Fully Exposed – Day One

Posted by on April 1, 2014

Me & my Fully Exposed partner in crime, Matthew Clemens!

Me & my Fully Exposed partner in crime, Matthew Clemens!

On Monday, my day begins like it does most days — I drag myself out of bed, pour a cup of coffee, and sit at my computer going through my Morning Routine.

This involves checking emails from the website I moderate for pay. I look for explicit language, people who post their email address or phone numbers (against forum rules) and people who are annoying and post duplicate comments in different threads.

After that I check in on Facebook and Twitter and then read my favorite blogs. For instance, rarely does a day pass that I’m not reading Karen Woodward, Elizabeth Spann Craig, or The Kill Zone.

After a while, I get myself ready for the day, continuing to down copious amounts of coffee and prodding the kids to get ready for school.

Finally, around 9 a.m., I settle in somewhere (today at home) to write! YAY!

I like to do Butt in Chair until 11 or 12, but today I already know I’m going to fail because the landlord is scheduled to come over at 10:30.

I NEED at least 1,000 words by 10:30. In 90 minutes. Stat.

I get down to business, even though I forgot what I was writing since I haven’t looked at my novel since Friday morning. I get back into the swing of things with only a few distractions. (Hurriedly writing my Fully Exposed post yesterday about my goals, emails to Matthew, and so on.) But for the most part I’m completely immersed in my novel’s world — I’m fully in the head of a 17-year-old Minneapolis girl who is hanging with a bunch of street punks and trying to figure out how her best friend died.

When the landlord knocks at the door, I’ve got in 1,200 words despite all my goofing off. Yay! Win!

After another 90 minutes, I’m alone again.

I eat lunch and surf the web and then get in a walk because it is warm today (above 40 degrees – in Minnesota we call this warm right now, so pipe down).

After my walk, I have to run errands, which involves Target and the eye doctor. Back home, I do a few loads of laundry (aka created more piles of clean clothes that will eventually need folding).

Then, I check some online stuff more – answer comments on this website and Do Some Damage. Then I sit down to do some marketing stuff.

As you’ll see the rest of this month, I divide my work day into Morning (writing) and Afternoons (marketing, walking, errands).

So off to do Marketing. Aka – Time Not Spent Writing Yet Done For Writing Purposes. Today I have a super fun thing to do — write something about my book for another website. I’m stoked. I find it amazing that any other website would even give a rat’s you-know-what about my book, so I’m digging this.

Soon, very soon, my marketing efforts will involve blabbing about book two in my series, which I really haven’t even talked about yet.

So here is my first mention – Blessed are the Meek comes out a month after Blessed are the Dead and today a good writing buddy told me I should probably start talking about it. Because he’s damn smart, I listened to him, so here you go — Blessed are the Meek can be pre-ordered here and comes out July 8.

Any day now, I will get my edit letter from my editor and will shift gears to get those edits done asap. She made my month last week by telling me she had read it and saying “Bravo!”

But back to today. I am spending the rest of this afternoon — until about 3:30 — doing that post for another website.

Because I’m a wife and mother, my “work day” generally runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. so that is the period of time during my day I will share with you.

Otherwise you would be bored by my account of herding children and other domestic chores and activities.

Stay tuned for tomorrow and don’t forget to see how Matthew Clemens, my partner in this project, did daily on his goals here on his website and here on Facebook.


UPDATE: Hold the phone! New plan! What I’m learning as a debut author is this: THANK GOD for my background as a reporter that required juggling three to four stories a day and shifting constantly from one to another as news breaks and phone calls are returned.

The reason why? I was cranking along on this post for this other website when I got an email from my publicist — (HOLY SMOKES I HAVE A PUBLICIST!!****) — talking to me about a possible promotion opportunity involving writing so … click … shift gears. Then, I get another email telling me I have some time to get back to her on story ideas so I tell her I’ll do so next week and shift BACK to what I was originally working on.

And believe me, I am not complaining. I love this. Love it. Love, love, love.
So until tomorrow, then ….

****Two years ago, saying the word “my agent” blew my mind. Six months ago, saying the word “my editor” blew my mind. Now, saying “my publicist” — blows my mind! The fact that I have all three right now = mind BLOWN.

Writing 2,500 (achieved 1,200)
Walking 1 mile (achieved .75 mile)

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12 Responses to Fully Exposed – Day One

  1. Kristi

    HI Steph,
    If you read my blog more, you’ll get sick of seeing how I organize my day. What is super exciting to me is that being a debut author means juggling a lot of different projects and different books and while that is more complicated it is a sign of GOOD THINGS HAPPENING. Yay! Hope you are well. As soon as I can come up for air (Saturday) will treat myself to a relaxing look at your blog, which is always an inspiration to me! xoxo

  2. Stephanie

    This was interesting peeking into the order of your day. I always wonder how people organize their schedules and discipline themselves into accomplishing what needs to be done.

  3. Kristi

    Pavliska, every word you write brightens my day and makes me laugh. Sort of like that Sam Bohrman.

    My dad can match yours. Is that a challenge?

    Said laundry still sits forlorn waiting for someone to fold it. (Maybe if I wait long enough family members will just run out of clothes and have to forage in clean piles and then it will disappear that way?) Worth a shot.

  4. Carol Pavliska

    Let’s try this again, shall we? My DAY matched yours in that I did laundry. I do not know if our dads match. But now I’m curious.

  5. Carol Pavliska

    My dad has matched yours exactly in that I did laundry ;).

  6. Kristi

    Thanks Pamela! I know I’m very lucky to be in this position where I do have the day to do these things. My husband is my biggest supporter. I’m so lucky!

  7. Pamela A. Oberg

    Great post, Kristi! I love your day, and I am filled with envy (the good kind, if that’s possible). I’m looking forward to these posts.

  8. Kristi

    Haha! Yeah, I do have some organizational skills. I tend to call them OCD traits, but whatever works, right?

  9. Kristi

    Thanks so much, Michael!

  10. Michael Kelberer

    Great start, Kristi! Like your blogging style!

  11. Matthew Clemens

    Organization…you have it, I could probably use it. :::rings doorbell::: “Hello, neighbor, may I borrow a cup of organization?”