Hey friends! Today I have a super exciting blog post, as part of the blog tour for the release of my friend Olivia Smit‘s new book, Seeing Voices, out now! I asked her to share a day in her life, because they are my personal favorite types of posts to read, and she is here today to tell us what a day in her life looks like!
Hi friends! I’m Olivia (author of “Seeing Voices”) and it is my honour and joy to be hopping on Hanne’s blog today to get to know all of you! I’ve loved to write pretty much as long as I can remember, but I never really thought about publishing until I finished “Seeing Voices.” In a lot of ways, it was the book that changed everything for me: it was the first time I’d written a story I loved SO MUCH that I didn’t want to keep it to myself. I wanted to share Skylar and Mike with the whole wide world. It’s been the WILDEST, most beautiful, sometimes stressful journey since I signed the contract with WhiteFire a year ago, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. “Seeing Voices” is out now, and I’m so, SO excited to finally share my special story with all of you.
In the meantime … here’s a little peek into what a sort-of typical day looks like for me, buried deep in school and publishing and writing forever. Just the way I like it. (although I could totally get along without the essay assignments … just saying.) I’ve never done a “day in the life” challenge before, but I’ve seen them done before and it was an absolute THRILL when Hanne reached out and suggested that I put one together for this post!
DISCLAIMER: Because I’m still in school (about to graduate though! woo!) each one of my days has a different rhythm and schedule. I picked a day when I had time to focus on writing and querying, because I thought that would be the most interesting for this post!! But please know that there are many days where I’m just driving from school to work and then spending my evening studying (bo-ring).
Okay! Now that that’s out of the way – on to “a day in my life!”
7:05am – Woke up before my alarm!! (This never happens lol but today I got lucky!) This means I have more time for some Bible reading (I’m reading through 1 Corinthians right now, and sloowwwly making my way through “Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen) and my Fitness Blender workout!
8:50am – At this point, I’ve finished cleaning up after my workout and realized that I made a scheduling error for next week. It takes me approximately fifteen minutes to resolve the minor crisis this creates (!)
9:05am – Getting back on track … with meal prep! I made a smoothie for breakfast (my sister Hannah and I are dog/house-sitting right now, and the place we’re staying has coconut milk!!! Yum.) and then Hannah and I started chopping ingredients for tonight’s soup.
10:00am – Driving to school! (We realized halfway down the street that we left the soup sitting on the counter, so we had to turn around 2 seconds after these pictures were taken and put it in the fridge. Oopsie.)
10:30am – Poetry class!
11:45am – Checked my phone and found an agent rejection waiting for me. Boo.
1:30pm – English class on Romanticism
2:30pm – Time to drop Hannah off at home – and our car started making a terrible noise, so that’s great.
3:00pm – Today I met a friend at a local coffee shop to chat about our writing projects and get some work done! My plan was to post in the Seeing Voices launch team Facebook group, and then send out another query on the project that got rejected this morning. (But first … I called the auto shop.)
4:30pm – After my writing date, I stopped by the grocery store to buy pizza for tomorrow’s dinner.
5:00pm – Home!! I sprawled out on the couch to look into a few more agent profiles. At this point, the discouragement hit me all at once, which was NOT FUN. (Also, I made another scheduling error. This time it was with the auto shop that I called a few hours ago. I REALLY need to start writing things down in my calendar.)
5:45pm – SOUP. This was definitely a highlight (AND, in a completely weird twist of events, another agent emailed back and requested a full manuscript!! This is the first positive response I’ve had on this project and I went from being discouraged to happy so fast it was actually confusing.)
6:30pm – After dinner, I freaked out a little and sent the full MS to the agent! And then I did some homework (essays). Also, I procrastinated a lot on Twitter (to be honest, I really didn’t do that much homework. It was mostly Twitter.)
8:00pm – Getting ready for a podcast interview with Tara K. Ross and Rebekah Black on the Hope Prose Podcast! I’ve been listening to these ladies talk about books and writing (with a million amazing author guests) since the podcast started, and I’ve been looking forward to this for months!
8:40pm – INTERVIEW TIME!! I lost my train of thought a ton, but Tara and Bekah were super nice and assured me they could cut the awkward parts out later, hehe.
10:00pm – Interview done! I came downstairs and devoured some crackers and peanut butter, curled up on the couch with the dog for a bit, and generally procrastinated going to bed by refreshing my email inbox six billion times.
11:00pm– Finally, bedtime.
Monday ended up being a really interesting day … way more interesting than most of my life, I promise! But it was really fun to track the adventure … and I hope it made for an interesting post!
Olivia Smit loves baking, visiting small towns, and writing stories that face hard truth with hope and encouragement. Olivia will graduate (in April!) with an Honours Specialization in Creative Writing, English Language, and Literature and lives in Canada with her family. Seeing Voices is her first novel.
Thank you so much, Olivia, for coming on the blog today!! Olivia is absolutely the SWEETEST soul and I have LOVED getting to know her better throughout the release of Seeing Voices! I got to read an early copy of the book, and it was SO good!! It was one of my favorite reads so far this year. Find my review here.