It became painfully apparent to me this week that I’ve been spending too much time exercising my writing muscles and not enough with the rest. I started playing softball and found that I have no stamina and I was practically crippled from throwing a ball and swinging a bat. That’s the first time that’s happened to me.
I’m not sure what I expected. When I got laid off in October of last year I become a bigger computer potato than I was before. When I went back to work I didn’t restart my daily walks and I certainly wasn’t doing that at home. For that I have only myself to blame.
Now that I really stop and think about it, when I was out of work I was depressed. No real surprise there. After all your job defines you to some extent. But I have to wonder, how much better would I have felt if I had been more active.
More recently I have felt tired in the early afternoon. Also, lethargic and unmotivated. I’ve been able to work through it but how much of that is because I need exercise?
The only way to know for certain is if I start getting back into shape (and yes, I know round is a shape. It’s just not the one I want to be). The unfortunate truth is I know of few ways to effectively write and exercise at the same time. That means I have to make exercise a priority and as much as I hate to take time away from writing and podcasting, it will be worth it in the long run.
How about you? Have you been in the same boat? Have you started an exercise program only to find that not only do you have more energy but you are able to get more writing done?
I’d love to hear what you have done that works.
The only thing note-worthy to report is I was part of a panel discussion on “The Writing Show” with PaulaB. The episode is set to drop sometime in June. Nothing new to report on the writing front I’m sorry to say.
Tags: exercise, Michell Plested, paulab, the writing show, writing
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Hello everyone. I hope you are actually getting spring (or fall) weather wherever you are. I’m not sure what the weather is here. It should be spring, but the snow still insists on falling (damn snow!).
This is an interview I have been looking forward to. I absolutely loved Pip’s book ‘Digital Magic’ and I’ve wanted to talk to her for quite a while. It is a fun interview which I really think comes through.
00:00 — Opening – Get Published, Episode 6
- Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”
0:14 — Introduction – Show #6: The 12-Year Overnight Success, an Interview with Philippa Ballantine
Philippa Ballantine (AKA Pip) recently signed a two-book deal with Ace. We talk to her about her journey thus far.
00:53 — Promos: War Promo (Mur Lafferty)
02:35 — Show #6: The 12-Year Overnight Success, an Interview with Philippa Ballantine (continued)
07:52 — Promos: Weather Child
08:43 — Show #6: The 12-Year Overnight Success, an Interview with Philippa Ballantine (continued)
- Philippa Ballantine talks about her publishing journey including her most recent two-book deal with Ace
- You can reach Pip at www.pjballantine.com or www.weatherchild.com or on twitter at PhilippaJane, etc.
34:41 — Promos: Nina Kimberly the Merciless
35:43 — Closing
Please send comments. Please, please, please! Questions too
Tags: Ace books, Christiana Ellis, Denna Holm, geist, Get Published, Mur Lafferty, Nina Kimberly, philippa ballantine, Query Letter, weather child
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The story focuses on the struggles of Isiah, an immortal agent of the balance, as he battles to maintain equilibrium between good and evil. His mission: to retrieve the soul of an evil murderer, restore the man to life and protect him from Lucifer until he fulfills his destiny. The man he must protect is selfish, cowardly and more than willing to kill anyone to help himself. It doesn’t help that Isiah sympathizes with the side of good or that Lucifer is throwing all the powers of Hell at him. He’s a man with a job to do and nothing is going to stop him from completing his mission.
The book is jam-packed with interesting characters and plenty of action. The story is set both in the physical and supernatural worlds. In both cases, the author takes great care to craft vivid and with sometimes disturbing settings. Dialogue is fresh and serves to both enhance and flesh out the story.
My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is the author’s use of the crystal skull mythos. His interpretation is not quite the same as what I know to be true. Still, it is a minor issue and was more of a distraction than a detractor for me.
Realmshift is a Dark Fantasy novel written by Alan Baxter. It was published October 17th by Blade Red Press and is available from Amazon.com in both a paperback edition for $14.35 and a kindle edition for $3.19.
Tags: Alan Baxter, Get Published, RealmShift