Okay, one last post in my Writer Fitness series. This one should be an obvious for us hand-users, but really, they're so easy to neglect. Until the stabbing pain sets in, of course. To hold that at bay, here's a great ten-minute yoga sequence for wrists and fingers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSD35Q15rm8 And that's that! I hope this … Continue reading No More Ouchy Hands.
"If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I spent Saturday at my annual Young Life leader training. It's always one of the highlights of my year, a day filled with amazing worship, laughter, seminars, … Continue reading In Each Man’s Life.
Without getting all technical about it, your Psoas is a muscle in your tummy. Well, it's more than that. It runs from your hips all the way up under your ribcage. Okay, that got technical. Sorry. But see, I'm a dancer, so I get very passionate about the Psoas. It's a sort of buried muscle, … Continue reading What’s a Psoas?
Coddiwomple. It's a real word, you can look it up. It's a verb, meaning "To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination." Sounds like a good metaphor for life, if you ask me. I mean, no matter how much planning we do, the future is always uncertain. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't … Continue reading Coddiwompling Through Life.
Ooookay, so last week we focused on how to get stronger backs and cores for better desk posture. But if you're anything like me, sometimes you get really into whatever piece of writing you are working on (for me it was a personal essay... okay, rant. It was a rant), and your posture is the … Continue reading No More Ouchy Spines.
As in Lin-Manuel Miranda. As in Hamilton. So you know what I'll be singing at the top of my lungs all day. Here's the expurgated version, because I'm a lady. https://open.spotify.com/album/19CCWdJcg0C2t9OrfCdDUp There. Now you can all sing with me. Also, if you need to add a smile into your Twitter feed, here he is.
Hello everybody! As semi-promised on Tuesday, today I'm going to talk about fitness. Yes, writers should be fit. I mean, we have to live long enough to get all our words out, right? Obviously, generalized fitness is important, so we should all get out for regular walks, to loosen up our chair-shaped bodies and get … Continue reading No More Crumpled Spines.
"Do back exercises. Pain is distracting." -Margaret Atwood I mean, if there's anybody whose writing advice we can all agree is good, it would be Margaret Atwood, right? At any rate, I can certainly vouch for the truth of this one. Only I would add to it... You shouldn't just do targeted back exercises. At … Continue reading Pain Is Distracting.
As promised, here's my update after reading the NaNovel over Christmas. Surprise surprise, I was horribly nervous about it. I was feeling tons of regret over allowing my alpha readers access to it, and I was positive that I would feel like immolating the document, and myself along with it, after reading the first paragraph. … Continue reading Reading Your Work Without PTSD.
Here we are, safely arrived in Twenty-Eighteen. At least, I hope we've all arrived safely. Over Christmas break, I read my NaNovel draft, and was pleasantly shocked to realize that it's not as gosh-awful as I thought it was. What a relief, as my first drafts are usually worse than I remember. So anyway, you'll … Continue reading Baptizing the New Year.