My Days as an Indie Author

Not necessarily in this order, but I do try!
I have read that a lot of authors get up before the sun rises. I have to admit, I’m selfish. I have to sleep until 5:45.
At 5:45 I stumble out of bed and pour my coffee. My teen and I grumble at eachother and head toward our separate bathrooms to shower. (I have a tankless water heater, so we both can shower at the same time without running out of hot water. The best money I have spent!) We meet back in the kitchen, refill of coffee for me, say good morning and I get a quick hug.
6:30 I wake up my husband. He is not a morning person, either!
Now my time gets scattered – A lot of mornings my husband catches a ride to work with a friend. I also need to keep an ear out for when my teen is ready to leave for school. (I cheat, the water heater is next to my bedroom so I can hear when he’s done brushing his teeth, then I give him about 10 minutes before he leaves.) 
This is the 10 minutes I have to throw on my makeup and get dressed. 
I give my teen a hug and a peck on the neck (I’m no longer allowed to give him a kiss on the cheek, because “Aw, Mom, I’m way too old for that!”) I wish him a great day then throw together breakfast and lunch for my husband. 
My husbands friend arrives and they leave for work. 
I take a quick breath then get on the computer to check my email, while putting on my shoes to take the dog out for a walk. Our dog, of course, is whining underfoot, because she’s ready to go. She does this every morning.
I have a 85 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, lion hunter! We have some great trails around here to walk on, or hike. When we’re walking and she’s leashed I hope, hope, hope we don’t see any bunny rabbits. She loves chasing them! Needless to say, I have one really strong arm from holding her back. We see at least 2 when she’s leashed and very rarely see them when we’re out hiking-go figure! Our walks/ hikes take 45 to 60 minutes. We’re both ready for nap when we get home.
I am very lucky. I only work part time right now. 
On the days I have to go to work, the most I get done at home is checking my email.
On the days I get to work from home I need to get housecleaning, errands, yard work… shoved into my schedule. Then comes reading all of the awesome blogs and articles I need to; especially about what it takes to be an indie author, writing, self-promotion, marketing, etc. I do this in spurts, in between everything else I’m trying to accomplish.
Thank You all for the much needed information!

I try to keep my reading other blogs and checking email to a 2 hour minimum every day, but I will look at the clock and realize my time has been up for a while. And then there’s  social media. The more groups I join the more time I spend in those groups. I know this is a good thing, but at the same time I have rotten time management skills when I’m working from home.

Finally I get to write! Once I start writing I really lose track of time. I need a timer that screams at me to start dinner, but I can’t just stop in the middle of a paragraph either, or I’ll lose that scene!

Thank Goodness my teen gets home around 4:00 to remind me that he is starving, which is always. If he doesn’t come home at that time I forget to make dinner.

Unfortunately, I don’t get to write as often as I would like because time slips away from me very easily.

After I get everyone fed it’s family time or reading time, depending on the night. Most nights, if I can make it to bed by 9:30 or 10:00, I’m happy. This is the time the scene’s for my books come to life. I keep a notebook by my bed every night so I can shake myself awake and write these ideas down!

I have tried to put myself on some kind of schedule, ha, ha, but for the life of me I can’t seem to get there!

Lilach Bullock sent me a link the other day for time management. Thank You Lilach! Here is her link: http://www.socialable.co.uk/too-much-to-do-and-not-enough-time/ for anyone interested.
I have glanced over the post and I am going to set something up, hopefully this weekend.
Lynn Thompson




Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: www.Lynnthompsonbooks.com Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlakeAMontanaDaytonNovel Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lynnthompsonbooks

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