Hello yet again! This is the second to last installment of the Writing Challenge Q&A for anyone who’s wondering. Today’s topic is courtesy of my beautiful and crafty friend, Angela Wilson. She makes some really neat stuff, so if you’re in the New Brunswick area of Canada and spot her at a craft fair, check her stuff out! She chose number 15 (bullet-point your whole day). I will do my best to describe my usual day. I’m not really that interesting, so I do basically the same thing every day. I actually started that Daily Goal Calendar that I mentioned trying out, so here’s a visual of my April!
So, a typical day goes something like this (please note that the times are approximations):
Noon ’til two – The process of getting up. This includes waking up, switching from my mask to the mouthpiece on my ventilator, a face cleaning, bathroom duties, making sure my Minion knows Dad and I are alive, transferring to the wheelchair, a cleaning followed by deodorant, getting dressed, and teeth brushing. It takes anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours depending on if we (we = Dad who is my caretaker and I) rush it.
Two ’til three-thirty – The breakfast routine. I check my email, try to post on all of my author pages, and play mindless games while Dad cooks breakfast and sets up my drink and whatnot. Eating usually takes 45 minutes or so (long enough to watch an hour long DVR’d show while fast forwarding through commercials).
Three-thirty ’til six-thirty – New writing routine! A couple of weeks ago, I started doing “writing stints” with a couple of friends. It’s like a writing sprint, but without the competitive element. We start at four (I take care of random small tasks or work on the crossword until then), write for an hour, take a five or ten minutes break to check in, then write for another hour and check in again. I always avoided things like that because I’m a slow typer and I feel awkward “racing” people, so we decided that we’d set our own goals and simply check in with each other to stay motivated and accountable. If we feel like it or miss our goals, sometimes we do a third stint. And we can do the stints separately if need be, then talk about them that night.
Six-thirty ’til eight – Randomness. There’s not really anything scheduled during this time. Sometimes I read. I might work on the crossword. Netflix is an option. So is revision (if I have something of my own stuff to look at) or critiquing (if I have someone else’s work to look at). I also answer emails and texts during this time. It’s really just for whatever I need to get done. If all else fails, there’re always mindless games.
Eight ’til eleven – Dinner, TV time, and more randomness. If we eat at home, dinner is usually pretty late. Then we watch a couple of hours of TV if there’s anything good on the DVR. Afterwards, I spend some time randomly checking Facebook or playing games or finishing the crossword or whatever before bed.
Eleven-thirty ’til one-thirty – The process of going to bed. Another lengthy process that includes a bunch of steps. Bathroom duties, cleaning, switching from the mouthpiece to the mask on the ventilator and getting everything set, etc. Basically just reverse the getting up process. It still takes forever. Then I talk to myself or Siri until I fall asleep (another lengthy process all on its own).
That’s my usual day. I told you I wasn’t very interesting. How about you? How was your day?