What does a secretary/scribe/editor’s day look like? I wake up at six or seven, make a cup of coffee, sit at the computer and begin to edit. My cell phone is turned off and I live alone. I edit for an hour or two or three and then have breakfast. Then edit until eleven or twelve or one in the afternoon. For a break I run to the post office, or the bank, or the supermarket, though that is last on my list. Then I make lunch and edit again until three or four or five or six. Sometimes my eyes give out. One morning a week I meet friends for breakfast. Three evenings a week I work out at a fitness center. One afternoon I meet with a writer’s group in a home, an intimate affair, a gathering of like-minded friends. I have squeezed in hours of studying marketing tips, relearning Facebook, exploring Twitter, and messaging acquaintances, telling them one book is out and available now. Twice I have had a self-taught computer expert come to help me out. My newly purchased Kindle arrived in the mail yesterday. It needed a WI-Fy thingamabob and another gadget to pick up or send out the signal. It has a name I can’t remember. It’s very cute.
Of course, I’ve no time to read them, but I would like to download a number of books on the Kindle. I usually watch an hour or more of T.V., off and on, after dinner, and go back to the computer until 12:30 or 1 in the morning. By then I’m tired enough to sleep. My mid-morning snack is yoghurt with fruit and cheerios sprinkled on the top, for crunch. In the afternoon it’s a handful of chips and half of a small diet coke. Most Sundays I take the morning off and go to the Healing Center. When there’s no food in the house, I shop. Both the paperback and the e-book had to be revised this week. On page 1 the date read 1998. It is supposed to read 1988. The mistake was mine. There were also a few minor changes. I put the corrected e-book version through at 2 a.m. this morning. The new version is available now. Mail is stacked on the table. I haven’t opened my mail for a week.