Every author has more to do than writing. For me, I spend as much time as I can writing and editing (I really need the editing) as possible. I avoid procrastination the best I can and try to make my work the best as it can be. My entire life is practically surrounded by dragons and magic. But I also have other obligations other than writing. I still go to school, work outdoors, and enjoy some leisure time. So what do I do and how do I get the time to do it? The best way to fit many aspects of life is time-budgeting. Here are a few things I do when I’m not writing…
- School… As I have said before, I’m still in the process of education. I spend seven hours for five days a week in school, plus whatever homework I have. I love school. Learning is something that I have a passion for. If I was to say what my favorite subject is, I would say History or Fine Arts, with English and Science not far behind. As of 2016, I am attending West Side High School in Dayton, Idaho.
- Theatre… For those who know me well, they may know I have a great love for theatre. I’ve been in many different stage productions since I was eight years old, from the magic mirror on the wall to General Genghis Khan Shmitz. I love the rehearsals, no matter if they are at three o’clock in the afternoon or six o’clock in the morning. It’s very exciting when I have to push myself to be in a stage performance. You’ll learn more about my life on the stage later, for I am going to be in another performance. As I enjoy writing and acting, maybe I could write a play someday?
- Work… I live in Idaho, in a very “spread-out” town of less than 500 people. This is because its in a very agricultural part of the valley. I occasionally do farm work, but I mostly do yard or industrial work. One day I mow a pasture, the next I split and stack wood. It’s the life I live and I certainly don’t mind the work.
- Walk/Run/Bike… With a very open region, I like to travel either on foot or on bike. Walking is very helpful if I every get writer’s block. The fresh air opens my mind. Sometimes I wander by the railroad tracks or up in the mountainous canyons. The paths throughout the Bannock Mountains are filled with a sense of adventure. What better way to get inspiration to write?
- Basketball… I’m not a legend when it comes to this fine game, but this is still my favorite sport. I usually play for fun and not for competition. Basketball also runs through my family. My dad is 6’6” and could touch the top of the inner square of the backboard when he was in high school. My brother Christopher and I enjoy playing this game. I don’t play on any major teams though, but basketball is my favorite sport just the same.
- Friends… I don’t really spend much time doing anything recreational, so doing things with friends every other week is something I always look forward to. My best friend and I occasionally play Minecraft or NBA ShootOut 98 if we find the time. Other times we ride bikes or bake something delicious.
- Read… Being an author, reading is important. I usually read fantasy or science fiction or historical non-fiction. (Click here to see a few of my favorite authors…)
So these are a sample of things I do, but with another potential edition of Rise of the Dragon coming out, the sequel I’m currently editing, and the outline of the rest of the series, I cannot procrastinate. If you ever have a lot of things on your plate, budget your time. If you have to make sacrifices, so be it. I love theatre, but I usually perform about one production every year, maybe two. I don’t play on any major basketball teams, but I can still play on smaller organizations. When I budget my time, I can continue my schooling with ease without putting The Tales of Draco to the side. I still have plenty of time to write and edit. That is the reason why no matter what I do, I have dragons, dwarves, fairies, and other creatures flying around in my mind.