Writing Can Be A Pain In The Back!

July 31, 2010
Seriously, I'm not attempting to be facetious here. Anyone who sits for extended lengths of time, whether writing against a deadline, painting your latest masterpiece, working as a data entry clerk or a financial analyst or customer service rep, you need to find the time to move your butt out of that seat.

A few short weeks ago, I was bending over to pick up something in my closet before setting off to run some errands. As I stood back up with the item in hand, I felt a sharp pain. I went directly to my bed to lay face down, thinking the pain would subside after a short period of rest. It did not. I ended up bedridden for about five days before I was able to move around freely without pain. For more than a week, there was no writing, no illustrating, nothing really productive going on. It hurt to move. I had to be very careful about how I chose to turn over to lie on my side. Getting up to go or shower was misery. My husband and kids helped me with heat and ice therapy and took care of cooking and cleaning. I smeared lots of analgesic cream on my lower back and tried to rest and sleep the time away. There were no visits to the doctor for a Vitamin D shot or a prescription for pain relief medicine. No corporate job equals no medical coverage.

I'm well now, Thank God!

If you cannot afford a $700 ergonomically designed chair that provides back support while sitting for long lengths of time, dash on down to your local drug store and purchase a back stabilizer. It gives support to your lower back and abdomen and provides added lumbar support for about $25 or more. I'm using one now and making sure I get up from my chair a number of times during the day for exercise.

Remember, take time to stand, walk and stretch. This week it will be very hot where I live--as high as 105 degrees. Even if it's hot where you live, walk and move around indoors as often as you can. Humans aren't meant to be sedentary. Move, breathe, occupy your space. 

Next time I'll talk about the things that crop up and cause delays in our plans--including finishing those illustrations for Emily, Brave and Swift. :)

Best!
Until next time...

 


 

New Cover Design for Bitty and the Guardian of Sespria

July 11, 2010
Although my intent was to put my nose to the grindstone and complete all illustrations for Emily, Brave and Swift, I spent the greater portion of the last two weeks revising the Cover art for my Bitty novel. I believe the new cover will better attract my intended target market--YA Fantasy Adventure readers. While I was redesigning the cover (which was originally a painting of Bitty stepping out of her world into Sespria), I also used the opportunity to creatively spruce up some of the interio...
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Teaser Illustration: Emily, Brave and Swift

June 25, 2010
These past weeks I have been working on the illustrations for Emily, Brave and Swift. Of course, this does not mean I have not been busy with all other aspects of creating, marketing and publishing children's books. I most definitely have. But if I am to arrive to the point where Emily, Brave and Swift is ready to be published, I must allot x amount of hours to completing the illustrations.

I must own up to something: I am not a professional artist! Okay, there, it's out! I took exactly one d...

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Teaser: Emily, Brave and Swift

June 6, 2010

This week I hope to make some forward progress with my third book, Emily, Brave and Swift. I have nearly completed the editing and have sketched the cover art and four of the seven interior page illustrations. The concept of Emily, Brave and Swift came to me early one morning, several months ago. The idea of an isolated, somewhat neglected child who is both independent and brave is a challenge. To make it more of a challenge, the setting is in medieval times and blends in a little present d...

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A Good Staff Is [not] So Hard To Find.

May 21, 2010
In an effort to have a talented and qualified staff in place once my humble press begins to offer a la cart services to Indy authors, I placed an on-line ad for "Work Made for Hire"  illustrators, proofreaders and editors. In the ad, I specified that I was looking for individuals who can work within the confines of a set, per page rate, allowing me the ability to offer these services at very affordable rates.

Before I could press the "enter" key to send the ad through (okay, slight exaggerati...

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A Walk in the Park, Right?

May 13, 2010
Nearly two months ago, I began walking for exercise again. I hadn't taken my morning two-mile walk for nearly a year. It was so hot in Texas last summer that I simply found a just reason to take a break. Well, a few weeks ago I realized I needed to get back out there. Like most folks struggling to start/run a business--particularly one that involves writing, I spend long hours sitting in front of my computer. Lately, I'd been noticing that towards the end of the day, my feet had become a bit ...
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A Step Backwards

May 6, 2010
Hello, Fellow Career Transition-ers:

Okay, I wish I'd had the foresight, wherewithal, energy and courage to begin this blog two-plus years ago when I was laid off from my job. Job? Really it was a life-career of over 25 years in finance/management/advertising. To say I was shocked to get the news is at the very least, lacking and insufficient in describing the full range of emotions I experienced. The journey to where I am today can best be described as very bumpy, but as I look back, the pro...

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