time I get back, I'm ready to write again.
7. More writing!
I complete this writing-walking pattern for the rest of the day. I shoot for a minimum of two thousand words but sometimes accomplish as many as four thousand.
8. Back to Mom-mode.
At 3PM, I pick up my kids from school, throw a snack at them, and head to the park. In the winter months, New Jersey is particularly harsh so we stay indoors doing puzzles and reading books. Now that it's spring, we are super excited to go outside. The kids get to burn some energy and I read on a bench (again by the harbor, again in the sea breeze).
9. Dinner, baths, bedtime.
In the evenings, my husband and I make dinner, clean the house up a bit, give the kids baths, and read them a few books before bed. They each get to pick two books to all read together, give lots of hugs and kisses, and finally get to bed at 7PM.
10. Quiet evenings.
After the kids are in bed, I have a few hours to work on writing critiques for my critique group (a process I consider vitally important to being an author), finish reading a few chapters in my weekly read, and watch a show or two with the hubs.
I'm a stickler about getting to bed at a reasonable hour. You'll rarely find me up after 10:30PM, but usually earlier. I'm one of those people that needs crazy amounts of sleep, and I hate to be tired.
It's a busy day and a busy life, but I get to do all the things I enjoy, spend time with the people I love, and work toward my goals. I wouldn't have it any other way!