The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce
August 6, 2013
A day in the life.
Monday 29th April
Does my day start when I get up, or when I wake up?
Small boy dragged me out of bed at the crack of sparrow because he had wet the sheets (we’re having a phase). Considered changing the bed then and there, but decided to just put his pillow at the other end and leave it till morning.
Husband got up to leave for work, leaving me asleep (ish). He’ll be gone for the rest of the week (like always), back on Friday.
Spend a bit of time lying in bed planning plot points for my next novel, I’m excited about it and a couple of chapters in, but lacking the time to really get going right now.
My alarm actually goes off at 745am. Not too shabby. Small boy is already waiting at my door with his ‘friends’ – an armful of cuddly toys - which he will shortly dump in my bed in exchange for my iPhone. His sister is hot on his heels.
I allow them to lounge in my bed for fifteen minutes while I get sorted, then I kick small girl out to get ready for school (she’s seven). Small boy gets a slightly longer lounge then I help him get dressed and do Maisie’s hair.
I make breakfast for the kids and the cat and, while the kids eat, I empty the wet laundry out of the machine and refill it with Riley’s bedding. Then I hang it up while they clean their teeth.
School drop off at 845, inevitably I get home, realise I have forgotten Maisie’s bag and have to go back and drop it at the office, small boy in tow.
No preschool today (but there will be for the rest of the week), so Riley and I go home. He retreats to the playroom to play with his Batcave, I get to go and clean the kitchen, hang up the laundry and make myself a cup of tea.
Realise we have run out of everything, get Riley on his scooter and zip to the Co-op at the end of the road for a food shop.
Riley talks me into a Mike the Knight magazine so when we get home I check my emails and then spend a couple of hours with him reading his magazine and doing the activities (lots of letter and number work, he’s getting great at his reading).
He wants tofu with Chinese noodles for lunch (one of his favourites), so I make that. Then clean up while he eats.
After lunch a few more emails, then Riley and I spend an hour making thirty ghost charms to go out with the ARC copies of my book, The Weight of Souls. When my fingers are really aching from twisting wire around leather and I’m wondering why I thought of the crazy idea, my friend (and Riley’s Godmother) Jane, drops in with her lovely little girl. A welcome distraction and just enough time for a quick chat before we head off for school pick up.
Maisie has a violin lesson tonight, so snacks and a run-through of her pieces, then all piled into the car to go to her teacher’s house. Distracting Riley with the iPhone while she plays and the teacher hands me a giant bill. Sigh.
While I’m out, the copy-edited version of The Weight of Souls arrives, I am a bit nervous to read it. This represents my last chance to make any changes. Still, I send it to my kindle and take a deep breath.
Then tea – home-made turkey curry and rice for the children, vegetable cous-cous for me (I’m vegetarian).
While the kids have a bit of television (Ben 10 and Phineas and Ferb) I sneak off to plan a lesson for Wednesday morning (I’m going into Maisie’s school to help her class with their creative writing). I answer a few more emails (I’m organising a blog tour for my book launch), check out a couple of blogs and wish I had time to read a few more of the brilliant posts on the blogger’s sites.
Then I clean the kitchen, sort the clean laundry and whip around the playroom putting superheroes back in their box.
After that it’s time for the bath and bedtime routine (teeth, stories, listening to Maisie’s reading etc.).
Finally, when the kids are asleep (730pm or thereabouts) I get to do a bit of work. I write this blog post, plan a few changes to my ‘school visits’ PowerPoint presentation and start to proof-read my copy edit.
Tomorrow Riley will be at preschool all morning. I’ll have a bit of time to write down this morning’s plot points and hopefully finish my read through.
I have time for one television programme. Agonising choice between Game of Thrones and Supernatural (working my way through series four right now), made with a small glass of wine. Then discover that small Pearces have hidden the TV remote. Consider waking them up and shaking location out of them. Sigh. Give up and do a bit more proofreading instead.
It occurs to me that I’d get more ‘work’ done if I hired a cleaner.
Riley starts school in September. I’m going to miss him like mad, but I’m going to be extremely productive too!
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