What am I doing right this second?
Well, I’m waiting for my phone to synchronize with Scrivner because I’m about to start one of my many writing processes. This involves copying the manuscript from Scrivner to Dragon Anywhere and also Speechify.
This probably sounds tedious to most people but hang in here if you are interested in how I get stuff done. Why would you be curious about how one writer with a full-time job in a large family manages to write eight books (so far) and several short stories this year? I guess that really depends on you, the reader. Either way, I’m going to get down with some transparency in my writing process.
The first thing I do every morning is to make sure my Scrivener files are synchronized. Then, depending on where I’m at in my process, I copy what I plan to work on into Dragon Anywhere and also Spechify. Dragon Anywhere is the voice dictation program I use on my phone. It has limitations but is pretty decent most of the time. Speechify is an app on an iPhone that will read documents in a robot voice. (You can choose different narrator voices, but they only do about five hundred words. Using my method, a writer will be listening to entire books—proof listening.)
Note: if I plan to stay in my office and write without going into the world, I often do my voice dictation on Dragon Dictation for Max. The software is no longer supported but still works—if you’re patient and know a few tricks. (Maybe I will cover that later.)
I am just beginning to work on the Last Reaper Seven, which means I’m outlining and roughing in some chapters to get a feel for the tone of this book. I also have a lot of flexibility and mobility issues from wearing a gun belt and driving in cars ten hours a day for the last twenty-three years. I’ve started doing the ROMWOD app to combat this miserable experience but I’m also doing lots of static stretching, joint mobility, and variations of foam rolling. And when I say I’m doing these things to put my body back together, I mean I’m doing them a lot.
Which is to say that being able to listen to what I wrote yesterday via Speechify while I’m stretching out and slamming any inspirational ideas into Dragon anywhere is a real boon.
It’s time to get busy and get some words. I have very little time to write but I also spend most my recreational time listing to mindset podcasts and videos. I’ve been striving to achieve my dreams for nearly 40 years and I’m extremely motivated. I hope that you find something interesting or useful from what I’m saying.
Please be safe and look out for the people you care about.
I like science fiction and fantasy for a lot of the same reasons, but they are very different and often have a distinct group of readers. I grew up on both, starting my serious reading adventures with the Doomfarers of Caramonde by Brian Daley.
It's a story about a Vietnam era soldier who takes his APC crew through a portal to a magical world and has a bunch of adventures. By today's standards, from a marketing perspective, this is a portal fantasy. I loved it because it involved going someplace impossible and doing amazing things in a dazzling new world where anything was possible.
I used to read it every year, but haven't touched it for a while. Maybe I should go back and decide if it's as good as I remember.
As time went by, I discovered authors like David Weber and John Ringo. I read Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. There were others who wrote more scientific fiction, and science fiction that probably was better classified as space fantasy.
What genre is Dune, really?
I’ve always been very happy in a book.
I've read thrillers, post apocalyptic stories, and historical fiction. It really just depends on my mood.
Right now I am enjoying science fiction and I have been invited to write in a major post apocalyptic series.
Regardless, I'm extremely fortunate to write stuff that people actually want to read. Maybe I'm not full-time, but I'm loving it and am often blown away by the support I get from people I never met before I started publishing books.
Until next time,
I'm having a really fucking hard day. But it will get better and tomorrow's a new beginning.
Once I'm done with my interview for the lieutenant position at my regular job, things will get better. It feels like a failure because I had hoped to be a full time writer by now.
I get in my own way a lot.
Why do I struggle when I have a nearly perfect life? Good friends, family, a steady job, my health, and a decent amount of success writing fiction (which has always been my dream).
Who knows? It is what it is.
I have more wonderful opportunities and so many excellent writing friends it's crazy. I'm really blessed. So thanks for that. You know who you are.
Wish me luck.
Nathan Hystad's debut science fiction novel has become a best seller in several categories including Alien Invasion, Action / Adventure - Travel, and Science Fiction - Metaphysical & Visionary and earned over forty reviews within the first two weeks of publication.
