Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blog Tour Daughters of Night Possession: Author Feature and Giveaway

Today we have a great guest post for you.  Its for our author features Day in the Life post.  Enjoy! 

A Day in My Life by author Ashley Torbeck

We as humans are creatures of habit, developing daily routines and giving ourselves a sense of organization amidst the chaos. My sense of organization flew out the window a while back, and it took my sanity with it, so if anyone sees them running around, please let me know.

That being said, I actually do a fair amount of stuff throughout the day, despite the lack of formal employment. Here’s a little insight into my day when I’m not in crunch mode:

7:45am – Drag my still sleeping self out of bed, throw on the first clothes I can find in the dark, and take the dog out.

8:00am – Fill up the sink, grab the mop, and clean up the accidents from the night, then put down fresh puppy pads (we’re still working on housebreaking him).

8:10am – Crawl back into bed, startling my husband with how cold my feet are after wearing flip-flops to take the dog out in freezing weather, giggle at his reaction, then go back to sleep.

9:00am – Wake up to a cat pouncing on my head or stomach, demanding attention or running from the dog, mindlessly pet the cat until I fall asleep again.

9:10am – Alarm clock goes off, and I elbow my husband to shut it up, once he does, I crawl out of bed and take the dog out again.

9:30a – Plop down in my corner seat of the couch, turn on the TV and find a cartoon to watch, grab the laptop, and catch up on my social media.

10:00am – Wake up my husband, since he turned the alarm off and went back to sleep, and is now running late, then return to the laptop and strike up a conversation with whoever is available while watching TV in the background

11:30am – Finally remember I’m supposed to eat, and go fix a late breakfast/early lunch, and as soon as it’s ready to eat the dog tells me it’s time to go out again, take dog out, neighbor comes over and starts showering him with affection and he puts on a show for her.

12:00pm – Get back inside and warm my food back up, eat, start working on blog and/or one of my works-in-progress stories, work for a couple of hours.

2:00pm – Take the dog out again, grab a snack, play referee when the dog and cat start playing and get too rough, watch a little TV while trying to keep the peace.

4:00pm – Dog finally falls asleep, I fix a late lunch, then I return to writing, check my sales, and catch up on the blogs I follow.

6:00pm – Take out the dog again, get off my lazy bum and tidy up my house.

7:00pm – Back at the computer again, investigating random thoughts and ideas, frequently involving Chupachabra, and watch some TV while writing.

9:00pm – Start harassing my husband to find out when he’s coming home

10:00pm – My husband finally makes it home, I fix dinner while he takes the dog out again, and we talk for a bit while we eat dinner.

11:00pm – More computer time, researching marketing strategies and networking, catch up my emails, and update Facebook while my husband watches something I’m not interested in.

12:00am – Go to bed.

2:00am – Wake up for a bathroom break, remind the hubby to take the dog out before he comes to bed.

2:30am – Wake up randomly.

3:00am – Wake up randomly.

4:00am – Wake up randomly.

4:30am – Wake up, go wake up my husband and make him come to bed, sometimes take the dog out.

5:30am – Wake up to the cat teasing the dog and getting angry, play peacekeeper.

6:00am – Wake up for another bathroom break, then sleep till the day starts over.

In case it’s not completely obvious, I tend to suffer from insomnia a bit. At least, I think it’s insomnia, but it could just be the animals waking me up and I don’t realize it. Either way, I’m a very tired person! But this is just my schedule when I’m not near a deadline and not writing furiously, so I have a lot of down time. When I have a deadline approaching or I’m in writing mode, all that TV time, goofing off, and randomness gets replaced by writing. I guess that’s how I was able to completely rewrite Daughters of Night: Possession, in just two weeks-I procrastinate and operate best under pressure!

Now, before anyone gets jealous of all that down time, keep in mind, I have very few friends and am turning into a hermit. Before long, I’ll probably be a humpback crone with warts on my face who weighs 800 lbs. and has a debilitating fear of sunlight. Nobody wants that. Plus, it can get really boring. My house actually stays semi-clean now, though!

Before I go, I want to give a huge thank you to the readers of this blog, and to Ali’s Bookshelf, as well as its contributors, for having me here today! It’s been such an awesome experience so far, and I hope it keeps going! Ali’s Bookshelf, you’re so very kind for having me, a million thank you’s! May each of you be blessed with as much love and insanity as your minds can handle!

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