Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Day in the Life of an author...plus a book giveaway



**Giveaway is now closed**

Lynda Renham-Cook is a part-time writer living in Oxfordshire with her husband and one cat. She also works in the health care field. She talks openly about being childless (not by choice) and offers support to others who are in the same position. Her most recent published novel is Wedding Cake to Turin (also available for Kindle). She has dropped by to share a guest post about a day in her life and also has offered to give away one copy of "Wedding Cake to Turin" anywhere in the world.

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"I Don't Like Mondays"

It is just a few weeks into 2011 and I am ready to kill the cat and cook it for dinner. I joke not. Every afternoon is my writing time. Sadly writing still does not pay enough so that I can stay home and write all day. So, until that day comes I spend all morning in the office and write in the afternoon but as we hit 2011, I realise I am not coping. So, this afternoon I thought I would check out the Gwyneth Paltrow site of how to balance life as a working woman and housewife. I mean, if you can get some celeb advice why not? After all they are just normal women like us, right? Somehow Gwyneth manages to look very serene so she must be well-balanced and organised and her hair always looks great and she never looks harassed. Unlike yours truly, who looks like she has been dragged through a bush. After browsing the very easy to navigate webpage I found a nice article on how GP and her friends get through the day so smoothly. It seems I am doing a lot wrong.
First, it seems, I need to seize ‘Lynda time’. Would that be the time, I wonder, between cleaning up the cat sick and trying to flatten my hair down. Oh no, I see it now I am not getting up early enough. Must change the alarm from 6.30 to 5.30 and if you believe I am doing that you’ll believe anything. Now I have to agree with Gwyneth that exercise is my priority too, but sadly after checking out the cost of a personal trainer I find my measly salary does not quite cover one, so let’s skip that and continue with the old routine of dragging myself from the bed, moaning until I grab my first cup of caffeine. So how does a day in the life of Lynda compare to a celebrity? Be warned, it is sordid and sad and does not have the celeb feel good factor.
Up at 6.30, usually moaning, drag myself downstairs and sit like a zombie on the couch while my husband prepares breakfast. Nothing to healthy about this I am afraid. A bowl of granola with some berries and yogurt, followed by my caffeine shot. A quick shower if there is time. If hubby gets there first then my shower has to wait until I get home. A quick pull up of the hair, earrings plonked on, a speedy look at the time and I am out of the door, forget any make up malarkey or quick email check. It is still dark and cold. I climb into my car and start the harrowing journey to work. This usually involves the odd curse and finger salute when other drivers won’t let me out onto the main road. Then it is a slow crawl to work. I arrive flustered, throw my coat off and sit in front of my computer and panic. It is a new job so I am keen to do well. Today the computer crashed and I didn’t get half my work done. Sheer depression drives me to a chocolate biscuit. I leave work much later than I should and decide not to get shopping on the way home as I really need to finish an article. I arrive home in a rush, walk into the house and come face to face with carnage. It looks like a murder spree took place while I was out. Dead birds litter the floor and feathers are sticking to the furniture. Wet dirty paw prints are all over the floor and the kitchen units. I scream at the cat who flees outside. I look at the clock and realise that I am already running late and I have not had lunch yet. I curse the cat again and shout out of the window he is dead meat if he returns. I search through the shed for the spade to clear up the birds and remember my darling husband still has it since the snow drifts. I curse again and spend a good thirty minutes getting up the courage to pick up the dead birds with kitchen towel. Finally, I hoover up and wash the floor. I decide to skip lunch and just have a yogurt. Finally I jump in the shower and then go to make a cup of tea. I cannot find the tea as my husband has muddled up all the boxes. I curse again and go upstairs to get clothes. On the bed are my husband’s clothes thrown across the bed. I curse again and then feel the tears start. Why can’t people make an effort? I really am not sure if I am including the cat in this. At last, almost two hours after arriving home I sit down, take two painkillers for a headache and finish my article. Soon it will be time to cook dinner. The cat sleeps contently on the couch again, his massacre obviously a distant memory now and I sit with the song “I don’t like Monday’s” going over and over in my head while pointing a shotgun at him.