Fans of these genres might know Nathan from the anthologies he produced and edited through Woodbridge Press:
A lot of amazing things have happened recently.
Writing collaborations, insane weather patterns, and new friends.
This morning I had big plans for the day. Why? Because it is my day off from work, all the kids are at school, and my wife works. A few things went wrong with this plan but will get to that later.
I have four kids across a wide spectrum of ages. One of my middle children is in college and on the rowing team. I remember this particular part of the training season fondly, or maybe an absolute horror, but yes fondly. I was in shaped back then.
So my daughter is on her way to indoor training, translation let's see how bad this can hurt until it's time to get on the water again. She informs me, possibly in a slight panic, that an ice storm has completely encased her Jeep in frozen precipitation. I calmly explained to her that I've done this before and even though she thinks it is basically un-scrapable, that we can get it done.
The Moon teamwork begins. I use all the skills I've learned in Kansas and abroad, notably how to cut grooves of the ice with the scraper and then break those down. I lean my two hundred pound frame into the work and begin to clear away the windows. Sleet and snow continued to pour down.
Then, a flash of lightning.
Keep in mind it is very dark this early in the morning… And snowing.
Why is this so amazing? Probably because I've been writing a novel with Richard Fox called The Rage of Winter. It is set on a winter world and has some similarities with the Winter War of nineteen thirty-nine — except in a sci-fi environment with the fate of the entire galaxy at stake. Last week I did research on Google about thunder snow, because it sounded cool.
Thunder snow is extremely rare. For reasons that are slightly beyond my scientific capacity to explain, but that I can basically understand if I read it from someone else, you get a thunderstorm in the winter with flashes of lightning. Very cool and scary.
So that was different. I made a video and put it up on our Keystroke Medium Facebook group.
The Rage of Winter is the second book in the Terran Strike Marines series I am writing with Richard Fox. The first book, The Dotari Salvation, is alive and well and never has too many reviews… Hint, hint. Please and thank you. (All the books mentioned in this article are available through Kindle Unlimited, a service I was on the fence about for a long time. Now I couldn't live without it. I'm reading more than ever before!)
My solo work is still coming along nicely, but I have had fantastic opportunities to collaborate lately. In addition to Richard Fox sharing his writing awesomeness with me, teaching me his very impressive plotting and pacing techniques, I've been working with Craig Martelle on the Darklanding series.
Darklanding is something really special in the world of science fiction. We originally conceived it as something like Firefly meets Tombstone and other old westerns. The characters have taken on a life of their own since then and fans seem to really like it. Episode five, An Unglok Murder, is coming out very shortly and will be a little bit of a murder mystery. Despite my background in law enforcement, I've never written a murder mystery. So this is mostly space opera / Western, but there is a little bit of whodunit.
I hope you will check it out. Each episode after number three is thirty thousand words, a decent sized novella. (And, spoiler alert, six and seven are complete...ready for launch every 18 days. What started off as a short tale at the end of the known galaxy is now pushing two hundred thousand words and will be three hundred thousand by the time it's all said and done.)
So back to what's going on today. Turns out we had a snow day which has cut into my writing productivity, but hey the kids like it. Except for one who has a migraine kid, thanks to my genetic code. Life is always interesting. Sometimes it's less easy than other times. I'm happy to be here and feel blessed. Once we get through today's headache, there will be great celebration!
I hope you have an aweome day.
Hello there, my name is Scott Moon. You probably don't know me, but if you do, you may have seen Keystroke Medium, an interview show where Josh Hayes, Ralph Kern, Chuck Manley and I talk about reading, writing, and everything in between. We’ve interviewed some of the best writers of speculative fiction in the business.
I write military science fiction, as do many of my friends.
What else do you need to know about me? Well, I love audiobooks. I’ve even had a few of my books made into audiobooks by professionals. But that is not what this blog article is about.
