πŸ“š A day in the life of . . . me πŸ“š

Hey there!

I hope you are having a lovely week. I recently shut down my social media accounts for a test. I was looking for ways to cut down distractions from writing.

I've found that I've filled my time with more writing and reading, finishing off three books this week (all non-fiction) and am altogether calmer and more willing to sit looking out over the fields. I also made big strides on the new Inspector Graham plot.

It made me think that I'd share a day in the life of . . . me. And follow that up with links to those of Annabelle and Roxy.

A Day in the Life of . . .

I typically get up around 5:30 – 6 a.m. No alarm. I make tea and write in my journal, before putting on my shoes and going outside for a walk. I walk around 15,000 steps a day.

I like to get in a big chunk of walking in the early morning, often before it's light, leaving the rest of the day for my work. But sometimes I'll break it up, especially if I'm deep into plotting as I am now. I like to noodle on plot points while I'm walking and often get quite brilliant ideas as I trudge around our block a couple of times several times a day before returning to my computer for another go at whatever I'm working on.

At around 9 a.m., I'll have a coffee or some eggs on toast and then work on my work-in-progress until 2:30 p.m. or so. During that time, I'll have regular breaks. Usually, every 45 minutes or so, I get up and do something not very brain-taxing – eat, fold laundry, make the bed, shower, etc.

At 3 p.m. after a break, it's time to work on non-writing activities. I might do my accounts, write this newsletter (it's 3:27 p.m. as I write this), reply to my emails, and run my sales figures. At 4 p.m. I like to work on a jigsaw. I eat a snack at 5 p.m. I'll finish up my workday activities and prepare for tomorrow, shutting down my computer at 6 p.m.

After that, I read for a bit, get ready for bed, and watch TV for an hour with my husband. I don't like to binge-watch shows and at any one time, we are usually watching three in rotation, a documentary and two dramas. I go to bed at 8 p.m.

In the mornings, I might interrupt my writing to have calls with people in the UK, or for doctor's appointments. I always prioritize my friends and family and make time for them ahead of my work. It helps that I'm an introvert and gadding about isn't my thing. Video or local in-person get-togethers are my favourite. I love the option to have video calls with my doctor. No driving, parking, or waiting around all for a few minutes visit.

I don't have a regular work week as such. I'll take time off in the middle of the week to socialize and will work at the weekends if I've nothing on. Sometimes, I'll take four days or a week off to recharge my brain's batteries. Writing has a certain flow to it and my days look different when I'm at certain points with a book. I might work 12 hours on revising a manuscript late in the process and only two hours in the intense creative stage at the beginning.

If my days sound dreadfully dull (reading this back to myself, my days seemΒ very dull to me, LOL,) there is a deliberate purpose for it. It is because I need the basic structure of my life to be regular and calmΒ so I can conjure up lots of exciting things in my head and transfer them onto the page. I don't have an office and work in the middle of a busy household so am often interrupted. That's enough drama for me. I'll leave the rest for Graham, Diana, Roxy, and Annabelle. πŸ˜‰ Click on the links below to contrast my day with Annabelle's and Roxy's.

A Day in the Life of Reverend Annabelle Dixon

A Day in the Life of Roxy Reinhardt

My favourite promotion images

These are some of the most popular images I've been using for promotions recently. (If you see them around the interwebs, please say “hi” in the comments.) My favourite is the one with Nefertiti. She looks so grand! Which is one is your favourite?

Happy reading!

Chaos in Cambridge by Alison Golden
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