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My Average Day as a Writer

27 Dec

I want to thank Honyas Bookshelf for reviewing Minutes Before Sunset. Honya is a fantastic blogger and book reviewer. Please check out her website. Her review on her blog is available by clicking the link. It begins, “Forget everything you think you know about the battle between Light and Dark–the stories have it all wrong.”

If you’re looking for a FREE book for your Kindle or other e-reader, I’m giving away copies of Minutes Before Sunset (book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy) in exchange for an honest review.

Feel free to email me at shannonathompson@aol.com or message me on my Facebook Author Page.

Happy holidays! Happy reading!

Since we’re in-between holidays, I really wanted to share a light and funny post, so I decided to share pictures from my average day as a writer – which you will find below. (I’ll probably do a more serious post on my average day as a writer another day.) But I hope you enjoy my chaotic life as much as I do.

1. Wake up and make coffee: this is only the beginning of my caffeinated life.

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2. Desk Time: Once I’ve had enough Morning Joe, I return to my bedroom and stare at my desk. If you’ve been following me since January, then you might remember this photo of my desk from “What’s On Your Desk?

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But this is what my desk looks like currently:

What can I say? Finals might as well have been a bomb going off.

What can I say? Finals might as well have been a bomb going off.

3. Rethink desk time: Since I don’t feel like organizing it, I set up shop in the living room. Whether I’m doing social media work for AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. or writing, I LIVE on this chair.

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Do you see the cat-shaped coffee mug?

4. Now that I’m settled down, I need more coffee. (Tea is okay, too.) Did you notice the Elvis coffee mug?

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5. I also need pens – so I search through my purse that might as well be the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Until I find pens. They MUST be black, G2 pens.

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6. Now, we write, and we write a lot.

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7. After writing even more, we finally cuddle with Bogart the cat. He’s been waiting.

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8. And now I need more coffee.

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9. So it’s late, and I generally go to a local hookah house – where I continue my writing adventures.

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10. Don’t worry. When I get home, there’s no more coffee for me. Just the sweet ending to a wonderful day of writing and the beginning of a new one.

~SAT

Gifts for Readers and Writers

7 Dec

Today, I did an interview with Rusty’s Reading. One question was what my top three bucket list things are. I said, “Visit Japan, write a memoir, and…” You can read it here.

Minutes Before Sunset is also being featured on YA Book Deals. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a free ebook! 

I’m glad everyone enjoyed the interview I did with Andrew Vogel, an actor on Under the Dome on CBS. I really enjoyed his take on creativity and living your passion to follow your dreams. But, today, I am talking about something seasonal. Since the holidays are near, I thought it’d be fun to share gift ideas for writers and readers for everyone who has one (or multiple of them) in their life. We all know about the common e-reader, but I thought I’d add a few more:

1. Gifts for writing, of course: I think most writers love office supplies: notebooks, notepads, pens, etc.

Join me on FB!

Join me on FB!

Anything to do with the office will probably be appreciated. Only be weary of that some writers are very specific on what they use. For instance, I only use G2 pens. So if you’re weary about office supplies, you can consider library fun for the office: bookshelves, bookends, desk lamps, etc. I promise you, libraries are getting really creative today. Just check out all the kinds of bookends and articles like 10 Crazy Cool Bookshelves. If you’re good with tools, a lot of these ideas can be built by yourself.

2. Editing software: Editors are expensive every time you use one. If you have software, you only pay once. (This doesn’t mean I am advising people not to use editors. In fact, I think everyone should. But having additional software before you send it off to the editor is great!) Software is also something I’ve also enjoyed using and testing out for companies. I’ve actually done a review of both Dragon Dictate and Grammarly on this website. And, yes, I own both now, and I use them on a regular basis.

3. It doesn’t have to always be for writing: thanks to those personalized gifts websites, anyone can write anything on mugs, calendars, t-shirts, pens, coffee mugs (yum!) and more. How great would it be to get one of your favorite quotes or books (or even your own novel) on a coffee mug? That’d be an encouraging way to start off the morning.

When "November Snow" was published, my father surprised me with this gift: the printed cover inside a silver frame.

When “November Snow” was published, my father surprised me with this gift: the printed cover inside a silver frame.

4. Vintage: Readers and writers alike might enjoy vintage things about their favorite novels or even their favorite writing tools. Think of old quills, typewriters, first editions, roll-top desks, reading lights, etc.

5. Gifts don’t always have to cost money. If you have a writer in the family, read their latest work. In a card, tell them you read it and what you thought about it. This will be greatly appreciated from many writers, especially if you haven’t been able to read anything of theirs before. If you have a reader in the family, this concept works again. Read their favorite book or promise to read so many novels a year with them. Look at it as a book club. It’ll help connect you and who knows? Maybe you’ll discover more things about writing and reading than you thought.

Related Websites:

CafePress: Unique Writers Gift Ideas

25 Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use

12 Affordable Gifts for Readers

GoneReading: Gifts for Readers

Have fun shopping! But, more importantly, enjoy the holidays! 

~SAT

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