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A Day in the Life (of an author preparing for book launch)

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Jodi Meadows

The great thing about a day in the life of an author — or most anyone who works in publishing — is that every day is so different, even when the job is “writer” or “editor” or “publicist.”

On Monday, I kept track of everything I did from midnight to midnight. (Since I was up for both of them.) My day was actually really light compared to a lot of authors, since my email inbox is almost always in a state of Dealt With. (Except that one thing, which I still haven’t done.) Which means my day has a lot of fun and slacking off, even though I have a book coming out in a few weeks. (More on that in a bit.)

12am — Watch Vampire Diaries (season 1, if you must know) with sick husband. Spin yarn.
1:15am — Discuss Doctor Who with Kathleen Peacock and put ferrets to bed.
1:45am — Read (MILA 2.0 ARC!).
2:30am — Sleep.
9:30am — Drag self out of bed and hunt down coffee. Check emails. Poke around on Twitter.
9:52am — IM with Agent Lauren about Writing Stuff.
10am — Write a list of things to pack for launch tour in three weeks
10:07am — RELEASE THE FERRETS!!! (Ferrets sleepily stagger out of their cage.)
10:17am — Rescue a ferret from the box he got trapped inside.
10:20am — Discuss kissing movies with Myra McEntire.
10:28am — Edit notes from Agent on Sparkle Story! And Boston Asunder party plans!
11am — Taunt the people of Twitter with an Asunder teaser.
11:18am — Email about a school visit.
11:19am — Reread Sparkle Story notes.
11:35am — Watch a ferret take care of a Very Serious Itch. Wonder how he can move his legs that fast.
11:40am — Decide to risk a shower. Have 56.7 new story ideas. Change out of pajamas into different pajamas.
12pm — EVERYTHING PAUSES FOR THE NEXT EPISODE OF LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES OMCCCC.
12:09pm — Discuss Lizzie Bennet Diaries with Twitter friends. Gasp. Snort. Laugh!
12:25pm — Back to thinking about revisions.
12:41pm — Remember to eat lunch and hang out with husband.
12:42pm — Email agent instead.
1:03pm — Actually get around to eating lunch and hanging out with husband. (Poor neglected husband.)
1:55pm — Start revising Sparkle Story according to agent’s notes.
2:24pm — Emails with publicist about an event in NYC.
2:30pm — Back to revising.
2:38pm — Agree to a random request to dance on video.
2:39pm — Do the dance thing. With ferrets. You can see it here.
3:36pm — Back to revising.
4:07pm — Clean up after ferrets.
4:08pm — Back to revising.
4:29pm — Realize the socks I’m knitting each have a different number of stitches and neither number is the correct number. (I’m totally revising.)
4:30pm — Rip out both socks. Tell myself I can start them again when I’ve made edits to chapter four.
4:32pm — Back to revising.
4:37pm — Email asking for book donations.
5:03pm — Email about event plans in Albany.
5:04pm — Back to revisions.
5:46pm — Put away ginormo box of ASUNDER hardcovers that has been sitting in the living room for 3 days.
5:47pm — Dinner and lots of TV with husband.
9:58pm — More emails about events and school visits.
12am — Still watching TV with sick husband, with socks halfway reknitted.

Yes, I’m a little (a lot) embarrassed by how much TV I watched the other day, buuuut my husband is sick and I’ll be leaving in a few weeks for several ASUNDER launch events, so surely he deserves the pleasure of my company, right? (Also, I got to knit the socks even though I wasn’t finished with chapter four.)

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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.
*A Kippy is a cat.

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142 Comments

  1. Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    This is a really lovely post!!

    Especially the parts about the ferrets;)

    I’m glad all you famous authors are as scattered during the day as the rest of us;)) And you don’t want too much TV – I beat you!!

  2. Yuanting
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure how I actually imagine an author’s day to be like since I would think it has radically changed from say, 10 years ago. Now, a day in many authors’ lives include networking through social media instead of the traditional “back end” work of just writing and conversing with the people in publishing? (<–Boring answer, I know. But you can skip that paragraph because…)

    AGREE WITH YOUR 12PM NOTE AHHHHH THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IT'S THURSDAY ALREADY!??!?!?!

