Mark Terry

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Day In The Life Of A Writer

July 15, 2008
Haven't done this in a while. Here's yesterday.

6:30. Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

6:40. Get up. Shower. Eat breakfast. Walk Frodo.

7:50. Drive into town to get oil changed.

8:05. Sit and read while oil gets changed. "Chasing Darkness" by Robert Crais.

8:40. Drive into Oxford and pick up chicken noodle soup for lunch for Sean and Ian at Achatz Pie Store. (Didn't buy pie).

9:00. At desk with caffeinated beverage. Checking e-mail, blogs, write blog entry.

9:20. Start working on Medicare chapter of market report I'm writing.

10:40. Go to gym and lift heavy objects.

11:50. Home again. Check e-mail.

12:00. Fix lunch. Read a newsletter about the laboratory industry while soup is warming up.

1:00. Send out e-mails to set up interviews for article I'm working on. Send out a couple queries.

1:30. Organize materials for next issue of journal I edit. Offer Associate Editor position to someone (it doesn't pay, so don't get excited).

2:30. Work on nonfiction book proposal.

3:15. Work on market research report, Medicare chapter. Internet and all TV cable goes down. Call cable company. Stays down until 7:00 or so. One of Sean's friends comes over.

5:00. Start re-reading chunk of unfinished novel manuscript to get back into the story.

5:30. Call it a day. Go upstairs, start browning beef for tacos.

6:00. Go outside and climb up on roof to get Sean's flip-flop, which he kicked up onto the garage roof. Asked him to turn around so I could dope-slap him.

6:30ish. Eat dinner. Do dishes.

7:00. Talk to parents of Sean's friend who dropped off sleeping bag for overnighter. After they leave, find out that Internet is back up and go check my e-mail.

8:00. Leanne and I go running. (She runs, I sort of ... lumber).

8:25. Return from run and take Frodo for walk.

8:50. Deal with credit card changeover on the computer.

9:15. Read.

10:00. Give Sean and his friend Eric directions not to stay up all night, then go to bed.

Cheers,
Mark Terry

9 Comments:

Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

So did they follow instructions?

My day has thus far consisted of my spending the morning on the roof. No I wasn't driven up there by contemplating the publishing industry. Some of the roofing had deteriorated to the point it needed replacing.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Melanie Avila said...

A lot of people have had internet problems lately. Must be something in the air...

10:35 AM  
Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

This inventory is sorely incomplete. Where's the Tetris? Where's the ethanol? Where's the watering and fertilizing of those "decorative plants?"

10:56 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Eric,
No, not really. We asked them lights out at 11:30, but they confess to staying up till 12:30. But I slept through it, so who cares.

Melanie,
I hope not.

Stephen,
No Tetris, no ethanol, and I keep no plants, plastic or otherwise in my office. The computer's bad enough. So, yeah, I might have spent some time on the Maxim website and YouTube, and then I read a couple articles about the new iPhone, but, hey, I did say the Internet was down a big chunk of the day.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Zoe Winters said...

Sounds like a nice day.

3:22 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

LOL, that's interesting. I'm more compressed. I'd diddle-daddle for a whole hour, but then I'll work for three straight. Same time, just different. :-)

Of course, I'm always going to the bathroom. So it's really 50 minutes writing, getting drink of water and going to the bathroom, and a few minutes to get settled in the chair.

It takes an awful long time to sit down sometimes.

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