Thanks again to Lynda for sharing her day with us and for offering the book for the giveaway.


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1. Please tell us: What is your LEAST favorite day of the week and why?
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Giveaway ends Monday, February 21st at midnight EST

72 comments:

Jooparelli said...

Not entering, just saying thanks for posting about this book. I was going to enter but I'm impatient--just bought it on kindle instead!

Melissa said...

glad we could inspire you to buy a book you really wanted. :) enjoy!

PoCoKat said...

My least favorite day of the week is Monday because it is hard to get back to routine.

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Belong to Chick Lit Central on Facebook.

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Old GFC follower

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PoCoKat said...

My crazy cat starts tapping the alarm clock on the night stand before it goes off in the morning.

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shanaelyse said...

Would love to win this!
My least favorite day is Sunday, because it causes me to produce so much anxiety over the misery that Monday might bring; I can't even enjoy the last day of the weekend because I'm so anxious!
One of my silly kitties actually climbs doors. Like, he shimmies up the edge of the door and balances atop it.
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BRN2SHOP9 said...

My least favorite day of the week is Monday. It means that the craziness begins again!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

My friends pet ate all of her clinical hour forms.

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I follow via facebook

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Laceynicole2622 said...

I would love to be entered.
1) Laceymatt26@yahoo.com
2) My least favorite day of the week is wednesday. I feel most tired that day because it is the middle of the week and it's my hardest day of school!
3)My pet once ate a pillow. Yes a pillow. There were pillow pieces all over the house when we got home that day.
4) I follow this blog

Heather said...

Hmm...I don't really have a least favorite day of the week since I am not working right now. Every day is fun!
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Heather said...

My cat does a lot of crazy things, but one night she caught a gecko that had gotten in the house and bit off his tail!
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Heather said...

I am a follower!
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I shared on facebook!
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Mystica said...

Least favourite day is always Monday - I hate to get back to the routine of work.

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Darlene said...

Hi there, I've got this posted over at Win a Book for you. No need to enter me.

Kristine said...

It's a tie between monday and wednesday. Monday always feels different to me and it is an adjustment to the day and the week. Wed because it seems to take forever to get to the weekend.


all my pets do silly crazy things...my 4yr old kitteh likes to beg like a dog and the baby kitteh will literally climb the walls I have to get her to stop. my parrot loves elmo and hearing spanish.

Linda Kish said...

My son's basset hound eats whatever she can find. Unfortunately that usually follows with a trip to the vet and high vet bills. She ate Gorilla Glue once....not a good thing. That stuff expands when it gets wet and can require major surgery. Fortunately, that didn't need to be dome.

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Carol N Wong said...

I used to have a least favorite day when I was working and it was Monday of course but now that I am retired, they are all great!


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Carol N Wong said...

I have two cockatiels, Squeaky and Speckles. There is a TV show that we watch occaisonllay that has a very loud eagles screech before the beginnng of the show. Speckles always screeches back no matter where he is.


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Carol N Wong said...

I am a long time follower.

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Carol N Wong said...

I tweeted. My Twitter name is Carolee.

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susana said...

1)My FAVOURITE day of the week: Saturday, my least favourite day: Monday, you always have to change the routine... uf uf.... get up earlier..
2) I don't have a pet but a friend of mine had a cat who was crazy and always was jumping over the wall in the hall entrance and was because of his SHADOW, plays with himself, jeje
3)Follower of Chick Lit Central: The blog
4)Put in my FB frontpage
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PS: Sorry for the english, it is not very good, jeje

Tiffany said...

enter me please!
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Tiffany said...

Favorite day is Friday because that is when the weekend starts and I have a chance to relax with my family and read!!

Tiffany said...

