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.