A Day in the Life of Me – Guest Post by M. J. Marinescu [Forsaken Genesis Blog Tour]
Hooowdy! I don’t take part in blog tours very often any more – especially not as many as I used to. But when I was asked to join the tour for this book, I thought it sounded amazing.
I’m a bit insanely busy right now with work and the podcast and prepping for NaNoWriMo next month, so I’m trying to keep my reading list to a minimum. That’s why I decided to join in with this blog tour to promote this wonderful-sounding book, but instead of a review, I’m joined by the author for a guest post. How exciting!
I’m always interested to know more about people, whether it’s a blogger or an author. That’s part of the reason why I started a podcast, because I love getting to know people you usually don’t know very much about outside of what’s on the internet. So, today’s guest post is all about the author’s day-to-day life and writing habits (which is really interesting to read).
Before we start, let’s have a bit about the book, Forsaken Genesis by M. J. Marinescu, and a quick look at the other dates on the Forsaken Genesis tour.
The world has changed in more ways than one. Most humans live in the safety of the hive cities, massive industrial complexes walled off to the outside world. Yet, the dangers of the wilds are no longer limited to the outskirts. Rumours abound of strange things in the night. Sightings of subhumans and citizens being abducted, whisked off by men in vans or worse. The Department of Control keeps a close eye on the citizens of Avalon but who are they protecting?
Melissa thought the world outside the facility would be safe. Free from the pain and the incessant tests of the men in white coats but what she finds is a world unknown. Fleeting memories call to her like a siren song pleading for her to remember. Can she figure out her strange dreams and the shadowed figure who hounds her in her sleep? She must discover who she is and come to terms with the truth that may have been kept from her for good reason if she hopes to survive in this strange new world.
A Day in the Life of Me
by M. J. Marinescu
Hi everyone! Today I’m going to go over a day in the life of me. I know that some of you may be imagining quite fanciful notions, smoking a pipe while I sit by a fire working on background lore and character arcs but I assure you the real thing is not nearly as grandiose.
My average day is probably more boring than people may imagine considering the action in my stories. I wake up, get myself ready for the day, grab some coffee and sit down at my desk. I’m a night person so I find that it’s usually hard for me to be creative first thing in the morning.
Knowing this about myself I spend the morning checking the news (I’m a glutton for politics, gaming, science, art, anything interesting) so I’ll read up on what’s happening, check my social media etc. After that, I start writing and try to spend a good 6-8 hours working on it. If I get stuck, I move away from my desk and grab some pens and paper, change scenery and start to sketch out the scene/chapter on paper. I find this helps me push through any writing blocks that may come up.
Specifically for writing, I am a mix of a pantser and plotter. I do have a binder (old school I know) with notes on characters, factions, cities, creation lore, species lore and powers, character arcs/backgrounds, and anything else I can think of. During my writing day if a cool idea pops into my head, I jot it down in one of my journals (not the binder) and save it for later. When I get a chance later in the day, I’ll revisit any of the notes I made and figure out where they belong in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes they get used for my current project, sometimes I feel they would be better suited to a different project.
When my writing work day is done, I spend some time with my dog Bella. She’s an 11-year-old German Shephard/Rottweiler that I got from a friend, well 11 years ago. We used to work together, and his dog had just had puppies, and he forced me to come over and see them. I was hesitant because I know I am a softy when it comes to animals, especially puppies, and if I went and saw them I would end up with one. When we arrived, she took an immediate liking to me and licked me shocking my friend who told me she doesn’t like anyone. With that little mention, I was sold, and she’s been by my side ever since.
Had I known she was going to quite literally follow me around everywhere I went I would have called her Shadow in hindsight, but instead I called her Belladonna Von Doom (silly I know).
So I take her outside and let her get some exercise. She loves playing fetch so we head out and I throw the ball for her until she’s tired. Even though she’s 11, she is still just as hyper and active as she was when she was a pup all those years ago.
After that, I usually tidy up my house a bit and then hit the gym with my wife. I’ve always been pretty active physically. In school, I played baseball (2nd base), football (QB), and was on our track and field teams. Outside of school, I have been practising Shorin Ryu Karate for about as long as I can remember. My father runs a martial arts school in British Columbia, my Godfather runs one in Grand Prarie Alberta so I’ve been around it my whole life. Karate has been a huge part of my life and helps me meditate and keep myself calm and disciplined. I whole-heartedly believe that everyone should practice martial arts, not just for the self-defence benefits but to help better yourself in everything.
After the gym (and a quick shower) I make dinner and then relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner in my house is an interesting thing. I don’t eat meat, but my wife does so we usually have two different dinners even though we always eat together. I’ll prepare her food with loving care and attention and then slap something together for myself with reckless abandon. I love cooking, eating, however, is not something I enjoy nearly as much. When I was little, I used to make fresh bread from scratch with my Italian grandma, and it was some of the best memories I have of her. I taught myself about nutrition and cooking through my love of research and reading, and it’s just something I have kept up with.
Besides that, I have a million other hobbies that demand attention from me. I’m a big gamer (PC master race!), but I do have a bunch of consoles as well, but I don’t use them nearly as much as I do my PC. Some of my favourite games are the Witcher series, Life is Strange, Fallout, Telltale’s series, Detroit: Become Human (as well as Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls) and a million MMORPG games.
Outside of gaming, cooking and martial arts I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. One of the other things I’ve been doing for 20ish years now is running pen and paper RPG games. I started back in the early 90’s with Dungeons and Dragons and played everything from Legend of the Five rings, Rifts, World of Darkness, Call of Cthulhu and a host of others. I even have my own system which I created and spent a few years playtesting with my friends. Maybe one day I’ll actually type it up properly and release it for the public. So I’m either playing video games, reading, working on my RPG pen and paper campaign, painting or bingeing Netflix or Shudder (it’s a lesser-known streaming service focused on horror/thrillers which I LOVE). Needless to say there’s never enough time in the day for me to do everything I want, which is also probably why I have such terrible insomnia.
With that I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for reading this, I hope I didn’t bore you all too much. If you have any questions feel free to ask them below or shout at me on my Twitter. I would love to hear some of your hobbies. Thanks again and I’ll talk to you all soon.
About the Author
MJ Marinescu has always dreamed of being a novelist. Writing stories from a young age, MJ has never faltered from that dream as well as devoting time to fitness and martial arts. Born in Ottawa Ontario, MJ now lives in Calgary Alberta and enjoys art, animals, and nature. You can keep up with MJ on Twitter, Facebook, or at the official website.