Welcome to JM Schroder, author of Thunderstorm and Daughter's of Eden.
Jennie Schroder lives with her husband and three amazing and energetic children in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She studies Court Reporting at Sumner College in Portland, Oregon. Her love of writing took off in her junior high school years in Mrs. Eckert’s Creative Writing Class. Now she is sharing the stories in her head with everyone because there are way too many to keep to herself. If not writing, seeking out readers, interacting and thanking her amazing supporters, or daydreaming about her next story or being a very exhausted mother to 2 young boys and a teenage daughter, Jennie loves most to be playing with her family – indoors and out and reading.
A Day in the Life of JM Schroder
My day usually starts at 5:30 a.m. Not during vacation time, but that's normal every other day. I wake and get ready for the day. I basically start out making myself my very own Raspberry Mocha Breve. Yes, that's a carryover to my book if you have read it. LOL. Then I head out for school.
School you say, how old are you anyway? Well, I am 40, just turned. Wow, that is amazing, I can't believe I am actually 40. I always thought that was so old. But it does not feel like it. As I drink my delicious coffee, I brush my hair, which actually I can't stand, I wish I could cut is short again. But I just happened to make an agreement with my husband to grow it out. If it gets to my waist, I can cut it off. I have 6 more inches. So I have forever to go. I apply very little make, and then it is time to head out. Not much in my preparation to get out of the house.
I jump into my 74' VW Bug, which I love! She is a beautiful yellow and purple, one of a kind lady. She rumbles to life, well most of the time. She is sometimes temperamental, and it takes a couple of tries, but she is my baby. (Secret...She will be in Drina's book.) I drive the 25 miles to school, again with the school. I am going to school to be court reporter.
Yes a court reporter, one of those interesting people who you see tapping away at this funny looking machine taking down everything that is said from anyone who talks in the court room. But they do so much more. You know the closed captioning you see on the TV during life broadcasts? Well, guess what? That is a court reporter's job too. Why, you ask, would you ever choose that? The honest answer is because of the money, but also because it is a challenge.
I am at school from 7:30 to 12:30 every day, Monday through Friday. I come home, and then depending on appointments that I may have, decide whether or not I'll write. What appointments, you ask? I am a mobile notary. A mobile notary is notary who meets or goes to people's homes. I am also certified to do loan signings, for home refinances and home purchases. That is where most of my work comes in. I do on average 3 to 4 a week. Not many now since I am a full-time student, but enough to support my family. Well not really, but it gets us by.
If I am not taking those kind of appointments, I take other types. I help people (mostly seniors) acquire their Durable Medical Equipment. I help them to improve their quality life. I don't sell the scooters, or bed, or oxygen. What I help them with is knee braces that help them walk without pain. They are therapeutic braces, not the painful ones. Arthritic gloves that decrease the pain of their arthritis, so that they can actually type, write, and grip things. I love working with people and helping them.
When I am done with my appointments, I get home again, and I start letting my mind go and that is when I write. I write in between, typing things on my boys' computers for them, or fixing them food, no not their meals just snacks. I have this lovely man who fixes dinners. My husband. He is awesome in my busy, busy life. He encourages all my daily activities, and he cooks. I hate cooking. Really I do. I have no love for it. I am not creative that way.
Now my husband, he is the best cook alive, at least I think he is. He has changed my mind about so many different foods that I thought I hated, and it really shows on my waistline. And yes, I do blame him for my waistline. Haha!
While I work, my kids come to me a least a million times a night (I exaggerate) but a lot. I do get things down though. We eat dinner, and then I finish up all my appointment paperwork and get it ready to go out the next day. I put the kiddo's down for bed at 9:30. That does not mean they go to bed, but it is the beginning of the hour or so long battle until they fall asleep. I then take my time around 10:30, and write for a steady hour or two.
After writing, I take a shower and then pull my husband to bed at about midnight. We read for an hour or so, and that is my day. Weekends are much the same, except I do not go to school. And somewhere in there, I breathe.
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