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Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Day in My Writing Life

Some of you may know that on every Thursday, a 2011 debut author from The Elevensies shares a blog post about a day in her (or his) writing life. Well, today is my day to, I thought I'd post it here on my blog too. If you'd like to see my post over at the 11sies (which is pretty much the same thing as here), check it out HERE.

This is where the writing happens...

In all honesty, my day to day writing life varies like flavors of jelly beans. Some days I'm lucky to get a bunch of delicious tasting jelly beans. Other days, I'm stuck with the ones that taste like black licorice -- yuck. Since my writing life isn't always predictable (and is sometimes downright snooze-worthy), I thought I'd do something a little different with this post by taking the things that happen most frequently and creating a recipe from them. So, here it goes... hopefully it doesn't taste terrible.

(click picture to enlarge)

Amy's Recipe for A Day in The Writing Life

1 computer
1 semi-comfortable chair
1 authorly behind
*Note* Chocolate consumption for extra authorly behind cushioning is recommended.

3 email accounts plus passwords
2 liters of waiting at room temperature
4 tablespoons of patience, separated
5 social networking site cubes (Blogger, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Myspace)
1 stick of melted internet, I mean browsing
1 wise editor
1 medium rare manuscript
1 peeled work in progress (WIP)
Long to-do list
1 cup of good news (optional)
*Note* Any publishing/writerly progress is considered good news.

Cooking Directions:
Attach 1 authorly behind securely to semi-comfortable chair. Turn on computer to bake. Crack open email accounts with various passwords, read & respond. Pour 2 liters of waiting in a large pot, adding 1 tablespoon of patience at a time as needed; stir and let simmer. In a small bowl of procrastination, dissolve social networking site cubes into the melted stick of internet browsing, mix until well blended. In a separate bowl of quit stalling and get with the program, fully squeeze 1 wise editor for a flavorful marinade. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of wise editor marinade over medium rare manuscript in an 8.5 X 11 nonstick baking dish. Bake until well done. Meanwhile, slice off dead ends and bruises from peeled WIP, and drizzle left over editor marinade on top. Continue to shape and mold WIP until satisfied. All the while, cross off to-do list when appropriate to provide a slight sense of accomplishment. Finally, blend all ingredients together in a large casserole dish. Cook on high for 8-10 hours until crisp. Serve warm.

**For an extra sweet day in the writing life, sprinkle 1 cup of optional good news over the writing casserole before serving.**

My recent sweet good news was getting my first pass pages -- woohoo!

Finally, I shouldn't forget to add that my day in a writing life wouldn't be complete without my four furry, verbally challenged sous-chefs by my side:

Clearly I've watched one too many episodes of Top Chef. Thanks for checking out a day in my writing life. Now I'm hungry.

*Disclaimer* No real editors were squeezed during the making of this day in the writing life.

On a side note, if you'd like to win a fabulous SIGNED copy of Kristin Walker's A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL, don't forget to enter for a chance to win HERE. The winner will be announced on July 30th!

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Blogger Adriana said...

This is the funnest and most creative "Day in the Life of..." And you have the most adorable sous-chefs ever!

July 22, 2010 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Amy Holder said...

Thanks, Adriana! You're so sweet.

And I agree with you about my sous-chefs, although I'm a little biased. :)

July 22, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
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July 23, 2010 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger DL Hammons said...

That way too cute! Your writing area is WAY to neat and organized. You should have included at least a wadded up piece of paper or a half-eaten bagel. :)

July 23, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is adorable and creative.

I wish I could cut down on the social networking site cubes, but I'm all for the internet stalking.

July 23, 2010 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Amy Holder said...

Josh - Thanks for the link. I'll have to check it out.

DL - Haha! Thanks! Funny thing is, my desk is shaped like a big U...and the picture mysteriously only shows the organized section. Trust me, the other portion is a train-wreck.

Medeia - Thanks!
Internet stalking is essential! :)

July 25, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Julie Musil said...

What a delish writing life! Love the dog photos, so cute.

July 25, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger covnitkepr1 said...

Love your chefs...would love to have ALL those licorice jelly beans you don't care for.
I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog. I came across it through another blog I follow. I am now a follower of yours as well. Feel free to look over my blog and perhaps become a follower as well.

July 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Neeko said...

Hey Amy :-)

This is Neeko again...
As you can see, I LOVE networking and this post made me laugh so hard that I got tears coming out of my nostrils...
I'm so glad we met ;-)
Your furry babies are all sooo cutelishious! ♥

August 11, 2010 at 7:02 PM  

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