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I imagine it *has* changed a lot in the last ten years! And it’s probably much different for even different genres/categories. I bet a lot of adult writers don’t play around on Twitter as much as YA and MG authors do, for example. (Where playing = “networking” but really is playing.)

      ONE MORE DAY UNTIL MORE LIZZIE BENNET OMC. Being a fan of this thing is so emotional.

  3. Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    random dancing with ferrets is super cute! good luck with the book launch!!

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Haha, thanks. I was all, “You want me to do what? OKAY DONE. Thanks for the weird request to spice up my Day in the Life.”

  4. Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I never actually thought of a day in the life of an Author, besides staring angrilly at a blank page on a computer screen, then drinking coffee… then, suddenly, the eyes widen and fingers flahs to the keys and then BAM! half a page. lol.

    Releasing Ferretts does sound like a lot of fun though :P

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Oh the angry staring and coffee-guzzling are definitely important parts of being an author.

  5. Katelyn
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    This glimpse into Jodi’s life definitely made me giggle. And it’s nice to know even published authors get distracted when attempting to buckle down on their work. :)

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes, it’s easy to get distracted when–

      OH HEY, A FERRET!!!

  6. Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I’ve thought a lot about what a typical day in the life of an author would be like. I imagine a lot of internet browsing and kicking yourself for said internet browsing and time spent on twitter even though I know there’s definitely good things that can come out of having a presence on twitter, etc. Lately I’ve been working only a part time job and for the past two days I’ve come home, watched an episode of the Vampire Diaires (I was behind on the last few episodes of this season. ;p) and then settle in to write. That included browsing pinterest for a bit and finding some inspiring pictures, getting the right music and finally getting my hands on the keyboard and writing. Which has proved to be a good system. Because I wrote nearly 12,000 words yesterday. I am SO happy with that. So maybe I’m figuring out what it’s like to write for a living. At least a little. And I’m LOVING it.

    Thanks for the post!

    Mer
    <3

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Twitter and internet-browsing are important! But yes, too much of a good thing and whatnot = trouble.

      Wow, congratulations on the wordage yesterday! That’s really impressive!

  7. Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Wonderful, hilarious, awesome post! I want to spend a day with you and your ferrets! :) All the best with the launch (and the sick husband, of course.)

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome to come spend the day with the ferrets and me. The ferrets loooove visitors.

  8. Rebecca
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I didn’t realize ferret dancing was part of an author’s job :) Good luck with the revisions!

  9. Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I had no idea that at some point in an author’s career one would be asked to dance. And that it would include ferrets. Obviously I’m hanging around with the wrong writers!

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

      I had no clue, either! As far as I can tell, this is what happens when a) you have weird friends, and b) you’re perceived as generally agreeable and silly.

  10. Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I have this crazy notion that being a full time writer means awesome time management *snort* For some reason being able to schedule a dentist appointment at a normal time or meet a friend for a spur of the moment lunch date sounds FANTASTIC. But lets be honest, I’ll most likely become agoraphobic and the only daily in-person interaction I’ll have is with my dogs :)

    I would LOVE to get a copy of Asunder :D *resists urge to fall to knees and beg*

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      LOL! Yes, well, I have learned a little about time management. But not as much as I should for days that don’t have clear goals. When I’m given a deadline, NOTHING CAN STOP ME. I love deadlines. They bring out the crazy obsessive in me.

  11. Posted January 9, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Loved to see you dancing with the ferrets! Yowsa!

  12. Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I always imagined there’s lots of writing involved but also lots of procrastinating (because I am a horrible procrastinator and like to project that onto other people) Plus how could you resist interacting with your wonderful readers ;)

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes, lots of writing! If I were working on a first draft right now, the post would have been very different. But right now I’m actually *waiting* on a lot of things. (One of those things was the note from my agent on Sparkle Story.)

      Interacting with readers is one of the best parts of my day. Seriously, I’m so lucky that people want to read my books and talk to me. :D

  13. Vivien
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    A constant battle to stay productive. I would get UTTERLY distracted ALL day long.

  14. Carl
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I thought an author’s day might be a little less hectic than Jodi’s apparently is. She seems happy though, for a crazy person.

