Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Groupies and Frappies and Workdays

I have a groupie! A true, honest-to-God groupie. Maybe two, actually. Yay. Go me! So, my groupie was telling me: "I kinda wish you would do a little blog entry on your website that goes something like: 'A day in the life of the independent author Q. Kelly.' I've seen a few similar blogs and they are always quite interesting."

My response was something along the lines of: "Good idea, but each of my days are so different, especially when I am in publishing and cover design mode." For example, I have not had a true writing day in what seems like forever. Oh, sure, I've written here and there for an hour or two, but that's it. And it's still going to be a while before I do any pure, fresh writing, because my next project is revising and editing two short-story collections, and tracking down cover stuff. No fresh writing there, either. My schedule varies dramatically from day to day and also depends on what is going on with my freelance writing and editing gigs -- and lately, my new kid and being her chauffeur.

So, I told my groupie, no can do. My schedule's too unpredictable for a "day in the life of..." But guess what? While I was getting my daily treat today, I realized that no matter what I'm doing on a particular day, each day has some common acts.

My number one thing every day:
FRAPPY! I usually get this from Barnes and Noble (cheaper with my membership card). I always get a grande mocha nonfat, no whipped cream, please add chocolate drizzle, NOT a lite. I go soon after I wake up. WHEN I wake up varies. Could be as early as 7 a.m. or as late as 10:30 a.m. There are two Barnes and Nobles in my town. I'll go to either one. Sometimes I stay and read a book or read magazines. It just depends.

I used to work at a newspaper doing copy editing and front-page design. I generally worked from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. My routine then still included FRAPPY! I'd get maybe three hours of writing in a day.

Other things I do every day:
**Chat on Facebook and G+. Procrastinate ;-)

** Play a new game. It's called Kindle sales stock market. It's like watching election results. "Oooo! My book sold three copies in the past hour. Let's see how much it goes up in the rankings. It went into the top 10! Oooo YAY YAY YAY WOOO *Kindlegasm* " that kind of stuff ;-)  OR, "None of my books have sold in three days. I'm done. I'm so depressed. Whhhhhhhhy aren't people buying? What can I do to spur sales? Damn it, I can't accept this. I've got to do something!" ;-)

** Wish I could have a second frappy. I don't, because of the money and well, do I really need a second frappy? No. But dayum, these frappies are GOOD. So, yep, I wish for a second one every day. And, shh, don't tell me this, but sometimes I doooo get a second ;-) Last time I did was at 9 p.m., and I was up all night. Durn you, caffeine.

What I do some days:
** Exercise. Could be a greenway walk, or a hike, a neighborhood walk or Wiicise (Wii exercise). Looks like I'll be getting a gym membership soon because of a 16-year-old addition to my family, so there's that.

Well, so there ya go. A day in the life of Q. Kelly. :-D

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