Recently, things haven't gone to plan. I was asking too much of myself and some of my other commitments completely took over my life until all the bits I actually love, like writing were completely missing. I just didn't have time.
So I'm currently re-evaluating my life. How I can support myself financially whilst still having time for the things I love most in the world, my family, friends and books. This post is supposed to give you some insight into what my life looks like but right now it's a little topsy turvy and I'm not following my usual routine. I'm not one for sharing personal stuff usually but recently, I've been going through some stuff and I've actually been suffering from depression. I'm working through it and writing is a big part of what makes my life easier to love. So here goes, right now, here is a day in the life of Hanleigh Bradley, a part time author who hasn't got it all worked out.
4am - Finally fell asleep after thinking of all the things I needed to do the next day. No exaggeration. I wrote a list.
11am - Woke up but refused to get out of bed. I'm not working today so I don't need to get out of bed for at least another twenty minutes.
11:30am - I'm being told to get up, because otherwise I'll be late for my lunch plans with my family - can't miss Sunday dinner! Shock horror. It's like a British essential.
12pm - I finally get out of bed and rush to get ready to go to my grandparents house for Sunday Roast.
12:40pm - We eat our Roast Dinner. It was bloody brilliant. We weren't late, just in case you were worried.
13:45pm - We drop my brother and his girlfriend off at the station so they can get the train home so they can be back in time for work tomorrow.
14:00pm - I buy chocolate! And Pepsi! These are my writing essentials.
14:20pm - I put the TV on and curl up with my dogs and my laptop and spend a bit of time catching up with everything that I've missed on my website, facebook and twitter pages whilst I've been gone.
15pm - I consider writing. I write perhaps half a chapter before calling break time. This is routine... I'll have an excuse ready just in case any one asks. Better to be safe than sorry.
15:30pm - Social Media Break. I spend time on my favourite facebook groups and do a few prescriptions on crowdsfire.
16pm - I plan out my month's blog post topics.... lots of staring into space.
17pm - I'm still working on my month's blog posts... still staring into space.
17:30pm - I write a couple of book reviews.
18:30pm - I ask myself why I haven't read a book today... disappointment.
18:35pm - I'm back on social media accepting friend requests and inviting people to like my page. Seriously do I know even half these people???
19pm - Tea Time. Lap top is still out though.
20pm - Writing some of those blogs I've been planning. I get through a full weeks worth and get started on a couple of news letters whilst I'm at it. Now finally after a wasted day I'm on a bit of a roll.
22pm - logically I should go to sleep but sleep eludes me. It's a problem. Nothing helps and certainly not the fact that I'm attached to my laptop.
22:05pm - Instead of sleeping, I check my insights. It's the end of the last week of the month and so I'm checking to see how well I did this month. Better than expected but still massive room for improvement.
22:45pm - More blog post planning and I set up a pre-order for my newest book.
23:30pm - I really must write if I'm going to stay awake or I should try and sleep.
00:00am - No still not asleep and still not writing. Epic fail. But at least, I've scheduled some posts for social media. Everyone needs to market the books they write. I market the books I should be writing.
02am - I am still wide away and am beginning to think I should put the laptop down. It is becoming an addiction. One that I have no control over.
05:50am - the birds are singing and I'm turning off my laptop. Oops. Well done Hanleigh, now you won't sleep properly tomorrow either. And you didn't even get a ton of writing done to show for it.