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31.3.13

A Day in the Life...

Occasionally we writers get asked what our typical day is like. While it's a safe bet that the days are always different, here's a pretty typical one:

6:30 Wake up, pack lunch, get dressed into work appropriate clothing, and head to day job.
8:10 - 10:00 Entertain and inform twenty 18-23 year-olds with YouTube clips, articles on celebrity train wrecks, local politicians, and “End of Men” theory. Sneak in critical thinking skills and composition writing information.
10:10 - 12:00 Repeat previous 2 hours, including own jokes.
12:00 - 1:20  Change out of work appropriate clothing into sweats and t-shirt. Put on headphones, jog to weight room. Lift for an hour. Get clean, change back into work appropriate clothing and head back to office.
1:20 - 2:00 Eat lunch, text with sons and husband, while responding to email while watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix.
2:00 - 3:00 Attend essential department meeting but instead of paying complete attention to key discussion points, start thinking about scene of current work-in-progress. Make some notes. Hide them.
3:00-3:15 Have lofty academic conversation in the hallway. Decide something important.
3:15 Return to office. Collect student work awaiting comment. Head home.
4:00 - 5:30 Buy any food that needs buying, pick up any dry cleaning that needs picking up, change out of work appropriate clothing, eat dinner husband cooked, fret about the mess in the kitchen, unfinished chores, and piles of laundry.
5:30-10:00 Ignore most all the dishes, chores, and laundry. Alternate between talking with sons and husband, reading student work, and writing.
10:00 - 11:30 Watch House of Cards with husband.
11:30 > Dream about next story I plan to write.

2 comments:

Barbara Elsborg said...

Do you find time to go the bathroom! LOL - Sounds like a very full day. I liked the repeating the jokes bit! And the deciding something important in the hall. We are so good at multi-tasking!

Molly Wishlade said...

Wow Isabelle! Your life is as busy as mine! You did make me laugh though - especially the bit about making secret notes in the meeting! Once you start writing, it is hard to think about much else and my current wip is constantly swirling around in my head! But I'm also hatching a cowboy ménage for the TEB sub call ;-) Just hope I can get it written soon! Well at least we can say that life is never boring!