  15. Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    You totally cracked me up with your list of things that you get up to in a typical day for you… But it’s surprisingly similar to what I imagine an author’s day to be like! To me, I’d wake up, grab some coffee, lurk on Twitter for a while, then write a bit, before lunch, hanging out with friends, dinner, reading and watching TV shows, perhaps a bit more writing, then to bed!

  16. Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I feel like lots of authors days include various methods of procrastination when it comes to write/edit. You set up you perfect environment in which to get lots of work done with your perfect music on, the right lighting, a comfortable but not too comfortable chair, a steaming mug of tea at your side and then you decide to check just one email before you begin. You have to stay on top of things right? Fast forward several hours later and you’ve been sucked down the rabbit hole of the internet and find yourself laughing maniacally at grumpy cat memes.

    • Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      You’re not wrong about procrastination! Authors are masters at finding something else to do. Any work but the work you’re supposed to be doing! (For example, I just got a few more edit notes from my agent, so I decided I’d rather answer comments here.)

  17. Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Pajamas, writing, revisions, e-mails, Internet.

  18. Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I think I need to watch more TV. LOL.
    Seriously, it’s a good way to step away fromt he computer and not end up staring….and some Twitter, then more staring… o.o
    Also, someday I would love to be there to witness the “Release the Ferrets!” moment. ;)

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, it is definitely important to get away from the computer screen sometimes. Too much is not good for you!

  19. Valeria Andrea
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Umm, coffee, coffee, coffee, couple of hours of staring at wall for inspiration, candies, inspiration on the internet, coffee, coffee (well, I just love coffee, don’t I), actuall writing & lots of fun at Wonderland.

  20. Jennifer
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I guess it would depend on family (if author had little kids). I would expect internet stuff. Phone stuff. And lots of writing.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Ahh, yes, no kids here, but sometimes my niece comes to visit and I get to play with her. My day would definitely be a lot different (and a lot less leisurely) if I had kids!

  21. Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Your husband definitely deserves the pleasure of your company. In a few weeks it’ll be just him and the ferrets and then what will he do?

    Excellent ferret dancing.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      He’ll be so sad without me! Yes, he definitely deserves to see me a little before I go.

  22. Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    You know, after interacting with many of you authors, I have come to imagine your days quite like this one! Lol! You are all a lot of fun and hilarious to follow on twitter! And the fact that you dedicate time in your day to watch Vampire Diaries earns you extra points! =)

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      Haha. We are pretty amazing, aren’t we? ;)

      Vampire Diaries happens to be the series we’re watching now. We just finished rewatching all of Castle. Before that was another show. Hubs and I go through and rewatch everything when we get a new season of it on DVD, since we don’t have TV and we’re never really caught up…

  23. Ashley tittle
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh! I’m so jealous. I think your day sounds awesome! Let’s swap. :)

  24. Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    What a great way to spend a day! Good luck with the book launch and tour!

  25. Michelle Smith
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Excellent dancing! Great day but not enough sleep.

  26. Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE Ferrets. Used to have a couple when I was younger.

    Now I have a cat and a rat.

    And my Land-Lady already thinks the cat stinks. (He totally doesn’t.)

    Anyway! Lovely, beautiful post.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Ferrets are wonderful pets! I’ve had ferrets for over nine years and I can hardly imagine what it would be like not to have them anymore. D:

  27. Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Considering the ugly flu that’s going around, and that watching TV is the only thing it’s possible to do while weathering it, I’m surprised the husband didn’t distract you into watching more!

    Also, ferret dancing = epic.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I was just reading about the flu earlier. Gahhh. Scary. :|

      Husband knows I have to work. He’s really good about entertaining himself! But he also knows that sometimes I need to get away from the computer, too. :)

  28. Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I always imagined the day in the life of an author to be behind a computer, furiously typing away new ideas, then answering e-mails and a few other online social media stuff. I never imagined that ferret fun could be involved! Sounds like you have a very busy, but incredibly fun, author life, Jodi! I love ferrets and have always wanted one, but I don’t think the kitties would be very happy with me if I brought one home. They’re a jealous bunch ;-)

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      I think I’m one of the few authors with daily ferret fun! But you’re not wrong about the furious typing and emails!

      Kitties can be very jealous. Kippy isn’t a huge fan of the ferrets, but they were here before her, so she’s used to them.

