This week I would love to welcome the talented Regan Taylor to Love Romances and More! She is talking with us about her writing schedule and traveling during the holidays - let us know what your schedule is like this year and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com! Just comment below for your chance to win!
How do you manage your writing/reading schedule with all the other activities around the holidays?
This year it’s more managing my reading/writing and dealing with my day job’s demands. I’m pretty organized and fairly disciplined in it. I read on the bus to and from work and these days my commute is about an hour in the morning and almost 2 hours in the evening given the time I get off work and the “new and improved” Doyle Drive. (The old one worked better for getting me home at a reasonable hour.) So with almost 3 hours a day to read I usually read a book every other day. In the evening I try to write between 500-1000 words and then on the weekends push to 3000 or more words a day. We don’t do a whole lot during the holidays themselves. One evening we go to dinner and then to what is called The Devonshire house here in Marin – this family has not only decorated their entire house inside and out every year for over two dozen years, they allow people to pass through to see these marvelous holiday scenes which include an Angel room, a Santa room and a train room. Other than that, we celebrate Yule at my house with a quiet ceremony and then I spend Christmas eve and Christmas day with friends of mine.
How about traveling during the holidays: do you go visiting or have you in the past? What has that been like? Have there been any absent family members during the holidays? How has it effected your writing; have you used any of that in your stories?
When my parents were alive I used to visit them on the holidays – or should I say hollerdays. I guess that tells you what it was like. My writing life is pretty separate from my family life if that makes sense. I’ve never been much for traveling so it’s fine with me just to be with some close friends and enjoy their company.