Anne Louise Bannon is the author of the Old Los Angeles series, the Operation Quickline series, and the Freddie and Kathy 1920s series. You can find out more about her at her website, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and find her books here.
Given that most writers work a day job as well as write their novels, it might seem a little odd that writers need a day off from writing here and there. I know I do. But part of that may be that I mostly write and do research full-time. Also, I work on making my writing as much a business as it is my vocation, which means that I’m spending the better part of my time working on promotions, such as getting ready for the launch of my latest novel, Death of an Heiress, creating content for my two blogs, oh, and actually doing the writing that turns into my various novels.
Which means that on weekends, I try to do things that are not immediately related to my writing business. Such as socializing, which sometimes happens. Or cleaning house, because no matter how much I want to believe that cleaning can wait, when my feet start sticking to the floor and my husband doesn’t have clean underwear, I do have to do something about it.
So… This past weekend. It started with bread baking. Why? Two reasons – I like the bread that I produce more than the commercial stuff, plus it doesn’t get wrapped in plastic that will poison our landfills and/or oceans. Then there is sewing to be done. It’s a different kind of creativity, which helps eventually fuel my writing. Oh, and there are the other chores that are annoying, but do need to be done if I want to… I don’t know. Keep my data safe, like backing up our household computers. We won’t talk about what happens when I don’t get the bathroom clean.
Please note that I am not alone in this process of keeping the house liveable. My husband does a lot of housework, too. It’s just that like most folks who do the nine to five thing, neither of us likes housework, but we recognize that if we don’t, it gets nasty. So, on our respective days off, we do it and also find time to squeeze in other activities that fulfill us as people.
And that’s what this writer does on her days off. Now, back to writing.