  29. Kristi
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    So cool to learn all that I did from this article!

  30. Posted January 10, 2013 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I haven’t really thought about it, although now that I do, I think it’s pretty much spent in front of a computer with caffeine not far from you. Your day is a total bad*ss, though (ferrets and TV? Come on!). I love it! This is a really cool idea! I’ll keep track of what I did from midnight to midnight, too :)

  31. Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Well, I’m not really sure. But I’m pretty sure it’s just like my day, except for the writing :) See, writing, coffee, family time. Although I don’t drink coffee. But I see that most people do, to stay awake and such :) Being an author sounds like a lot of work, at least what I have seen on twitter ;p Thank you for this perfect giveaway sweetie. <3 Dying to read Asunder :)
    Love, Carina

  32. Erin
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Wow, I actually never really thought about that. Umm, maybe lots of family and relaxing time when you’ve just finished a book, and when the deadline is just around the corner, you start to look like a zombie that is completely subsisting on coffee, and being AWOL to everyone around you 24/7. Being an author seems tough and yet amazing at the same time, though. :)

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Working on a book and kind of tinkering with a book are two totally different work days. One is extra crazy. *G*

      You’re not wrong about the zombie thing.

  33. Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I imagine it’s full of Coffee, procrastination, running around, then writing some..

  34. Giedre
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I had always imagined that author’s day looks similar to Jodi’s. But her day is more exiciting, because she has ferrets and can read MILA 2.0 (I want to read this book so badly!!).

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Ferrets!! They make everything more exciting!

      (Mila 2.0 was great!)

  35. Camille
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    It’s gotta be 70% writing and editing, 20% coffee, and 10% leisure.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      That’s a pretty good breakdown, especially for deadline time.

  36. Priya
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Pajamas! When I envision authors on a typical day, I always envision them wearing pajamas, in bed with a laptop they are typing on, all the while resisting temptation of online social networking sites.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      I’m totally wearing PJs as I respond to all these comments in the middle of the day. But I’m not in bed, since I don’t have a laptop. I am, however, surrounded by ferrets.

      COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY FERRETS.

  37. HHorner
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Much like my own as a day job tech editor, but much more gratifying as you get to work on your own words as opposed to those of others.

  38. Posted January 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I dunno…lots and lots of writing and reading and thinking about books! LOL

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Books do consume about 80% of my life! (The rest is coffee, sleeping, yarn, ferrets, and husband. Not in that order.)

  39. Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it’d be too different. I mean, writers are still human beings, right?

    …right?

  40. SP @ oh! paper pages
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I am currently working on my first manuscript, and I know how difficult it is to stay on track during the day. It is so easy to get caught up online and allow an hour to pass. It is so cruel that an hour of writing passes so much more slowly than an hour “doing research” online. I suppose that on a typical day, an author probably has much more anxiety and stress, because they are contracted to finish their drafts/revisions on a certain day. I admire every person who sits down to write. It takes a lot of dedication and imagination.

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes. It’s super easy to pause your writing to check Twitter or email or something . . . and bam. (I just paused revisions to answer comments here, fully aware that I’ll probably go do something else after, when I really just need to do these edits!)

      Ah, the stress. Yes. Stress about books under contract and whether they’re good enough for readers. Stress about books not under contract and whether they’re good enough to get a contract. . . .

  41. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Um, releasing the ferrets makes me laugh…plus OMG TVD Season 1 is awesome. I am soooooooo a Damon girl…but wouldn’t kick Stephan out of bed. haha

    • Posted January 11, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Hee. It’s funnier when they’re actually begging to get out, not sorta looking toward the door but too sleepy to bother moving. *g*

  42. Zitmarie
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    LOL you had a great day! Definitely more entertaining that mine. Can’t wait for your book :)

  43. Zitmarie
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I imagine authors get up late, eat whatever the want. Sit in front of their computers contemplating how to break our hearts and write write write. And probably stay up late writing :)

    • Posted January 11, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      You’re not wrong!!

      Though we do soon regret eating whatever (and whenever) we want. Heh.

  44. Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    I imagine their day just like any other, for those that don’t look close enough. But in reality they make from time to time tiny stories about scenarios they saw they listen for inspiration and research even if it takes them to the dangers of a New York subway system.