Once upon a time, I woke at an absurd hour one Thanksgiving morning and thought nothing would be better than to read my books live on YouTube. So I gave it a try, but defaulted to the path of least resistance, which was "video by cell phone". To get the best quality, and not to wake up the entire family, I went out to my car in the garage which was turned off for safety reasons obviously, and proceeded to read into the camera.
There were problems to this approach, although it wasn't too bad. The sound quality was pretty decent and it was a straightforward process to upload the video. But let's be honest, I've always wanted to create my own audiobook. If you follow along with this project I've started, you'll see that I'm reading pretty neutrally. Not a lot of voice acting going on here, but I plan to improve. (More on that later.)
So even though I will never have time to become a full-time voice narrator, or the skill, I think I have the ability to become a pretty serious hobbyist in this regard.
If you are an author who has considered audiobooks, which you should because they are the biggest growth industry we have available to us right now, then you may have gone to ACX and read the terms of publication. One thing will jump out at you right away. The ACX contract is for seven years. So if you are an enthusiast like myself, it might be best not to lock in a decent but not professional project for that period of time. Especially if you want to charge money for it. (Be patient, young Padawan!)
My YouTube audiobook is a happy medium--my reasonable and totally unpretentious compromise (I hope). By the time I'm finished with this book, I should have mastered most of the technology needed to produce a basic audiobook and improve my skill as a voice narrator also. (I really love audiobooks and admire my favorite audiobook narrators like they are rock stars. I couldn't tell you the name of the lead singer of my favorite bands like I could back in highschool, but I can list the best narrators out there right now. I listen to a lot of audiobooks...have I mentioned this?)
What should an author do to start creating audiobooks? The title of this blog is “easy first steps”, so let's get to that part right now.
1) Listen to audiobooks. Listen to a lot of audiobooks. You may find that some voice narrators are so talented you would listen to the book regardless of what the book was about. Keep this in mind for later when you are hiring your own narrator.
2) Check out ACX.com. This is the audiobook equivalent of Kindle direct publishing. It's not as easy to navigate but it's not impossible. There are two ways to hire a voice narrator through this system. You can pay someone or you can sign up for a royalty share. I've done both, and they each have their pros and cons. (Also, there are other audiobook alternatives to ACX that should be researched. I haven’t used them yet.)
3) Read your books aloud. If you are serious writer, you should be doing this already to help catch typos and get a feel for the flow of the language.
4) Try out a simple and inexpensive program such as audacity or GarageBand. Read your book and edit it. Keep it simple. At this stage in my audiobook journey, I am basically taking out obvious mistakes and places where I clear my throat or take a breath that the mic picks up. The most useful thing I've learned recently, is to delete the unwanted sound bite but keep the gap in the audio file. This will make more sense if you're looking at your editing program (Audacity, GarageBand, Adobe, ect…). What this does, is maintain the rhythm of the speech without all the heavy breathing.
That's about all I have for today. I've included links to the first three chapters of Bayonet Dawn. If you could do me an awesome favor and give them a listen, that would be fantastic. You might even consider liking and subscribing to my YouTube channel.
Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you have a fantastic day.
Bayonet Dawn - Chapter 1 - Contact (part 1)
Bayonet Dawn - Chapter 1 - Contact (part 2)
Bayonet Dawn - Chapter 2 - Gone
Bayonet Dawn - Chapter 3 - Brother
Followers of Keystroke Medium (www.keystrokemedium.com) have the inside scoop. I have been writing with Richard Fox in his Ember War universe. Check out the exclusive YouTube interview here. Richard also announced the project on his Facebook page here.
I absolutely loved the Ember War series. Writing this book with Richard Fox is a dream come true.
The Dotari Salvation is complete and will be published in January.
Announcing a new Ember War Universe series! Terran Strike Marines launches in January!
When The Terran Union has a mission it cannot fail, it calls up the Strike Marines. They are trained to improvise, adapt, overcome and win every fight.
