And let me tell you a little secret. I love it. Here's a typical week day for me.
5:30-6:15 Wake, make coffee, feed dogs
6:15-7:00 Blogging & publicity for my existing books
7:00-7:30 Go walking/work out
7:30-8:00 Breakfast, hang with wife and chat about the day ahead
8:00-8:25 Get ready for The Day Job
8:25-8:30 Commute to The Day Job
8:30-11:30 The Day Job, the morning part
11:30-12:30 Writing & lunch
12:30-?? The Day Job, the afternoon part
After : Time with wife, maybe another walk, house stuff.
Sometime before bed: Do some editing on another work in progress
Just before bed: read
11:30-5:30 : sleep
That's it. To any sane person, it would look like a grind. But that's what it takes (for me) to hold down a day job, spend time with my wife and dogs, stay fit, and move two new books ahead while promoting two existing works. It's insane.
What do I not do?
- Television. I used to watch a lot of television in my younger days. Now it's limited to a few hours a week. This is a good thing.
- Training for some large fitness goal. I'd love to run an ultra marathon. But that takes time and effort I just don't have right now. So fitness for me is more about maintenance than achieving something new and big.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on what has changed in your life as a result of your craft.