Smile. It can’t get any worse

Gotta love this kid!

Humor makes my world bearable.  How can you run on a treadmill with your thighs and buttcheeks dancing to two different beats and do anything but laugh?  How can you ‘write’ for an hour only to realize you’ve only put one (really bad) sentence down on paper and do anything but chuckle?

Read this recent post from the Writer’s Unboxed blog and laugh out loud.

Happy Writing!



Heart Rate Monitor Philosophy

HRMI recently began using a heart rate monitor during exercise.  What an eye opener!  I highly recommend that you invest in one–not a wrist device but the real deal with a watch and strap that you wear around your chest. Not only will you feel like someone is squeezing your rib cage as you agonize through a workout (you’ll get use to it, I promise), you’ll quickly discover the truth of your efforts.

I had no idea how many calories I burn with certain workouts, and how few with others.  Needless to say, I finally found the balance between calories in and calories out, and lost about 15 pounds.  But it took a meticulous monitoring of the calories I consumed compared with what I was able to burn off to do it.

What does this have to do with writing?  Many of us struggle with finding the time to write.  When writing isn’t your source of income it’s tough to justify putting aside the time it takes to accomplish your writing goals.  It becomes vital that you make the most of your writing time to produce tangible results.  I found something that works for me.

We’ve all read the tip about using a timer when you sit down to write. I used that method to power through my second and third novels.  Why does it help?  For me, it’s the same reason the heart rate monitor works.  A small action (setting the timer or putting on the HRM) that helps you get results you can see–words on the page and pounds lost.  (Of course, you still have to do the hard part…the actual writing and/or exercises).

So, go purchase a timer (and a HRM) and discover results you can celebrate.

Happy Writing!

Agent Blessing

Sometimes I need confirmation that my psychotic exercise regimen is working to improve, rather than slowly destroy, my body.  My knees and back are hell bent on stopping me but when I look in a mirror (a very rare glimpse of below the torso landscape) and see that my thighs are a fraction of a millimeter less squished together (it’s like a playdoh sandwich between there) it gives me the drive to keep going.

For me, the writing process requires confirmation, too.  After MANY form rejections, I received a personalized rejection today.  You may wonder why I would be happy about another rejection, but this heaven-sent agent felt that my submission was worth the time it took her to pen me a few paragraphs about the strengths and weaknesses she noticed in my pages.  Her personal response gave me the hope and encouragement to continue this journey.  Thank you, nameless agent!  You made my day!

On a side note…Outside confirmation is important.  But remember all of the hard work you’ve done and provide some of that confirmation to yourself, too.

Read a good book.  Take a day off of your exercise routine (yes, I said it).  Pat yourself on the back and then do it all again!



YA is cool

A few exciting things…

Inkmaster is on tonight!

My new Cathe Friedrich video should be here today! (Don’t worry, Beachbody, I still love you…:) )

I’ve sent out 25 e-queries.  Yay!  A thought…why can’t every agent get together and request the same submission materials?  I guess for the same reason that Apple can’t keep the same cord for every one of its devices…duh, they don’t have to.

Why I write YA…

I’m a healthcare provider at a university.  Today an 18-year-old student asked me, “So, do I use this inhaler BEFORE or AFTER I smoke?” You have to love the brain of a young person.  Make up some random, absurd thing you think a person would NEVER say or think and BOOM…you’re wrong!  I can promise you that some teen somewhere (possibly in my home) has said or thought those ludicrous words.  And if you concentrate very hard you may find that even you once thought the same way.  It’s what makes YA so fun.

Write on!



Taxes (and some other sad things)

Taxes make me sad.  I’ve been staring at the stack of papers in front of me all day and thinking…what else can I do besides my taxes?  It turns out–A LOT!  (write, exercise, clean the toilets, iron, shave, watch reruns of Will and Grace…so many, many things)

Have you ever looked at Instagram and thought…how does a photographer stay in business anymore?  I have.  Similarly, I have gone to amazon and looked at the endless number of novels and thought…I must be crazy.

As I mentioned in a prior post, I have begun the query process for my third novel.  I’ve sent about 25 queries now and received 8 form rejections.  Setting yourself up for rejection is not an easy thing to do.  While editing my novel I read through all 62,000 words at least 50 times, and the first 3 chapters at least 200 more.  Doubt began to set in at that time: Your writing is dull.  No one but you could find this story interesting.  You will never understand how to show and not tell, why do you try?  Agents everywhere will laugh at you.  You will find chapter one of your novel on an agents blog under, ‘How to NOT write a novel’.   Why didn’t you just stick with dystopian?

The doubt grows with each rejection.  The Type A in me will send out queries to all the agents on my list before I can really move on.  But after I hit the ‘send’ of my baby into the last cyber slushpile,  I’ll find closure to start my next novel.  Which, by the way, I’ve already outlined.

A random thought…’Naked and Afraid’, what the hell?

A sad event occurred last week, collage video, my favorite online exercise video retailer, has gone out of business:(  While I should clearly have stock in, my new favorite exercise video retailer is  Check her out.  She’s hardcore.

Back to taxes (by April 15), writing and exercise (always):)


Queries, a good website, and randomness…

I’ve started sending out queries for my YA novel.  I’ve emailed 6 agents and already received one form rejection.  Ugh.  Depression setting in.

The solution (as always):  intense exercise and more writing.

A website to bookmark:

Go look at this website.  It’s a gold mine for children’s/YA authors.

A couple things to mention…the Olympics are over!  Sad.  The new season of Inkmaster has started.  Yay!

Smile!  Keep Writing!

Writing for a Living

Check out the post above.

Robin LaFevers is the author of Grave Mercy (AWESOME! Go buy it) and wrote this piece for the WU blog.  In the article she divulges her income, since 2002, as a writer.  It was so interesting.  These are all things you know because we have all read about the economic process of traditional publishing but it was eye-opening (educational) to see the real numbers of a successful author.  PEOPLE, DO NOT QUIT YOUR DAY JOB!

It looks like it will be a very long time before I can even fund my addiction to products with my writing, much less pay any bills.  Sad.

The lesson.  Write because you love it.

Happy Writing:-)