My rabbit killed itself. Suicidal bunny. No joke, it was horrifying. We had a oudoor pen with a covered ramp. the bunny somehow got on top of the ramp roof and tried to jump out of the pen fence which was a good distance... at least 4-5 feet... didn't make it. fell on her back and broke her spine which of course killed her instantly. I saw it... the crazy thing is .. she tried stuff like this all the time. The rabbit was crazy insane. It wasn't good enough to just eat carrots and lettuce while gingerly hopping...

CarrieM said...

My favorite day is Thursday, a morning to myself! In theory!

Tiffany said...

Here is my facebook share
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oh and email is the same for my day of week and bunny story!

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Im a facebook fan!
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Anonymous said...

My least favorite day of the week is Monday because there is too much left of the week to go through after that.

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ADR said...

Wednesday is my least favorite. Two down but still two to go.

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My dog ate a bag of potpourri.

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Kat said...

It really all depends on the week... there isn't one consistent day I don't like.

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Kat said...

Every day with Piper is something new... she does lots of little silly things... playing with the newspaper while it's being read, perching on my shoulder all the time... if anything crinkles, she has to be there!

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Kat said...

Already follow this blog.

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Already a member of CLC.

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Posted to Facebook.

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Jonita said...

Least favourite day? Mondays for sure. I only have my hubby home for the entire day on Sundays so Monday means back to work!!

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Jonita said...

Our only pet is a Betta Fish, but I swear that he has a personality! When my husband talks to him in a low, gravelly voice the fish comes out of his little castle and gets mad at him.

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Jonita said...

I am a GFC follower.

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I follow you on Facebook.

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I have posted this on my sidebar at http://book-chic.blogspot.com.

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anjibeane said...

My least favorite day of the week, this week, is every day I'm not having this baby, who was "due" yesterday :)

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anjibeane said...

My little green macaw got out of the house once, when his flight feathers had just grown in, and started dive bombing the other birds in the sky. He ended up in a tree a couple of blocks away, and my hubby had to climb up and get him. We found the little green turd because he was up there saying "good boy? apple?". Now we make sure to lock the doors when he's outside of his cage... and he says a lot more of "You're a BRAT!" than "good boy".

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anjibeane said...

I'm a follower :)

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Shared on facebook :)

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I'm a member of Chick Lit Central on facebook :)

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Jeryl M. said...

The craziest thing my pet ever did was jump in the bathtub when there was water in it.

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Jeryl M. said...

I am a follower of this blog.

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Jeryl M. said...

I am a follower of this blog.

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Jeryl M. said...

I am a facebook follower.

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Tiffany Drew said...

My least favorite day of the week is Monday. I hate having to get up early to get the kids to school after sleeping late on the weekend!

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Tiffany Drew said...

My dogs learned how to open the refrigerator door and help themselves. One day they opened it up, let my cat in to eat the pork chops and closed it behind her, trapping her in there for a few hours. She survived, but never fully recovered from it. We ended up having to put a lock on the fridge to keep them out!

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Tiffany Drew said...

I follow on GFC :)

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Tiffany Drew said...

I follow on Facebook :)

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Shared on Facebook!

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Tweeted :)

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Patricia said...

1) By far, my least favorite day is Monday. I'm working basically two full time jobs (just started out as a realtor) and Monday means back to my other job as a Paralegal - after doing that for over 25 years I'm definitely ready for a change!
2) Our dog, Panda, a Siberian Husky, passed away two years ago. however, when she was a pup, we left her alone in her room (the mudroom) for a few hours and when we came back, she had chewed what looked like the map of Africa through the sheetrock! Never left her alone for a long time after that!
3) I'm now a follower! I loved your blog - we are also childless but we areby choice.
4) Posted on Facebook - here's my link: facebook.com/forger1
5) Already a member of ChickLit Central and love it!

Nancye said...

My least favorite day of the week is Monday.

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Nancye said...

The craziest thing my dog ever did was eat the handle off of my brother's bowling ball bag (in addition to the chair legs, my mom's car tax bill, etc. etc.) This was when she was a puppy. She later ended up being one of the BEST dogs ever.

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