Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AAA: Guest Post by Brigid Kemmerer - 'Time To Write' + GIVEAWAY


Unlikely, but it may have escaped someone's notice that I'm a massive fangirl of the wonderful Brigid Kemmerer. Not only is she an exceptionally talent writer, she's also one of the nicest authors and human beings you'll meet online. Her debut novel, Storm, blew me away earlier this year, her follow-up, Spark, is one of those books so bloody good I could cry, and she keeps getting better. With two novellas out this year, Elemental and Fearless, we've been spoiled.  I don't know about you, but I can't wait for May 2013 to get my hands on book #3 - Spirit!

Brigid Kemmerer on Time To Write


A lot of people ask me how I find time to write.

Sometimes I don’t have any idea how to answer that question. It’s like asking how I find time to breathe. I just do. They say if you want something badly enough, you’ll make time for it.

Here’s a typical day:

5am: Wake up, take a shower, and try to get a sip of coffee before the baby wakes up.
Answer book-related emails.
5:30am: Give the baby back his pacifier and pray he goes back to sleep.
5:45am: Give in to baby’s demands and give him a bottle, then lay him back down.
6am: Nick (five-year-old) wakes up.
6am – 7am: Get everyone dressed, lunches packed, put something resembling makeup on my face, and get out the door.
8am: Arrive at work. YES. I HAVE A FULL TIME JOB. I go there every day.
4pm: Leave work.
5pm: Get home with the kids.
5:15pm: Feed the baby and start dinner.
6pm: Eat dinner and attempt to make eye contact with husband. Surreptitiously Tweet/Facebook from phone under table while no one is looking.
6pm – 8pm: Clean up dinner / bathe kids (or pray no one will notice if we skip it) / try to cram quality family time into two hours
8pm: God willing, the kids go to sleep.
8:15pm: Whip out the laptop. Answer more emails. Talk to people on Twitter and Facebook.
9pm: Start writing.
11pm (or later): Bed.

Sometimes, I skip the quality time and baths and go to Starbucks, and my husband takes care of the kids. (This is always a very tough choice for me to make, but I get a lot of writing done at Starbucks. My local shop will actually be thanked in the acknowledgments for Spirit, because almost the entire book has been written in one of their chairs.)

Now, I don’t write every day. I can’t. I would never see my husband.

I also can’t write at work. Not even when it’s slow. I’m very, very careful to keep my day job life very separate from the writing life. I might surf a few writing-related websites during my lunch hour, but that’s it. Not one word of my book is written while I’m at work.

I don’t assign myself daily writing goals. That’s a good way to make myself nuts. I do try to set weekly writing goals (which I never meet), and I’m fine with looking at my life as one big fluid block of time, and I’ll get things done when I get them done. My kids are young, and I want to see them grow up. I don’t want to watch the Starbucks baristas grow up.

I’m also big on living in the moment. When I’m with the kids, I try to be with the kids, not worrying about word counts or deadlines. When I’m with my husband, I try to focus on our time together, not anything else. It helps, because when it’s time to write, it’s time to focus on that.

Right now, my life is kinda nuts, and I’m okay with that. You’ll notice above that I don’t schedule in any time for friends, or for going to the gym, or for anything social. Right now, for me, doing any of those things is a rare occurrence. It’s a sacrifice for sure, but right now, it’s worth it. I also couldn’t pull this off without the support of my family. My husband is amazing.

Because there’s a passionate spark about writing. Even if I didn’t have the deadlines, I’d find the time to do it. I’m burning the candle at both ends, and I’m going to keep right on doing it until I run out of stories to tell. (Or I run out of wax.)



 

Find Brigid on: Goodreads | Website / Blog | Twitter | Facebook

An enormous thank you to Brigid for taking time out to write this post. This only proves to convince me what I've long suspected: She's some kind of authorly superhuman-goddess. If you love Brigid too, why not take the time to say 'thanks' via Twitter or Facebook?

