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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

March 13th – A Day In My Life

I debated skipping this week because I don’t have pictures for this challenge and I assume most people are going to use pictures to show their life details. However, I suppose telling it is just as good. You can still get a peek at how glamorous and exciting the life of an author is. 😉

I’m going to detail a day when I work, because I do that five days a week so it’s a “typical” day.

Some background: my day job is Senior Supervisor in a private airport lounge–you know those lounges you pay to hang out in when you’re traveling? That. But what the heck does being Senior Supervisor mean? I’m basically the assistant manager, since the only person above me is my boss, the General Manager. I supervise day-to-day operations–we handle the lounge’s food and beverage service, as well as housekeeping–but more specifically I run the bar in the lounge (I was a bartender for a long time before lucking into this job) which includes doing inventory, ordering liquor, making sure the bar runs smoothly, and training bartenders. I also do a lot of overall bookkeeping for the lounge and coordinate invoicing and bill-paying with the airline that runs it (the company I work for is contracted by them). Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?!

Oh, and I also write books on the side. But that doesn’t pay as much as the day job yet, unfortunately. SIGH! 😉

It’s also a night shift job, so I don’t go in until 2-4pm, depending on the shift, and I usually get home around 10-11pm.

So here’s a typical day when I work!

  • 8am – Wake up. For some reason my body is attuned to always wake up at 8am, no matter what time I went to sleep. My cat also makes DAMN sure I’m up at this time every morning to feed her.
  • 9am – 10am – Do any chores I need to do around the house, put in laundry–my adult son is my roommate and we both work nights (he works VERY late nights and sleeps in the mornings), so I usually throw our uniforms in the washer first thing in the morning (he’s a cook, so he has a pretty dirty, greasy job). If I have to go to the store or run errands I do it around this time too.
  • 10am – 12pm – If I’m done doing all the household tasks, I sit down at my laptop to write/work on writing tasks like blogging, promo, and checking groups/Facebook/Twitter for a while.
  • 12 pm-ish – Depending on what time my shift starts, I get ready for work and eat. I don’t eat breakfast, but eat a filling meal before I go to work because work is usually very busy for me and I don’t have time to eat during my shift, unless it’s a small snack. Eating right before I go keeps me from getting hungry.
  • 1pm – 3pm – Depending on when my shift starts, I’m on my way to work! I don’t own a car and take public transportation everywhere. I have a driver’s license, I just don’t want the expense of a car and I live in a big city with access to plentiful public transport. I live right across the street from the train station and the train takes me directly into the airport–and it only takes ten minutes from my stop to work. How convenient is that! I think even if I broke down and bought a car I would still take the train to work because it’s so easy. Also, it gives me time to just chill and listen to music/play on my phone before I go into work.
  • Until 9pm-ish  – Work! I like work for the most part, it usually goes fast because we’re very busy and I love my coworkers, we’re like a family. We close at 8:30pm, but there’s about an hour worth of closing down/cleaning up to do, and if I have additional paperwork tasks it might take longer. Sometimes I take the train home or sometimes a coworker gives me a ride home since by happy coincidence, a lot of us live very close to the airport. I don’t ever ask for rides because it’s MY choice not to drive and I don’t mind taking the train, but a few of my motherly coworkers insist on always taking me home because they believe it’s dangerous to take the train late at night, especially for a young woman. 😀 However, I worked downtown for many years as a bartender and often took buses/trains at MUCH later hours of the night through MUCH worse areas (and I was MUCH younger!) and was never bothered by anyone. But I don’t argue with Mama Coworkers.
  • 10pm-ish – I get home, usually eat something, shower, mess around online a bit, and maybe do a bit more writing if something was flowing well earlier.
  • 11pm – 12am – I usually go to bed in this timeframe. Gotta be up early to feed the cat, after all!

So that’s my day. Impressive, isn’t it? If you have any questions about my job or routine, please ask!

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Hey, do you know that it’s Read An E-Book week? In celebration, you can get any of my Evernight titles at Smashwords for 25% off! Just click the graphic below:

Also, I’m a featured author in this month’s issue of Uncaged Book Reviews! They have a free e-zine every month and you can check out my interview inside, and get a sneak peek of Hidden. You can access the magazine directly by clicking on the cover below, or simply visit Uncaged Book Reviews.

And last but not least, the first ever East Coast Author’s Convention is coming up in October! I’ll be one of the attending authors. All tickets are on sale right now, just click the graphic to learn more and buy!

Have a great week!

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This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

Happy March! I’m eagerly awaiting the coming of spring–I’m thoroughly done with the cold and snow now, thank you very much. How’s the weather where you are?

Let’s see, what am I insecure about this month? I just sent off a new submission to my publisher (the sequel to Hidden) so I’m chewing my nails waiting for an answer. In the meantime I’m trying to work on another book, both to keep myself distracted and keep the ball rolling. I feel like I’m struggling to do anything creative-wise lately, though. Just a lot of mental blocks at the moment. I know the best way over them is through, but it just seems so hard. And I’ve been epically lazy, too. I’m sure the laziness is only making the blocks worse, so it’s a vicious cycle. I need to focus and put more effort in. It’s not a matter of not having the time, it’s using the time I have wisely instead of procrastinating.

Ah, I love this once-a-month chance to whine and moan and stomp my feet. 🙂

March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I don’t think I’ve ever written from the antagonist’s point of view, so I’d have to say the protagonist. However, I do like stories, and TV shows, and movies, where the antagonist is the main character, or where we at least get a big first-hand view of their side of the story. I’m a sucker for a good anti-hero. I just haven’t written one.

How about you? Which do you like to write–or which do you enjoy in other people’s art?

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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

Each Wednesday from January 9 – December 18, 2019, Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blog hop.

Blogging is a fun way to meet people and get to know them. We’re offering a weekly “prompt” for authors, non-authors, bookish folks and others to share something weekly and gain new friends and visitors to the blog. There’s no pressure to write something every week (though it should be fun and a challenge), but we do ask that if you do post something, you share your link on the weekly post we’ll put up at our site (it will be the top post on the home page each Wednesday morning) — the link list will be open for new links for 48 hours. Other bloggers will also share their links and you can hop over and see what they have to share.

February 27th – Fictional Worlds I’d Rather Not Visit

Ha! Can I list worlds from my own books, or is that cheating? I’ve definitely written some places I wouldn’t want to be in–or at least, I wouldn’t want to be in the same mess as my characters are in. But I don’t think that’s really in the spirit of the question, because there’s a lot of stories where the ‘world’ is just fine, the characters just happen to be in an awful situation.

I’m into Game of Thrones but I don’t think I’d want to be in that world, because it seems like everyone there is having a really bad time. And if you follow the show–you know it’s about to get even worse! I don’t watch The Walking Dead anymore, but I used to and I definitely wouldn’t want to visit that world either. In fact, I don’t think I’d want to be in any post-apocalypse world. As interesting as it might be, humans would always be the worst threat in any scenario like that. We all know what would happen in a world without rules and laws. Some good I’m sure, but also lots and lots of bad.

I’m not a big fan of sci-fi but I don’t think I’d want to visit most of those worlds, either. The idea of being in space or on another planet is interesting, but scary and unpredictable to me. I think I’ll stay on earth.

How about you? Where are you not making any vacation plans for?