Like most people, my life is hectic. Though I am a writer by night, in my muggle life, I am a registered nurse, a single mom to an eighteen year old daughter and I sometimes teach online in the evenings. My week days are mostly devoted to taking care of my patients and keeping up with my social media. If I’m lucky and not too wiped out from my day, I try to get some writing done at night before I pass out. So, to spare you some of the often gross but hilarious parts of my weekdays as a nurse, I thought I would share with you what a typical writing day looks like for me.
I usually get the majority of writing done on weekends so I try to wake up by eight o’clock. Why so early on a Saturday? Because I know how long it takes me to actually sit down at my desk. Actually, I should say I know how long it takes for me to start writing at my desk because I’m a master at sitting at my desk and procrastinating, as you will soon see.
My morning usually goes like this. Wake up, and put on my glasses so I can actually see. I then, without getting out of bed, turn on my phone and immediately check and respond to all of my social media accounts. All of them. That takes about half an hour. I will then scrape my tangled hair into a messy bun and blearily shuffle to my office where I will turn on my Pandora music and start the arduous process of moving all the crap I need to write from the bedroom to my office. This includes my soft grey blanket to drape over my chair (I go nowhere in my house without my blanket, I am attached to my blanket like Linus from Charlie Brown), my laptop, my laptop charger, my cell phone, my cell phone charger and sometimes my lap desk. Why would I need a lap desk in my actual office? Because though I have a desk, it’s mostly just a foot rest while I work from the laptop in my lap.
Once I have settled all of my things into my office, I will make my first of many cups of coffee and then settle into my chair. I am then set upon by two tiny Chihuahua’s who want to be held while I write. This proves difficult because there is only enough room for one Chihuahua and my laptop, so I must then rig a strange contraption where I put a dog bed in a separate office chair and put Chihuahua number two in that but then make sure it is close enough for said dog not to feel slighted. Once that task is completed I open up my work in progress and then ignore it in lieu of checking my social media again, usually for another two hours.
Once that’s finished, it’s usually time for a Starbuck’s run. At this point, my spawn and her girlfriend have usually woken and ask to ride along. Once in the car, we argue about what music to listen to, we compromise, we sing loudly and, eventually, we caffeinate. Back at the house, we part ways and I go back into my office, turn up the music and hope that my characters are finally ready to speak to me.
When I finally do start writing, I can stay in front of my computer for twenty minutes or twelve hours and I have no idea of knowing which it’s going to be. On a good day, I will get lost in my world and look up disoriented wondering how long I’ve been at it, on a bad day I get nothing done or worse I get nothing useable out of the hours I’ve worked. After three years and two books, I can safely say this is my writing process and it’s not likely to change anytime soon. I wonder how many other authors out there spend as much time procrastinating as I do.
About Dark Dream and Dead Things
Dark Dream and Dead Things (Dead Things #2)
by Martina McAtee
Publication Date: July 15th 2016
Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend.
Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.
Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.
An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever.
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About the Author
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughters, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. She wrote her first story when she was five with an orange crayon on a legal pad she stole from her mom’s office. She’s been writing ever since. Her influences include Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Joss Whedon, L.J. Smith and even J.K. Rowling. Living in South Florida provides her with plenty of material for the weird worlds she writes about. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows involving reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.