Day in My Writing Life
I wish I could say a day in my writing life was exciting and full of writerly mystique. In my dream world, it would go something like this:
8 a.m.-9 a.m.: Enjoy my coffee and a walk on the beach
9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Workout
10 a.m.-12 noon: Bang out 4,000 words while sitting on my balcony overlooking the beach or even sitting on the beach (because in a dream world, sand doesn’t get in your keyboard)
12 noon-2 p.m.: Out to lunch with someone noteworthy (or even my husband)
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Meetings or conference calls with film producers and foreign publishers
4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Socialize online with fans and other authors
5 p.m.-9 p.m.: Family time complete with a home cooked, healthy meal or out to a nice restaurant and good conversation
9 p.m.-12 midnight: Read a good book
Alas, life is not a dream. Ideally, though, I would love to have a typical day like this:
8 a.m.-9 a.m.: Enjoy my coffee by the pool while checking email and social media
9 a.m.-12 noon: Write 3,000 words while still sitting by the pool
12 noon-1 p.m.: Lunch with my husband or a friend, or if by myself, with a good book
1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Publishing and marketing tasks
3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Write another 2,000 words or, depending on where I am in the process, prepare for a new or upcoming release
5 p.m.-6 p.m.: Workout
6 p.m.-10 p.m.: Family time with some kind of meal together, updates on our day and a TV show or two
10 p.m.-12 midnight: Read a good book
But life is not ideal, either. Here’s the reality:
7 a.m.: Wake up when the husband’s alarm goes off
8 a.m.: Force myself to roll out of bed, stumble over the dogs, somehow manage to brew a cup of coffee with the Keurig without spilling something (maybe)
8 a.m.-10 a.m.: Check email, Facebook, rankings and sales, Facebook, email, Facebook, maybe Twitter if I remember, Facebook, put out any kid fires
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Go to the writing cave, stare at the screen, maybe write 1,000 words if I’m lucky, stare at the screen some more or maybe at the wall, look up something on the Internet and oh, while I’m here, I better see what’s going on on Facebook (don’t want to miss anything), get distracted with photos and links and everyone’s interesting lives and another hour goes by, realize I have 15 minutes to write 2,000 more words. Write 50. Wonder why my stomach hurts…oh, yeah, missed breakfast and now lunch.
1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Grab some kind of (usually unhealthy) snack while catching up on email, Facebook (it’s been thirty minutes, something might have happened!), industry news, etc.
2 p.m.-6 p.m.: Answer fan mail, blog, create marketing materials, do publishing/business stuff, check in on Facebook, research something new in the industry, maybe poke my head into Twitter, check Facebook again, jot down ideas for a new book idea, research for current WIP (Work In Progress), check Facebook, realize I have 15 minutes again to write those 1,950 words. Write 100 until the other people who live in the house dare to bang on the door because they’re hungry.
6 p.m.-7 p.m.: Missed my workout. Dang. Cook something fast and semi-unhealthy or call for delivery of something many people wouldn’t call food.
7 p.m.-9 p.m.: Sit in the living room pretending to have family time while everyone’s engrossed in some silly TV show, checking Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter or texting someone not in the house (or sometimes even each other), answer kids’ requests, er, sorry, needs (because the world will end if they don’t get whatever it is they’re asking for tonight), maybe have a 10 minute quality conversation.
9 p.m.-10 p.m.: Come back to the writing cave, stare at the screen, check in on a Twitter chat or Facebook, stare at the screen, yawn.
10 p.m.: Second wind hits!
10 p.m.-1 a.m. (or sometimes 4 a.m., same difference): Write those 1,850 words plus a whole lot more.
1 a.m. (or later): Fall into bed exhausted (luckily I’m still in my pajamas, so I don’t even have to change!), begin to drift off, brain comes up with BEST IDEA EVER, tell myself it’s so good there’s no way I’ll forget it, fret for thirty minutes that I’ll forget it, grab pen and notepad and by light of cell phone, jot down ideas, drift off again, brain starts rattling off a list of all the things I forgot to do today and what I need to do tomorrow. At some point, brain finally shuts down – usually about an hour or two before the husband’s alarm goes off.
Reality isn’t so glamorous, huh? But the truth is I love my days. I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Except maybe that dream world up above. I wouldn’t mind that so much.
About Kristie Cook:
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first four books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion and Power available now and the next book coming in June 2013. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 200,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
The Space Between kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:
Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com
UK Fan Site: http://www.kristiecookfansite.co.uk
The Book of Phoenix Website: http://www.TheBookofPhoenix.com
Soul Savers Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com
Where to buy The Space Between:
Praise for The Space Between
“This is a completely new twist on the idea of a timeless love story with a paranormal twist unlike any other. The connection between the two characters is bone deep and resonates beautifully. I will never forget this novel.” ~ Heather McCorkle, Author of the fantasy Channeler series
“Kristie has done it again! Her Soul Savers series is my favorite by far and yet The Space Between is easily the best book she’s ever written! It's dangerous, suspenseful, and smokin’ hot.” ~ Marissa, Comfortably Read Book Reviews
“The Space Between is an amazing story of life, love and fates. Author Kristie Cook has you hanging on the edge of every page. This book stays in your head well after the last page.” ~ Mindy, Forbidden Reviews
**Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.
The Space Between
Author: Kristie Cook
Publish Date: Published April 5th 2013
When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between After a month-long dance tour through Italy, 20-year-old Leni Drago returns to Georgia to care for her great-uncle, only to find him gone, the home they shared empty and any evidence he ever existed wiped out. All that’s left is a journal she can’t open. Jeric Winters has been searching for a piece of his past for over a year, only to reach a dead-end in Georgia. When an urgent and magnetic pull draws him out of his hotel room, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful dancer who’s been haunting his dreams day and night. Jeric’s one to stay away from—a bad-boy, hit-it-and-quit-it type—but Leni can’t escape the fervent feelings between them. As their own existences begin to crumble around them and shadowy forms that are more monsters than men attack, they realize there’s more to the connection between them than physical fascination. To solve the riddle their lives have become, they must embark on a journey that requires them to face their pasts and release their true souls. And they must do it fast—dark ones from another world are closing in, intent on killing them. Permanently.The Space Between….to reveal anymore of the story than what is written in the synopsis above would just be a cruel way to spoil such an amazing read.
I chose to go into this story not knowing anything about it, because, Kristie Cook is such a creative author and storyteller. I knew without a doubt that I would be mesmerized. I was and then some.
Have you heard that opposites attract? Well, that’s Leni and Jeric. Their hot and steamy attraction can’t be denied. It goes way deeper than the soul mate concept.
First of all, I loved the unique names for the characters in this story. It is refreshing to read names that are new and sure to stay in your mind. I loved the whole concept of the reincarnation, going back and forth from the present to the past, and giving clues to Leni and Jeric on revealing their true destiny. The magnetic pull to each other was simply brilliant. The attraction, hotness and steamy desire will make you breathless for their souls to unite in more ways than one. Of course, there are the dark and evil beings trying to come between that destiny, which leads to action and chaos. The Space Between is a clever and unique paranormal journey of forever love on a complete new realm of imagination. I can NOT wait to see where The Book of Phoenix will go next!
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