From Marcia at facebook.com/theauthorswife:
One of the most common questions that Brian gets asked is about how he schedules his writing time: does he write every day…does he prefer to write in the mornings or evenings or both…does he work 7 days a week…etc. And the answer to that is…being an author means that Brian’s schedule is always changing. Although he does spend his days (mornings and afternoons, but usually not the evenings) busily writing away, that time is often “interrupted” when a new book is coming out. During the months leading up to…and following…a book launch, there’s a lot of activity taking place online and in traveling to bookstores and libraries (and bookclubs) to promote the new book, so we’re in and out and constantly engaged in marketing activities.
But then there are the “off” times…like now. It’s been several months since the last book was released…and it will now be several months until the next one is released. (Of course, it’s available for pre-order now—online or from your local bookseller.) So, it’s actually rather quiet at our house currently. We’re home with “the boys” and living pretty normal lives…which also means taking care of some of the things that get neglected when we’re too busy at other times of the year.
One of those recent activities involved…cleaning out the refrigerator. Yes, one of the days last week when we opened up the fridge…it became immediately obvious that something had…umm…”died.” The smell was overwhelming…so, I took on the task of getting rid of the problem. (Of course now that I think about it, I’m wondering whether Brian used an upcoming manuscript deadline as a way to avoid involvement. Hmmm, I may need to do a little detective work of my own to solve that mystery…!)
Luckily, it turned out that it was NOT the result of Brian doing research on how long a body could be kept in the fridge…but rather, just a package of broccoli that had outlived its “best if used by” date. Thank goodness for lots of “elbow grease,” baking soda, and some good old-fashioned oatmeal…yes, oatmeal…!
I triumphantly told Brian to come and check out my results…which he did. And after complimenting me on my a job well-done, he promptly asked me how the freezer was doing!
I’m pleased to report that yes, we’re still happily—and humorously—married…!