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Monday Mayhem – Behind the curtain

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by Margaret Ethridge   5 Comments | Posted in Blog

Here’s the thing no one tells you when you start down this road: There are times when being an author is mind-bogglingly tedious. It’s true. The making up stories and writing them down is just a teensy-tiny little bit of what an author does day in and day out.


Sunday was a perfect example. Here’s a brief rundown of how I spent my day:

1) Replied to blog post comments.

2) Shared links on social media pages.

3) Wrote additional scene for story I’m revising.

4) Updated links on websites.

5) Entered author and book data for upcoming app release.

6) Adapted a manuscript to fit a house style guide.

7) Wrote this blog post.

8) Email correspondence.

And though I’ve clocked over 2,000 words today, not one of these things has resulted in fresh new story being added to my work in progress. And when one only has about 2-3 hours of author time per night…well, you get the picture.

So yeah, this is turning into a half-assed want ad for an assistant. One willing to work for peanuts. Literally. I’ve got a bag of Beer Nuts here for the lucky victim uh, volunteer. Apply in the comments below.

Oh, and I was serious about the peanuts.

So, tell me, if you could hire someone to handle any aspect of your life for you, what would it be?


5 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Behind the curtain"

  1. Comment by evelynjules
    April 21, 2014 at 9:08 am  

    I will work for peanuts and all peanut-associated products. But I think you know that already. 😉 I would like to hire someone to ensure my athletic attire is clean, pressed, and presentable before every sport I partake in.

    • Comment by Margaret Ethridge
      April 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm  

      That would be a noble task indeed!

  2. Comment by Carol
    April 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm  

    Every now and then I get very ambitious and make lists and sit in front of the computer for hours, answering this and that. I feel so virtuous as I tick the things off my list. And then I realize I’ve accomplished nothing tangible. Bummer. So I can only imagine how frustrating those tasks are for you when all you want to do is write!
    In a perfect life, I’d have someone who would be my telephone interceptor. Someone to pick up the phone when it rings so I wouldn’t have to. And not only answering the phone, but placing calls and making appointments for me too. I dread doing that — like breaking out in a cold sweat dread. (Only at home — I’m perfectly fine doing such things at work.) Weird, I know, but Jewels understands!

  3. Comment by Margaret Ethridge
    April 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm  

    I am a phonophobe too, so I am right there with you!

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