Mark Terry

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Day In The Life Of A Writer

November 6, 2007
Ah yes, here's my glamorous life--yesterday.

5:30--awakened by my wife's alarm clock so thoroughly that I can't get back to sleep.

6:10--get out of bed twenty minutes early, shave in hopes of beating my oldest son to the bathroom.

6:30--catch the weather report and put rubber bands on oldest son's braces (what evil contraptions those are)

6:50--shower

7:10--into office, check e-mail, continue to proof first 100 pages of HM.

7:45--wake up youngest son, make my bed, get breakfast around.

8:30--walk Frodo.

9:00--back in office. Focus on proofing 100 pp of HM, some back-and-forthing via e-mail with my agent regarding a number of business matters concerning hanging contracts and potential markets for other projects.

10:30--leave for the gym.

12:00--back home, eat lunch. (Greek pita from Mr. Pita. Yummy.)

12:20--walk the dog. (Is he spoiled, or what?)

12:45--back in the office. Work the phone contacting people around the country before they head to L.A. for the Association of Molecular Pathology meeting.

1:30--go get my hair cut

2:00--back to working the phones. Conduct an interview with a doctor at Johns Hopkins.

2:30--after transcribing the interview, write the profile.

3:00--talk to oldest son when he gets home from school.

3:10--write two more profiles. Get an assignment from another client. (Yeah!)

3:45--conduct interview with doctor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell.

4:00--talk to youngest son when he gets home from school.

4:10--transcribe interview, write profile of lab.

4:45--edit technical journal, deal with some e-mail correspondence.

5:00--send out a couple queries for writing jobs.

5:20--more editing.

5:45--talk to wife for a little bit, listen to her vent about work.

6:00--make changes to first 100 pp of HM, create a PDF file of it and send it to my agent.

6:30--work is done, upstairs to practice guitar until 7:00

7:00--eat dinner, do dishes

7:50--flip through the USA Today

8:00--watch Star Trek: Enterprise

9:00--check e-mail, surf the net, read.

10:00--go to bed.

Cheers,
Mark Terry

10 Comments:

Blogger Joe Moore said...

You left out "post to blog".

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Blogger spyscribbler said...

But I want China Fire! Yeah, yeah, yeah, fine, pay the bills. Humph.

Has Enterprise almost finished cycling around? I want to pick it up when it starts at the first season again. I watched all of Voyager.

I've been on an I-miss-Star-Trek funk, lately. I love the hope in it.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

Speaking of writing, did you see this short blog entry?

http://doyouwriteunderyourownname.blogspot.com/2007/11/mat-coward.html

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

Oops. Well it wasn't that interesting....

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Blogger Mark Terry said...

Joe, oh, yeah.

SS--they're still chasing the Xindi. I keep hitting episodes I missed the 1st or 2nd time around.

Eric,
I'll check it out.

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