All for the love of bringing letter combinations to life
Daily schedule of an author working swing shift as an aircraft inspector.
- 11:00 a.m. Wake up. Check and reply to emails via smart phone.
- 11:30 am Get dressed. Check and reply to messages and notifications on Facebook.
- 11:50 am Go into kitchen; talk to significant other half. Eat breakfast. Check twitter. Reply to those who actually hold conversations. Delete spam. Schedule retweets. Finish breakfast.
- 12:45 pm Check google plus. Check and reply to blogs.
- 1:30 pm Shower, light housework
- 2:30 pm Go to work - a 10 hour shift. On breaks and lunch check for updates on social sites via smart phone.
- 2:30 am arrive back home. Talk to significant other half
- 2:45 am catch up social networking that I couldn't at work. More housework. Talk to significant other half
- 3:00 am if able, write on current story, edit current story
- 4:00 am go to bed - dream of my characters plots if I am not too tired
- And sometimes I actually get to squeeze in time at the gym when schedule permits.
- Repeat 5 - 6 days a week.
Some real conversations I have been a part of:
- comment: So, you are an author. You don't write that mushy romance junk do you?
- comment: So, you are an author. Why do you still work here?
- comment: So, you are an author. I'd like to read your book. Can you give it to me?
- comment: So, you are an author. I'm surprised you put so much effort into this.
- comment: So, you are an author. That really isn't a job, right? More like a hobby, isn't it?
- comment: So, you are an author. You should write science fiction; that's what I read.
- comment: So, you are an author. Can you tell me how to publish a book?
- comment: So, you are an author. How long did it take you to write it?
- comment: So, you are an author. I want to stay at home and play on the computer all day.
- comment: So, you are an author. I don't like sad endings. Do you have sad endings?
- comment: So, you are an author. I read one of your books and you got it totally wrong.
- comment: So, you are an author. Do you actually sell books?
- comment: So, you are an author. You co-authored one of your books, so its not really yours, is it?
Most of the time, I reply politically correct when I want to scream and say:
- You don't see the hours I spend learning new computer programs to produce the best work possible.
- You don't see the relationship I am in suffer because I am spending most of my time away from my 50 hour job to work on my second job: my writing.
- You don't see that I consider myself as a professional and work like one.
- You don't see that I forgo my health and sometimes self esteem to get that next paragraph perfect.
- You don't see that I am the most popular or friendly on Facebook because I am tired, stressed, and worried about how my characters are fairing in their situations.
- You don't see me staring out the window as my plot unfolds in front of me.
- You don't see me look at my sales and cry in despair. And then plug on.
- You don't see the depression that happens when I kill one of my characters.
- You don't see the agony when I write out a tough scene.
- You don't see the love I have when I hold the finish product in my hands.
For those who enjoy my stories, What I really would like you to know:
- My house doesn't get cleaned on a regular basis.
- I lose sleep.
- My personal relationships suffer as I hibernate to finish a story, edit a story or work with its graphics.
- I love creating stories for you to read.
- There will be more books.
- I am a professional who spends 20-30 hours a week writing, editing, and marketing on top of a 50 hour full time job in order to produce books.
- I will continue working two jobs until my writing makes me enough that I can stay home and do it full time. Then there will be even more books.
- I thank you for your continued support, and patience.
- Your support through buying my books, writing reviews, telling others, and sharing links with others is invaluable to me and is greatly appreciated.
For other Authors:
- Why don't you share your conversations you have encountered in the comments below?