If you're dying to get Storm on your reader now, you're in luck! Amazon has Storm available for only $2.99 - but it's only for a limited time. If you want more of the Elemental world and the Merricks, did you know there's a third novella coming out next year, starring the one and only NICK MERRICK?

We also have five copies of Storm up for grabs, and a pre-order of Spark!

Giveaway!

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34 comments:

  1. I looooove this series so much! Storm was amazing, but Spark was even more fantastic! I love that she writes her books at Starbucks:)

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    1. YESSSSSSSS! Oh my goodness, I love it SOOO much! Seriously, everything Brigid writes is GOLD. And the Starbucks? YESS!

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  2. Holy crap - 5am? I prefer not to know that hour exists.
    But I think of everything she said, THIS is what I love the best - "I’m fine with looking at my life as one big fluid block of time, and I’ll get things done when I get them done". Ah - that is such a healthy, positive attitude to have.
    Fangirling so much right now!

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    1. As far as I'm concerned that house doesn't exist :D

      And YES! That quote is AMAZING. I read it to my husband last night and he LOVED it.

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  3. Woah...I knew Brigid was a busy lady but this post makes my brain wobble, and also makes me appreciate Brigid all the more. Seriously, she is a superhero. Look up the term "superhero" in the dictionary and it'll say: see Brigid Kemmerer. And not just Brigid, but ALL authors. *brain wobbles* It varies depending on the author, but most have a husband, kids, a day job...the list goes on - and they still find time to write? :O Somehow, they make it work, and it means no social life, but they do it because they LOVE to write and whip up stories. They love what they do and wouldn't have it any other way. Still, it just makes me SO thankful.

    THIS is why Author Appreciation August was created. So readers would slow down, take the time, REALISE just how much authors do and appreciate them for writing the books we love to read and devour. Without them...we wouldn't have books and that is a scary thought.

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    1. "Look up the term "superhero" in the dictionary and it'll say: see Brigid Kemmerer."

      ^^^ THIS THIS THIS.

      She's amazing, and all our authorly benefactors are. How they manage it is just... WOW.

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  4. OH MY GOD. SHE WORKS FULL TIME, HAS KIDS AND STILL MANAGES TO WRITE BRILLIANT BOOKS? THAT WOMAN IS INCREDIBLE!

    I fangirled over Brigid Kemmerer before but now... OMFG SHE IS AMAZING! This is an amazing post and "I’m fine with looking at my life as one big fluid block of time, and I’ll get things done when I get them done."
    That makes me feel better about myself! Hahaha! I look at my life like that as well and sometimes it gets me into trouble, but eh! I prefer living in the moment too, so it's nice to know that somebody so awesome and so successful does that too :)

    (Sorry I'm freaking out right now because this alone tells me Brigid is even more brilliant than I originally thought she was)

    I LOVE this post, Sarah!

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    1. RIIIIGHT? I can barely manage to drag my ass out of bed every morning to work full time, and she does all that? SUPERHUMAN. I LOVE the woman.

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  5. So busy, i couldn't keep with such a schedule

    thank you a lot for your wonderful stories ( even if i still need to get my hands on tehm i can't wait after so many good reviews)

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    1. Neither could I, but I love what she says about MAKING it happen, and choosing to make it work. WONDERFUL.

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  6. OMFG, I don't know how you do it. I would die. A full time job, family, and writing. I have to give you major props, it sounds impossible. I guess you can sleep when your dead. hehe.

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    1. Hehehe! She's pretty amazing, huh? *cackles* think what you have to look forward to, Jen! ♥

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  7. This was very enlightening! Thanks Brigid and Sarah!!!!! I also love living for every moment.

