Monday, March 19, 2012

What Is Your Daily Schedule? (and another boot giveaway)

 I couldn't come up with an edgier, more interesting blog title, which is the first rule of blogging. In case you didn't know, that's how I 'reel' you in, dear reader. But I bet the words 'another boot giveaway' gotcha, didn't it? I'll let you know more about that later.

First things first.  There are three questions that I am constantly barraged with, and as y'all know I am an open book, but I won't answer them all at once - AND I am saving the BEST for last. (A big, giant,  hint at the end of this article) 

But for today, we'll start with question number one:

What is your daily schedule like?

Everyone - especially aspiring writers - always seem to think that I must just sit behind a computer and write every single day for hours on end. Laawww no! I am a writer, blogger, shopkeeper and soon to be producer, but I am wife and mother first.
After all, kids gotta eat, Daddy needs clean underwear.

So here's how it goes:

Monday: deep clean house/do laundry, upload photos of new merchandise onto blog boutique, walk Sally and Violet in between chores and mailing packages at Post Office. Usually no writing on Mondays. I did today because I got my spring cleaning done Saturday - yay!

(Traci -one of my publicists- seriously, I would be nothing without this girl!)

Tuesday:  walk the girls, make bed,  then phone meeting with at least one of my two publicists to work out my book signing and speaking schedule, more phone meetings with vendors and trip to post office to mail books/merchandise, (designated day for lunch with friend if time allows) Write for about an hour or two before bedtime.

Wednesday: walk dogs, make bed, write most of the morning, then take a walk or ride bike to take a break. When I come back I try to spend the rest of the day either reading, or doing marketing/strategy. Go to post office and mail packages. Write from about 7-8.

Thursday: make beds, walk dogs, marketing/strategy. Sophia comes over on Thursdays! When she goes home it's back at it:  Map out plan for upcoming Southern Living Dixie Road Trip, includes making phone calls to let them know when I'll be there, etc. Write for about an hour in the afternoon then head to post office. Marketing/strategy

Friday: walk dogs, make beds, then load up Dixie and go junking/hunting/thrifting. This is usually a very long day because I go wwwaaayyy out in the country to do this. But it's also my favorite day because not only is it leading up to the weekend, the only days I have my family to myself, but's it's also great to be out in the wide, open spaces away from traffic and big buildings, seeing green pastures dotted with livestock. Love it!

Saturday: make beds, take Sally/Violet for a ride than a walk (they love it just as much and it saves me a bit of time to do what I want to do). Maybe I'll write in the afternoon, read, and think of something to do that night. I LOVE going out on Saturday night.

Sunday: church! And then if I'm lucky, granddaughter Sophia will come home with me for a few hours.

So there you have it. That's a 'typical' week. It's not too awfully busy, but keep in mind right now, right before a new book is being released things tend to be helter-skelter around here. Plans for upcoming release parties, tour scheduling, new Hillbilly Debutante merchandising/designing, problem-solving and the list goes on.
And if it's editing for a new book? FORGET ALL THE ABOVE. Nothing gets done, and the family eats pizza.

NOW, the moment you've all been waiting for....the other boot giveaway! My friend "The Farmers Trophy Wife" is having one all this week and giving them away the end of the week. So go! Hurry!

The Farmers Trophy wife and little ones
(I declare! That truly is one lucky farmer, if you ask me!)

I won't tell you tomorrow's question I'll be tackling, but Wednesday? Are y'all ready for this?

Whatever happened to Lynn and the other characters from your book "False Victim"?

Folks, I travel all over this glorious country and that's the question I am asked every day of my life. So, check back Wednesday. And of course if you have a question about 'False Victim' that you're afraid I might not answer then by all means leave it in the comments and that will kill two birds with one stone. You'll get the inside scoop and put in the drawing for the red boots I am giving away on April 1st.

'Cause March 27th is the release date for "The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe" and 'False Victim' will be nothin' but history (thank you, Lord)

My red boots below are the exact replica of what the lucky winner will win here at Hillbilly Debutante, courtesy of PFI Western Wear. Good luck!

Betty Baird and myself at the Madhatter Luncheon at Columbia Country Club in Washington, DC

Til next time,



Anonymous said...

Great post! You are simply incredible! I hope you are reveling in every minute of your well-deserved, hard-earned success. Very happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Well my day isn't as exciting as yours! lol I'm spending the day pouting because I don't want to go back to work tomorrow after being off 10 days for Spring Break! :( I know, I know, I should be thankful for having a Spring Break. And I am! But it sure makes it hard to go back.
SO, today I am finishing up laundry and doing homework that I should have done over the weekend! But it was just to darn nice outside and I played in the dirt instead! :)
I have to pick Madi up from school at 3 and go to a 4H meeting in Stockton. I'm thinking we will go early and eat a burger at Sundae's! Now that's a plan! lol
Happy Monday to you!
Crystal Whitaker

Anonymous said... are so darn cute! Love the pic. My days are filled with Steve and Darby every chance I get...Which is mostly weekends when we're not working. Just signed Darby up for kindergarten. Oh my!


fGs said...

I like your schedule! You're right that our family comes first! You're a good Mama! Such a cute picture of you at the country club.

Beth Dunn said...

I'm so impressed you can write that late in the day. My brain just isn't working well then.

Carole said...

Nice post. As someone interested in words, I thought you might like to look into the word play in cryptic crosswords (if you aren't already into them). I have been doing a series of posts about cryptic clues and how to solve them. This is the first one in the series:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait until Wed. to read your blog!

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I just love your blog. It's just as funny and sweet as you are in person!

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