Now that the holiday rush is over, like me, you’re probably making decisions about what you’d like to improve in 2012. Whether you choose to use that dirty word “resolution” or not, most of us have things we’d like to change. I’d like to make more structured time to write. I want to say no to obligation more often so I can spend more time with the friends and hobbies I already have. Most of all, I’d like to incorporate healthier diet and exercise so I’ll be around for my potential grandkids (and look better naked).
This summer I met Pacific Northwest author, and fellow mom of twins, Anita Boser. Her book, Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation, seems like a perfect way to get started because it’s designed for busy people. It contains 52 exercises, one for each week of the year, that you can do for just ten minutes a day. I’ve never liked New Year’s resolutions because I tend to bite off more than I can chew and then I give up. But ten minutes a day seems very reasonable.
For you technology lovers, her book has also evolved into a computer program called Undulation Break. The user is prompted to take short exercise breaks from their computer (perfect for us writers). It offers 22 exercises and 20 additional tips to avoid and reduce physical and visual strain when at a computer. It can be programmed with your unique user preferences: how often to take a break, what exercises to use on each break, and what music to play while stretching and shaking. It’s available now for PCs, with a Mac version available in early 2012.
Her video demonstrates how it works.
The exercises are designed to ease tension in the hands, shoulders, neck, spine, and hips and are based on orthopedic and ophthalmologic specialists’ recommended frequency of breaks.
Anita is offering five-day free trials of Undulation Break on her Web site. Please support a fellow local author and check it out if you think it will help you get closer to your goals for 2012. And I love comments, so let me know what you think.
Happy New Year!
I’ve been wonderfully busy. Last weekend I attended the Chuckanut Writer’s Conference here in Bellingham, WA. I attended workshops on the art of the sentence by and the award winning author Priscilla Long and one of the best known writers anywhere, Tom Robbins. I learned a new form of personal essay, the hermit crab, from Western Washington University Professor Brenda Miller.
Despite my introversion, I also managed to meet at least two more writers. Rebecca Ross is a non-fiction writer and organization specialist who has appeared on Hoarders: Buried Alive on TLC and Anita Boser is the author of Relieve Stiffness and Feel Young Again with Undulation.
I practiced my pitch with two agents from Andrea Hurst Literary Management. They gave me some advice that I’ll be taking before I send them my proposal and first 100 pages.
My sister-in-law and fellow writer Emily also attended.
I came home excited to apply the new insights I picked up regarding sentence structure. I wish I could go to a one week writing retreat to work on it right now! But alas, the kids are off from school so the writing pace is slower than when they were in school six hours a day, but I’m still plugging along.
I finally met Chuck Robinson of Village Books in person and was able to talk to him about doing a reading from Easy To Love But Hard to Raise this fall. I’m very excited to share this valuable book with other parents around the world. I also posted a blog over there yesterday about managing anxiety.
Whew! I also managed to finish Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Highly recommend it as a summer read, especiallly if you love improv, stand-up comedy, and/or Saturday Night Live as much as I do. What I love most about her writing style is that almost every sentence dabbles in the absurd while still making you feel connected to her as a real person, even when she snarks! Someone once asked me, “If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?” My immediate answer was, and still is, Tina Fey. Thanks to my husband for giving me the book for mothers day! I aspire to incorporate more humor into my memoir.
I hope your summer is feeling as relaxing and/or productive as mine.
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