So, Gentle Reader, I’m a bit of a Lifehacker follower. Back in 2013 I was particularly taken by their How I Work series. I thought it would be fun to answer their questions, and now here’s an updated version. I hope you enjoy!
Bay Area, Northern California, USA.
Chronically tea addicted, octopus obsessed, shoe collecting, New York Times bestselling authorbeast.
Current mobile device:
iPhone 5s, iPad Mini
2015 13-inch MacBook Air (named Hermia)
One word that best describes how you work:
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Apps: (most of my phone’s natives like Mail, Weather, Camera, Calendar, Clock, Contacts, Notes) as well as Twitter, Facebook, Friendly, Feedly, Instagram, Google Maps, Stylebook, Downcast, Chrome, and Scrivener iOS. All the airline apps for checking in to flights.
Software: Scrivener, Skype, Chrome, Firefox, Safari (yes all three browsers), Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Hootsuite, Pinterest, Wikia, Word (because I must).
Tools: Kindle Oasis, yearly wall calendar, old street stomper bicycle with detachable shopping panniers, electric kettle or water boil coil, tea, tote and carry-on suitcase, modular packing devices, Roomba, a bath tub (does that count as a tool?), and a gas stove.
(Although, truthfully, back in my archaeology days I can, and have, lived without all of the above except the iPod and tea.)
What’s your workspace like?
In the office, I also have two additional sitting desks which I use for editing and sewing projects. A reading/research/imagination nook, a sitting area and the all important tea station.
What’s your best time-saving trick?
Outlining and setting realistic goals. And tea.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
This is hard, I don’t really have many gadgets. Maybe my extra charging battery?
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Slicing bread. No seriously, perfectly even, perfectly straight, it’s a gift inherited from my father. Only thing I do straight.
What are you currently reading?
Something delightfully queer with an HEA and found family.
What do you listen to while you work?
When I’m writing that’s the only time I’m not listening to a podcast. So, nothing.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert, though I perform extrovert very well.
What’s your sleep routine like?
Regulated but restless.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
No one is interested in a writer that doesn’t actually finish her novels.
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