Before I get into all my personal stuff, I want to make sure you all know that my critique partner, Aldrea Alien, released a new book last week. It’s totally awesome (I did read it) and I had to dedicate a whole post to it, which you can find here.
Today is the first Wednesday of the month, meaning it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day! What makes me an insecure writer? It’d be the fact that I haven’t been writing.
About three months ago, I spiraled through stress and despair, trying to deal with saying goodbye to my dog and my son’s health and behavior issues. I ate and drank my feelings and the scale validated that it was finally time for me to snap out of my apathy and get back to it. It was time to change, so that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I have to say, resuming intermittent fasting (though, technically my 16:8 style is called time restricted feeding, but whatever) on the day where we fall back an hour seriously sucks. My body said, “LET’S EAT!” and my brain said, “Nope, you’ve still got an hour to go.” I’ve adjusted by now, but that isn’t the only way the time change has bitten me. My son wakes up naturally around the same time… only now, that’s an hour earlier and he’s deprived an hour of sleep because I still put him to bed at 7:30. This, of course, cuts into my morning routine and just adds unnecessary stress. (I’m pro no-more-time-change.) Today was a success with him waking up at 6:30 instead of 5:30 like yesterday (the goal is 7AM). Hopefully that means today will be a better day at school, and hopefully I’ll be able to claim a half hour in the morning to kickstart my writing again.
On top of my eating changes, I’ve increased my exercise: jump roping, kettle bell swings, push-ups, squats, dips, lunges, and planks. It’s fairly simple, and I don’t expect drastic changes, but just enough to get me back on track toward a waistline I’m not scowling at. I’ve also been doing pull-ups at work as a post-bathroom break ritual. Apparently I’ve got mild scoliosis, and the best way to treat it is by strengthening my back. Since I don’t have a rowing machine in my office, I’ll make do with the pull-up bar.
I will say, I’m feeling good, even though it’s just halfway into the first week. I’m hoping with the better physical and mental state, I’ll be able to get more words down.
IWSG Question of the Month – What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever Googled in researching a story?
Ha! I think the strangest thing that most certainly put me on a watch list somewhere is how to liquefy a human body (see Smokeless Flame in The Ancient anthology). The second weirdest thing would be the pros and cons of cannibalism.
Are you as disturbed as I am by my Google searches? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve looked up? How are you tackling life?