  45. Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Well I’m pretty sure there is no “typical” day, but from what I heard every day involves a lot of emotions, a lot of coffee, (possibly some alcohol), dealing with a never-ending heap of email, telling people that no I can’t give away a series free/edit your book for free/write your daughter’s book report/introduce you to my editor, beating your head against a wall in an effort to figure out why the plot is broken, realizing in the shower why X did that Y back in page 24 and THAT IS WHY THE PROTRACTOR SCENE IS IMPORTANT IT”S ALL ABOUT THE HIDDEN DRUGBAT WAR. Oh, and writing until your eyes bleed.

    • Posted January 11, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Yes, there’s really no typical day. Even if you write every day, you’re still working on something different. First drafts are always a challenge. Revisions. More revisions. Different kind of revisions. . . .

      Oh yes, coffee for me, but there are certainly writers whose every day involves alcohol! Hee. Helps deal with the emotions you mentioned.

  46. Emmah
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The cover of Asunder is so pretty. This series just looks (and sounds) amazing.

  47. Sarah S
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your day! I’m impressed that you kept track of it all — down to the minute! I would probably fail if I tried to keep track of mine. I guess I’ve always imagined that writers spend lots of time in their PJs in front of their computers, with their favorite snacks nearby. :)

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Hehe, it wasn’t TOO hard. Emails had timestamps. And the rest of the stuff, I just made myself remember to glance at the time. :)

  48. Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Goodness your life is so busy! I love the covers of your books they are beautiful.

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      The weird thing is that Monday was actually an extraordinarily *un*busy day, considering how soon launch is! But like I said, I’m really good about getting emails taken care of as they come in, while a lot of people let them pile up. (Often for good reasons.)

  49. Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    I didn’t think it would be like that! =)))) It sounds very, very busy (though fun at the same time)

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      Hee. There are times I’m surprised by how my days are, as well! :D

  50. mary ann
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Well of course I expect authors to be very busy on their scheds, but still has time for their extra curricular things hehe.

    And yes your day Ms. Jodi is indeed very busy. And you planned it time by time perfectly!I ‘m not very good on that one eh. I saw you read emails and reply to them mostly on your time and I love it :) Some authors forgot to check their emails because of their busy life and miss the stalker like fans or just the sweet ones..hehehe

    “Put away ginormo box of ASUNDER hardcovers that has been sitting in the living room for 3 days.”–Jodi

    If this books are taking much spaces on your house this are very welcome on mine (*w/ open wide hands*) :D <3

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      I try to be really good about emails because seeing too many pile up in my inbox causes freakish amounts of stress!

      LOL! Oh you’re so generous to open your home to boxes and boxes of books. Thanks. :D

  51. Posted January 12, 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Well…..I always imagined that writers write….. A LOT. I love this post, it’s great for future writers to know that they don’t have to write all the time. Nice ferret dance by the way! :)

    • Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      Writers do write a lot! But like you said, you don’t have to write all the time. You can’t! Sometimes you have to go out an experience life, too. Or answer emails. *G*

  52. Kirsten W
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Sounds like hard work, and a lot of self-motivation. I would probably end up playing with the ferrets all day…

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Fortunately they sleep a lot of the day. But . . . yeah. It’s tempting to just sit on the floor and wrestle with them.

  53. Calla
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Ah, I’m not sure I could ever be a writer your life is way to busy and I’m a horrible procrastinator! Loved seeing you and the ferrets!! :)

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      It’s easy *not* to procrastinate when a deadline is looming. Well, for me, anyway. I get super obsessed with deadlines and making them. Other people like to ignore them. *G*

  54. Posted January 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I Figure a authors typical day consist of writing procrastinating when you have a bit of a block then more writing =P

  55. Posted January 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    How I imagine a day of a writer? Well, maybe like a 24/7 writing, a lot of coffee and no sleep. :D No, just kidding. A day of an author is probably pretty same as a day of others, except the hours of writing. :)

  56. Sarah Marie
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    My picture-perfect author day would include sudden, brilliant epiphanies, a thousand words an hour and lots of wonderful cynical people sitting around a table in a dark room and scribbling on bits of parchment.

