Wake up -- I'm actually impressed this happens at a reasonable hour. I don't set an alarm but I've learned that I pretty much get out of bed just after JP leaves the house in the morning (which can throw me off if he leaves early for a meeting). He still doesn't believe this is the case (me actually getting out of bed) and he's been known to email me when he gets to work to see if I'm at my computer.1 He doesn't know I put my iPhone on the bedside table because I'm wise to this trick of his :)
Some mornings I'll read in bed because sometimes that's the only time I'll get to read all day and I've fallen SO VERY BEHIND. Or because I'm reading a book I can't put down which is always an awesome experience. Once I'm up, I drag on clothes -- whatever's handy (aka yoga pants and a t-shirt).
Let the dog in. Give the dog his pills. Follow dog around to ensure he swallows said pills (usually not a problem).
Check email -- I'd like to do what John Scalzi has done and put a moratorium on email until after my words are written but... I'm not that disciplined (yet - I live in hope). Checking email first leads to wails of despair at how very far behind I am and then I try to get through some of them. I might spend an hour on this. At the end I've accomplished much less than I feel I should have.
Listen to cat barf. Finish up email real quickly before going to clean up barf. Forget about barf.
Cook breakfast -- lately I've been on an eggs kick. So I go cook eggs and then eat them while reading the news. Send snippets of news to JP which inevitably start email conversations that trickle back and forth through the day.
Remember cat barf -- go find it and clean it. Ignore Dog's sad look that I wouldn't let HIM be the one to clean up cat barf because in his world that's considered a delicacy. Let dog out.
Check to-do list -- yes, sometimes I add things to my list just so I can check them off and feel accomplished. Here's a sampling of my current to-do list:
- sign and mail books to editor
- mail books from contests (figure out contests and what to mail)
- send paperwork to mortgage company for refinance
clean house for appraisal(took a solid day)
- design/order tour schwag
update website(yay! it's in the works!)
- email two friends to set up dinner/lunch
- taxes (collect and organize all data -- print out bank statements)
take Jake to vet for hip analysis(turns out he has a torn ACL, which means I must research repair options and schedule surgery)
- figure out how to get people to new facebook page
- answer interviews (STOP AVOIDING some interview questions just because I'm crazy late on them and so very very embarrassed)
set up goodreads contest (figure out if page was fixed). Check in on Goodreads contest, tweet about it.
- check in on contracts for secret project (yes, SECRET PROJECTS!!!)
- call for estimates on home repair
Try not to stress about phone interview from newspaper. Keep checking the clock to make sure I am Prepared and Ready for phone call when it comes. Do interview, totally enjoy it and hang up with sense of excitement and glee.
Agent's emailed back! Engage in banter with him about exciting idea. Remember yet again how much I adore my agent (Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich). Day dream about exciting idea.
Or, due to aforementioned timing, just turn on the xBox kinect and dance :) Dance, dance, DANCE! Realize how out of shape I am after fifth pass through Poker Face and pledge to hit the gym tomorrow. Or, if it's a gorgeous day, I'll take a walk (can't wait for dog's knee to be fixed so he can join me again).
Spend two hours trying to cobble HTML into a facebook landing page (it worked! Check it out here! And while you're there you could always hit the like button :)
I shall have more to say on this topic soon (and feel free to ask any questions in the comments!)
1 BTW, he doesn't really check in on me to make sure I'm working -- this is really a joke between JP and I more than anything else. I'm extremely lucky that, because he also writes, JP understands the ins and outs of my job and is phenomenally supportive.