My semester ended with my last two finals on Thursday last. I entered grades and submitted all my paperwork. Friday morning I was up bright and early for a doctor’s appointment followed by a visit to the used bookstore I frequent. But this week starts my summer writing schedule, though I’m breaking it a bit to post this. Given the demands on my time during the semesters, I lack much time to write other than the occasional weekend, but only if I don’t have grading to do. So I must take advantage of the eight weeks I have off before the start of the Summer 2 session when I’ll be teaching two classes. So, Dear Readers, here is how my days go, no matter if it is a weekday or a weekend. I guess it gives me a glimpse into the life of a full time writer.
0730: Wake up and build up the strength to actually get out of bed while checking my social media accounts.
0800: Up for breakfast, either Reese’s Peanut Butter cereal or Wheaties.
0815-0900: Sit on the porch and drink my coffee with my feral cat buddy Cravat Cat while planning the day’s social media posts and waiting for my morning medicine to kick in.
0900-0915: Paying attention to Anastasia so that she will let me write in peace.
0915-1100: Write. With a break around 1030 or so.
1130-1230: Break. I usually have a bit of a lie down to rest my back at this point and watch an episode of something….it varies as to what I watch.
1245-1315: Sit on the porch and enjoy a Dr. Pepper.
1315-1500: Write. If I managed to hit my 3K word a day quote in the morning, then I use this time for marketing related things for my novel.
1615-1730: Write, work on marketing items, or plan the next day’s writing.
1730-1800: My wife is home by 1730 and I sit outside on the porch and talk to her.
1800-1830: Shower, take nighttime medication, figure out what I’m going to watch on TV.
1830-1945: Lie in bed with ice packs on my back and watch TV with Anastasia.
1945-2045: Sit on front porch with my wife and listen to a baseball game on the radio.
2045-2200: Back in bed on ice packs. (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off)
2200-2245: Sit on the porch and listen to an Old Time Radio program.
2300: Lights out.
I’m usually up at least twice in the middle of the night for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour at a time. Pain and bad dreams rob me of sleep. If I manage 6 hours in a night (though the are non-consecutive hours), I feel like I’ve won the lottery.
So there you have it, Dear Readers. This is my schedule from this week through mid July when I’m back to the campus for classes.