    I spend most of my weekends on the couch in a ratty old sweatshirt staring forlorn at a blank document. I imagine it’s quite a bit like that :)

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      Oh goodness, that would be lovely!!!

      But yeah, ratty old sweatshirts. Staring. Blank documents. Oh, reality.

  57. Sarah
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I think a day of an author would be hard! Well at least if I was a author. Whenever I have to write a paper for school I dread it! I had to write two 10 page papers last semester and I found it difficult. But I guess its different if you are writing a topic you actually want to write about!

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Writing stuff you’re interested in — and have emotions invested in — is muuuuch different from writing essays for school. Also, more fun. :D

  58. Posted January 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Ha! A list of one of my days would probably read something like that, except with cats instead of ferrets, and no sick husband (Feel better, Jodi’s husband!). And I don’t knit. Or watch those particular shows. But still, almost exactly like that :-)

    And now I want to dance with ferrets…

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      He’s feeling better, thank commas. Sick husbands are the WORST.

  59. Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Probably a lot of coffee,music,swearing and then lots of writing. That was the situation whenever I needed to write something

  60. Aggie
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    I watch very little TV, so I am very anxious for the release of Asunder! AND, I can’t wait for you the CHS visit on March 6th. =)

  61. Tiff- Escaping... On
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I imagine that the daily life of an author is just craziness! The list up above is basically what I imagine and then more because I don`t think I have ever spoken to an author that could say I am never busy and am free frequently!” You guys live full lives that’s for sure :D

  62. Posted January 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Just looking at this post is exhausting! ;) I commend you! I can barely get up for uni everyday and I don’t even start until 11AM.

    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

      I mean, you see what time I got up. I didn’t even change out of my pajamas until noon-ish. And then I put them right back on. So.

  63. Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    A bit like that, actually. Fewer ferrets, but with revisions/writing split up by a lot of breaks.

    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      I think most authors have fewer ferrets in their lives, which is a shame, really.

  64. Laurent G.
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    In my mind a writers day is a normal day like everyone else of course with the exception of having a little note in your purse writing about every little idea you get. Also, going on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads all the time to see what the followers think about your books.

    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Ahh, going on FB/Twitter/GR — dangerous! I try not to do that. Last thing I need is to make myself *more* neurotic! :D

  65. Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Very book-related at the least :P Writing, revisions, hanging out with other authors (*sigh*), having of course, their own personal life. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:01 am | Permalink

      Hanging out with other authors?? Maybe if I lived in a more populated area. *sigh sigh sigh*

      I do get to tweet and IM with some, though, because they’re friends first. :)

  66. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I imagine an author’s day is like nothing I imagine. :) I would expect it to be quiet and full of writing, but I know authors have normal lives, too. Which means I have no excuse for not writing. :P Great post!

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      Normal lives? What is this normal life thing you speak of? ;)

  67. Roberta S
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Dancing with ferrets is exactly what I had in mind for an author’s typical day! Along with endless amounts of coffee and staring at computer screens!

  68. Avery Moore
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm, the parts with the ferrets look really familiar :p And the dance is really cute!

    • Avery Moore
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Oops, clicked ‘post’ too soon. What I imagine an author’s day looks like is:
      - going crazy over first drafts
      - going crazy over revisions
      - drink some coffee (I would take hot chocolate)
      - have a meltdown
      - stress about sales
      - everything not-writing related

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      Haha, thanks. It was fun. A little embarrassing. But fun. :)

  69. Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing a day in the life!! I love this kind of thing (especially with pictures). It’s never normal but it is writer-normal.

    If you had asked me what an author’s day was like before this blog came along…I would have said, “A lot of writing, a lot of editing, ad a lot of reading.” But now that I’ve been properly educated, haha, I would add a lot of time on social media, possibly a day job, communicating with editors/agents occasionally, preparing for ways to promote your book, watching TV (for inspiration, of course), a lot of researching, time spent finding inspiration, and some time having an actual life.

    I’m so excited for ASUNDER!

    • Posted January 16, 2013 at 12:34 am | Permalink

      Having an actual life — at least occasionally — is super important. It’s so easy to get caught up all work all the time, especially for people who *love* their work, like many authors do. Who needs sleep when they could be writing?! Apparently we all need sleep, actually. Heh.

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