Earth’s allies, the Dotari, face extinction from a deadly disease. The cure lies in deep space, and Lieutenant Hoffman and his team will join the starship Breitenfeld for the journey into the void.
Lurking in the abyss is a threat that’s waited with inhuman patience, and Hoffman must lead his Marines through a gauntlet and evade a foe designed to hunt and kill humans.
The Dotari Salvation is an action-packed military science fiction adventure set in the best-selling Ember War universe.
Recently, I switched from twenty years of working nights to day shift. During my weekend that is not a weekend, I get some one on one time with our new puppy. Mavis had surgery yesterday and needs to be watched. Everything went well, but being a dog parent is serious business.
Last night we had really awesome interview with Armand Rosamilia over at Keystroke Medium. My head is still hashing out all the stuff we talked about. So that's good.
In a couple of hours, I have to host an interview with Chris Fox and Ralph Kern. We are going to talk about Chris's new recent release, Behind the Lines: Ganog Wars Book 1. Normally this would just be another day in the exciting life of the Keystroke Medium crew, but Josh can't make this time slot, so the tech stuff falls to me.
Anyway, please take a look at the video. Like and subscribe. Share it around. Everyone likes, puppies, unless they are puppy eating aliens. So don't be a puppy eating alien.
FYI, I am not letting any monsters from Ganog or anywhere else anywhere near Mavis!
Book Three in the Grendel Uprising series, Heavy Weapons, is set for pre-order on June 17th. Why would I do that and what is Viking Sci-fi?
Before I can explain, there are a few other things I needed to cover about the Keystroke Medium show I recently cohosted.
Please check out this short video. Like, subscribe, and share for maximum effect.
On Friday morning, I created an off-the-cuff video about this unique event for writers. I was getting ready for a nine hour drive home. With energy and motivation practically oozing from the universe, I decided to write for an hour and make a video before hitting the road.
The video isn't too long. I will do others once I have reviewed my notes and implemented some of the best practices and suggestions of the presenters and other attendees.
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Few things are more obvious to a writer than the following statement. If I could write five thousand quality words a day, it would change my life.
This idea isn't new, but it has been with me all day. And it’s as magical as lightsabers, warp drive, chocolate, or an endless supply of coffee.
So let me say it again.
If I could write five thousand quality words a day, it would change my life.
What are some barriers to this goal?
First Steps Toward 5k a Day
Today I'm going to share three simple steps that can help increase writing productivity. There are a ton of books, blogs, and experts on this subject. You can spend hours or weeks or months researching it or you can just listen to me and get started.
The bulk of my new word count goal will be fiction, but I believe two thousand to five thousand words a day will also allow me for some room to blog. Please look forward to further discussion of this topic another's and leave comments. I would love to know what other people are doing to achieve their goals.
Thanks for spending some time here on my blog and if you enjoy listening to podcasts and YouTube interviews, please check out www.KeystrokeMedium.com (where Josh Hayes and I talk about reading, writing, and everything in between.)
Have a great day!
(The links below, are if fact, affiliate links. Using these links earns me a small commission, but that isn't why I wrote this blog article. Both of the books are excellent. I have the older version of Dragon Naturally Speaking, and assume the newer version is also good.)
Who doesn't love a deadline!
Becuase I am crazy, and want to drive myself a little farther over the brink in 2017, I decided set three books for pre-order on Amazon.
One (Dragon Land) is already published. No problem there.
My February release is comfortably close to being ready; I should just have it back from the editor and formatted by launch day. A little stressful, but getting a bit "real."
In March, I will be releasing my first book under a pen name (which is my actual name with a slight change), and it needs to be written. From the begining. Oh my God.
There are penalties for missing the pre-order date. Wish me luck, because I am going to need it.
I discovered a thing called Patreon recently. For my very first ever Patreon exclusive, I started a video series chronicling the last month before launch. This will include some of my fears and insecurities that I don't normally share outside a small group of friends.
Check it out here: Scottmoonwriter Pateron Page
Today my co-host, Josh Hayes, and I will be interviewing Peter F. Hamilton. I was hesitant to blog about this because it hasn't happened yet.
