An average writer’s day…
Or should that be a writer’s average day? Ah, take it anyway you like, it doesn’t matter!
But a week or so ago, I was surfing the net and remember glancing at a post that relayed the average glamorous writer’s day and then listed their own by comparison. Can’t find where I read it (when do you ever manage to re-locate something you read some time ago unless you immediately bookmark it?) and as I raced around the sheepyards this week, I wondered about my own average day.
Starting at 7.30AM…
Up, ship-shape and bristol fashion to let dogs out and feed. Prepare breakfasts. (Ours too.)
Check emails, and see what business must be dealt with.
Make beds. (Ours too), dishwasher on, food list for day, sweep, vacuum (daily for dog hair).
Shop. (30mins to one hour door to pantry door)
Walk dogs, (one hour) with occasional run for self.
Lunch (rice cakes on run whilst checking soc.med) Then handle email office work.
Research/write for a short while.
Ironing. (Hate basket piling up)
Prep dinner. (Ours too) and also any cooking for cake and biscuit tins.
More research, write with glass of wine whilst dinner cooks.
Dinner. (Ours too) Load dishwasher and wash any pans by hand.
Dog walk. (30 mins)
Contact with northern hemisphere.
Dogs to bed. (Sigh!)
Bath. (daydream about plot. Generally yields something)
Bed, read for 30 mins.
If wake at 3AM (seems to be a pattern), write for 30 mins until eyes heavy and go back to sleep.
Remember this is a bare framework. Add to this: farm work, garden work, mother (86 years old), normal appointments (docs, dentist’s, hair, podiatrist’s etc), and vet’s because Pup likes to experiment with danger. Socialising with my two closest friends when they and I are free.
And finally just sitting on House’s porch, smelling the sea-air and listening to the birds and waves …
Because sometimes it’s just good to shut out the world and ‘be’.
This made me laugh just because there’s an “average professor’s day” too in the minds of many that has nothing to do with my days. I guess I am a below average professor 🙂
Nothing like being below-average, Servetus. It’s an honorary calling. I speak from experience.
An excellent post Prue.
I’ve long suspected some people glamorise their lives for public consumption – there is a column in our weekend newspaper that asks celebrities to list their food intake on an average day. It usually reads something like:
5.30am Glass of water with slice of lemon before two hour bikram yoga
7.30am home made muesli with organic oats, organic fruit and soy milk – yum!
11am 1/2 stick of celery sets me up for fund raising meeting with CEO of (Major humanitarian agency)….
…. all of which i read whilst consuming last nights left overs along with a very large caffeinated coffee and wondering if this is where i am going wrong!
Your post was utterly refreshing in that it was so similar to my day. I think this might be more to do with living with dogs than anything else but it gave me a feeling of solidarity all the same!
Imagine trying to look after two Jack Russells and one of those a 5 month old pup on 1/2 a stick of celery! At the very least I need a piece of cake or somesuch.
Husband is at an irrigation services meeting, my left overs (bruschetta) are in the oven warming and I am half way though a white wine from a cask. That’s my life!
Thanks so much for joining me in mundanity!