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!