I am still a bit awestruck. Josh reached out to Mr. Hamilton's people, and long story short, he has agreed to come on the Keystroke Medium show today. We are huge fans, old and new. (A couple of months ago, Josh learned I had not read anything by this legend of science fiction. He jumped up and down and waved his hands...in a totally dignified and supportive fellow science fiction fan kind of way.
I purchased the audiobook of Pandora's Star...and listened to it twice. (Spoiler alert, not a short book!)
About the time I finished Judas Unchained and was straight up in awe of this massive story, we got the word that Peter F. Hamilton, best selling science fiction author and genuine legend of the genre, would be on the show.
This episode won't be recorded live, but please go to KeystrokeMedium.com or find it on YouTube tonight and check it out. Or maybe this Facebook event link will help.
And now I will practice deep breathing exercises for the next three hours to get ready to meet one of my writing heroes. This is happening!
Die Like A Man is an urban fantasy cop thriller with an emphasis on action and thrills. I spent over ten years writing it with many drafts and revisions. Although it has a professional book cover and professional edits, it is not selling as well as I hoped.
What can a writer do?
He can ask for advice (and give away a free copy to curious volunteers)!
If you think you might be able to rescue me and this book (which is really good, by the way), please sign up here and start by getting a Rebranding & Relaunching Team Copy of Die Like A Man right here.
I haven't blogged for a while, it's true.
I could blame it on my new book release, Weapons of Earth, which is the third and final book in the Chronicles of Kin Roland trilogy. I might even contribute my lack of blogging to my study of marketing and other things related to the book business. All of that would be true, however they still seem like a lame excuses.
So guess what, I'm back. Here's what's going on right now.
I did in fact release Weapons of Earth. This book is now available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback. The audiobook may be somewhat delayed because my narrator has joined a band called The Long Run, which is a well-known Eagles tribute band. He's extremely talented. It will be late Fall before he can work on the audiobook.
I started reaching out to some of my email subscribers with the hope they would join the S.M.A.R.T. ( Scott Moon Advance Reading Team). This is very exciting to me because of the great feedback I received during the final stages of the Weapons of Earth launch. I am not afraid of making this a fairly large group, however it is limited and will be exclusive. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you are interested. I am more selective with people who come from outside of my subscriber list, because I know everyone receiving the newsletter is interested in my writing (as opposed to selling me infomercial products). Unfortunately I also get unsolicited emails who could care less about reading anything. Hard to believe, right?
One of the things my advanced readers (S.M.A.R.T.) asked about was whether or not there would be another book in the Kin Roland universe.
As it happens, I have some great ideas about a prequel. Also, I have some stories brewing that would start right after the Kin Roland trilogy ends. My original plan was to pursue a very interesting premise that occurs 50,000 years after Kin Roland makes his big decision on Hellsbreach. I will write short stories based on my favorite characters, including those who were not given large parts in the current trilogy. One of these, is Ashton Roland, Kin Roland's little brother (half-brother, actually) is a space pirate and governor of a faraway world. His mistress / love of his life is Tabitha, the mother of William Orlan.
Since anybody who has followed my blogs or watches the Keystroke Medium show knows that I tend to work on multiple projects at once, this next thing should not come as a surprise. I joined a Facebook group with some of my writer friends that is doing the 90-day novel (a book about writing by Alan Watt). About a year or so ago I used Alan Watt’s techniques to create a book that is currently not published, because I became distracted with other projects and life.
What makes this different is that once I get to the 90-day stage I will go through exercises in the 90-day rewrite book by Alan Watt. So here it is, at the end of the 90-day novel project, which we are actually scheduling to be a bit longer to incorporate NANOWRIMO 2016, I plan to put up this new project, Run Girl, for preorder. This'll be the longest preorder I've ever done and a bit of an experiment for me to commit to a project like this.
I will blog about the process.
