Monday, August 24, 2015

We Interrupt This Motivational Monday for . . .




ABOUT THE BOOK


Twenty dark tales to shiver your spine, to shudder your soul, including:

A landscaper gets a taste of what happens when he covers up a mistake.

A child learns that best friends can come in all shapes and sizes, and with many, many legs.

A boy worries that his “imaginary” friend won’t let his family move.

A homeless woman revels in post-apocalyptic opportunities.

Some are previously published, most are 100 words or fewer, but they all give you just enough time to turn away, to run away, before it’s too late. You don’t want to stay in the dark too long. You never know what might slither out . . . and lick you.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Standing Room Only

When we moved houses recently, I wanted a stand-up desk for my new office. I was doing too much sitting/slouching/slumping. But I had a few concerns: 

- I didn't want to spend a lot of money, since I wasn't sure if I would like using it. 
- I didn't want something big, clunky and industrial looking. 
- I wanted something I could move if I wanted to, you know, actually sit at my desk. 

And so . . . taaa daaa!


Hmm, doesn't look like much. Three pieces of bamboo perched on a desk. 

But check this out:


It looks totally precarious, right? But it's not! It's incredibly sturdy! (That being said, I'm still careful reaching for my coffee, etc. I wouldn't go gesticulating wildly near it because, in theory, the laptop could be knocked off.)
  
I use it at least once a day for a chunk of time. I find some projects are more conducive to using it than others - when working on something where I need to write notes, shuffle paper, etc, I like to sit. But social networking is perfect for standing, since I'm just reading and commenting.

Here's the link for StandStand. It's a great site with clear info. Definitely check out the videos - the one on the Home page and the one on the About Us page. I love the fact that it's Made in the USA, out of sustainable birch or bamboo. 

If you give it a try, I hope it works out as well for you as it's working - fingers crossed! - for me.

(I am not a spokesperson for this company. I am not compensated in any way. I just like the product and thought you all might, too.)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Motivational Monday


GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE
WHO WAIT . . . 
GREATER THINGS COME TO THOSE
WHO GET OFF THEIR ASS AND
DO ANYTHING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
(Unknown)

I've been getting off my ass this August - literally (stand-up desk!) and figuratively (story collection, new WiP!) 

Whether you're vacationing, starting something new, or completing a project, are you on top of it? Are you doing it on purpose? Are you making August count? 

The summer is almost over! Let's go!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Motivational Monday


DON'T JUDGE EACH DAY
BY THE HARVEST YOU REAP
BUT BY THE SEEDS
THAT YOU PLANT.
(Robert Louis Stevenson)

Oh, I find this so easy to forget! Do you often look back on the day or the week and feel like you accomplished nothing? I do. I wonder where the time went. I scold myself for wasting effort and energy. I determine that I will be better, do better tomorrow. 

And the truth is that while maybe we didn't accomplish anything huge or outstanding, we did set so many things - good things! - in motion. That line of dialogue jotted on a napkin might later become the lynchpin of a whole scene. The note of congratulations sent to a fellow author might result in a wonderful friendship. The passed up desserts, the extra treadmill time will show up in lower numbers on the scale, in smaller sizes in clothes. 

Let's make a point today, this week, to look back and notice those seeds, to nurture them, to be proud. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

IWSG: Weighing In


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I have a pretty persistent goal to lose weight and get healthy. I love writing but it is not contributing to this goal - I sit, I slouch, I munch on chocolate, and I drink too much coffee. It's not pretty.

Yes, I need to move more, eat better and/or eat less, but I also need to re-work my writing routine and space. To that end, I've purchased one of those exercise ball chairs and a standing-desk-thingy for my laptop. (Um, not to use at the same time though, that would be extremely awkward.) I'll let you all know how it goes.

Anyone else in the same situation, trying to lose weight and get healthy, in general and while writing? Have any advice or suggestions? If you're already fit and trim, how do you/did you do it?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Motivational Monday


MY THERAPIST TOLD ME 
THE WAY TO ACHIEVE TRUE INNER PEACE 
IS TO FINISH WHAT I START.
SO FAR, I'VE FINISHED TWO BAGS OF M&MS 
AND A CHOCOLATE CAKE.
I FEEL BETTER ALREADY.
(Dave Barry)

I used to finish every book I started reading. Didn't matter if I wasn't enjoying it - I started it, I had to finish it. I'm like that with a lot of things in my life, and I believe that creates more stress than necessary. 

The sense of satisfaction when you finish a project is wonderful, no doubt. But I'm learning that stopping something I'm not enjoying, something that's not working for me, is wonderful in a different way. It's freeing. And it's a feeling I hope to experience more and more as I try new things, explore different creative outlets. 

This week, let's finish something we started. Or, let's not. The choice is ours.