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    1. She's amazing, right?! Thanks heaps, Rachel! xx

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  8. I really need to get reading this series, it sounds amazing! :)

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    1. Laura, they're AMAZING! I was going to say I 'hope' you'll like Storm, but I KNOW you will ;D

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  9. She is such a busy person! her life is so full on and she's incredibly dedicated to her writing (2 books and 2 novellas in one year, c'mon) she has time for her kids and husband and she also has a day job! wow.
    I seriously can't wait to read Spark and the rest of the novellas she's amazing :)

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  10. Guys, all your comments made me cry. Thank goodness no one is here to see. I'm truly touched. You all make it worth it. <3 <3 <3 <3

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    1. Aw, don't cry. *huggles* I suppose it's a bit overwhelming though... Just look at all these comments declaring their love for you! I knew you were busy but this... woah, baby! <3 <3 Brigid the Brilliant. <3 <3

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    2. GROUP HUG!
      And what do you mean no-ones there to see? WE'RE ALL WATCHING, STARING O__O

      ;D

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  11. I LOVE the Elemental series!! I realllllly need a copy of Spark lol:)

    -JennyC

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    1. OMFG. YES. Spark is AMAZING! *fingers crossed for you*

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  12. She wakes up sooo early! I could never force myself out of bed at that time. :P I'm convinced now that Brigid is a superhuman. Not only has she managed to create some awesome books, she fits it all in around work and family! One very busy lady, indeed. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Seriously, I struggle getting out of bed prior to 7:30 -- that's EARLY for me. Brigid = SUPERHUMAN.

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  13. Great post! I love learning how authors manage to write and have busy lives. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Andrea, me too! Hearing stuff like this BLOWS me away!

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  14. WOW! That is one busy lady. Thank you for making me realize what horrible time management skills I have. Haha. Seriously though, that's pretty freakin' incredible that Brigid is able to write whole books in that kind of time frame. Thanks for giving us a peak into the life of a writer. :)

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    1. Seriously, YES! She's amazing... and the time management skills? UHUH O__O

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  15. I'm still shuddering at the fact she wakes up at 5AM IN THE MORNING. And yet sometimes does go to bed until 11PM!! HOW DOES SHE SURVIVE ON SO LITTLE SLEEP?!?! Further proof that Brigid Kemmerer is not human.

    I love her approach, though. She said it all with this sentence, "My kids are young, and I want to see them grow up. I don’t want to watch the Starbucks baristas grow up." Family is the most important thing and it's fantastic she's able to keep her family, work and writing into separate categories. Even if does result in her life being kinda crazy!

    Even though we can see her schedule clearly spread out above, I STILL can't wrap my head around how she does it all. Dedication, Kemmerer. YOU'RE FULL OF IT <3

    And just in case you didn't know (I don't think Sarah does, and my future sis-in-law, Becca, surely doesn't) I LOVE THESE BOOKS! LIKE THIS *runs from other side of room and back again* MUCH TIMES A BILLION. <333333

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    1. Seriously, I don't care what anyone says, 5AM is not a time. I maintain it's a myth perpetuated to put fear into the hearts of kids who shun bedtime O__O

      AND YES! About watching her kids grow up? *wipes away tear* PERFECT.

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  16. So there's a 5 AM wake-up call, a baby, a 5 y/o, a full-time job and quality family time?

    O_O WHAT EVERYONE ELSE SAID. There's no way that this is humanly possible. Brigid, you are one incredibly dedicated woman! (Who also happens to write some pretty AMAZING stuff)

    This is just proof though that if you love something enough, you'll make time for it. And I'm SO glad that it's worked out in this case because I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE what I've read so far of Brigid's work.

    Sonia

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    1. Seriously, she is NOT human. She's some kind of Stepford wife with a personality and awesome sense of humour... you know... just WITH the robot body :D

      "This is just proof though that if you love something enough, you'll make time for it. And I'm SO glad that it's worked out in this case because I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE what I've read so far of Brigid's work." x 28475812402145091269216!!

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  17. Truly loved this series! I debated on calling the library and lying that I lost Storm. I'd pay the fee and get to keep it myself <3 But I start working there tomorrow so I can't. Haha I wish I had copies of these books for myself. I truly love Brigid Kemmerer!

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    1. BAHAHA! OMFG! That's hilarous! I hope you get your hands on your own copy SOON!

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