I get asked a fair amount about what a day in my life looks like, and I usually pick other questions to answer. Not because I’m a super private person (in fact, I’m not) or because I don’t want to share.
Mainly it’s because my life is so boring.
It’s kind of like back when Take Your Daughter to Work Day started and a bunch of us were like “Okay, but won’t she get bored watching me type on the computer all day?” This is my day.
But this time I decided to give it a go. Let’s just see.
I sleep until I wake up. This might seem circular, but my point is that I no longer set an alarm. Since I went to writing full time a year ago, which meant no more working two careers, so hopefully less cramming in of All The Things, I decided to try finding my natural calendar. I do try to get in bed between 9 and 10 o’clock (see end of day), but when I wake up seems to depend on the season more than anything. In the summer I was waking up around 5 when the chorus of bird song started. Now that the sun doesn’t rise until about 7:20, I often sleep until about 7. I have a Fitbit that tracks sleep, and I’m fascinated that I do, as I long suspected, sleep longer in the wintertime.
Circadian rhythms for the win!
When I get up, I first feed my two Maine coon cats. We have priorities in our household.
Then I exercise – either a jog on the dirt roads through my gorgeous rural neighborhood in New Mexico or lifting free weights at home.
After that’s done (and I weigh myself *sigh*), I make myself a soy milk latte – right now with pumpkin spice coffee from Trader Joe’s, yay! – two eggs over easy, sourbread toast – right now with pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s, yay! – and get on the treadmill desk to start my day.
I start at 0.5mph, checking email, social media and often checking in with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers (SFWA) chatroom. If I owe a blog post, either to someone else or for my own site, I do it then. Every 30 minutes I change my treadmill speed, varying from 0.5 to 2.2 mph. Once blogging is done, I go offline and write or revise, depending on what I’m working on. I really don’t like if I get to that later than 10am and usually it’s substantially earlier.
I break for lunch at midday – pretty much whenever my husband has it ready – and then I write and revise until around 4pm. I tend to feel muzzy at that point. I’ll tend to business then: emails, finances, other business. Then it’s wine o’clock! Hooray!! I’ll read for an hour or two, depending on when I knock off. When my husband has dinner ready, we watch a movie together, or maybe a series we’re streaming.
Whenever we’re done, I’ll get in bed and read for a while on paper, to slow my mind down. I try to be in bed by 10, as sometimes I’ll read a while. You all know how that goes! But most of the time I’m sleepy and drop off soon after, to start again the next day!
What did I tell you? Not all that exciting. ☺
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