Run Girl is a book I already have a book cover for that I like and it is also a slightly different genre. I would call a science fiction thriller. At this stage in the writing process the main character is a young female federal agent. It might fit new adult type science-fiction thriller. I'm not going to give a lot of spoilers because everything is going to change during this 90-day novel writing process. What I have in my head and have started to work on is really cool. Here are some images I am collecting on Pinterest for inspiration. https://www.pinterest.com/.../new-book-inspiration
That's enough for now. I won't going into the many other projects in various stages of completion. Dragon Land, the final book in the Michael Prim (The Lost Dragonslayer trilogy) is basically done except for the dramatic ending. However I've been doing a lot of self editing before sending it to the professional editor. I really want to wrap this one up right.
Thanks for reading my blog. I know that this one is a bit longer than usual. I am writing the first draft of this blog article using Scrivener voice transcription and then putting it in my scrivener for iOS folder so that I can revise and edit on the go. I have a hard time expressing how cool this is.
Have a fabulous day.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as “Texas” there was a gathering of word-wizards and prose-warriors known for their fearlessness, generosity, and clever minds. They were the Smarter Artists and this is the story of their Summit meeting. Everything about this magical event might have been lost if not for the reluctant hero of this story, the protagonist with a heart of gold and access to Google Maps. Might have is a key phrase here, because it is suspected that other writers in attendance have also chronicled the daring adventures of both the hosts and the attendees. To ascertain the veracity of this hypothesis, quest for the Self Publishing Podcast, the Creative Penn, and Garrett Robinson. You might even search for #TheLegendOfBenHale on Instagram.
Ben Hale, you see, is an author who writes in the YA Fantasy Genre (The Chronicles of Lumineia), thirteen books at the time of this writing and more on the way. “Ben is the most excellent of people,” one attendee reported. Later, as the event neared it’s dramatic conclusion, Ben Hale was called upon to name one-hundred-and-fifty attendees that he had just met, including the sound engineer and photographer. The price of failure would have been dire humiliation, or at least some awkward teasing -- since the Smarter Artists were all great friends by this point.
“It was amazing,” an attendee said. “It shows that Mr. Hale really pays attention to the people he meets. He is of excellent character.”
From the first moments of the Smarter Artist Summit, it was evident that this was no ordinary writing conference. First of all, there was a magical creature known as Amy who rallied all the forces of good. It is roundly believed that Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright owed her many thanks and encouraged all of the Smarter Artists to thank her by clapping and otherwise expressing appreciation.
This occurred frequently. Sean would identify something awesome and say, “Big hand for Amy!”
And there was much rejoicing.
The protagonist of this story, who will remained unnamed due to his inability to remember every master and student, felt the two day event was magical beyond rational description and secretly wished he was Ben Hale, so that he might know all the Smarter Artists. Do to the benevolence of the universe, he learned a great deal about building a quality writing career and met the coolest people ever. Many of whom pledge to stay in touch with the Book of Faces.
What might have happened if the Smarter Artist Summit never happened? The world would be a less interesting place. Many writers would have missed finding “there people.” Stories that are destined to entertain and inform thousands of people would remain in the dark.
The Presenters included:
Andre Chaperon (Internet Business Guru)
Nick Stephenson (Best Selling Author and Internet Marketing Smart Guy)
James Tonn (Podium Publishing)
Mark Lefebvre (Kobo Writing Life)
Joanna Penn (Best Selling Author)
Julia Kent (Best Selling Author)
J. A. Huss (Best Selling Author)
Damon Courtney (Book Funnel App)
Dan Wood (Draft 2 Digital)
Johnny B. Truant (Best Selling Author)
Sean Platt (Best Selling Author)
David Wright (Best Selling Author)
Amy Teegan (The Amy Teegan)
Jim Kukral (Best Selling Author and Business Guru)
Bryan Cohen (Author of Ted Saves the World)
In time, all of the attendees and presenters will find their names in the story of the Smarter Artists. And that will be the best adventure ever.
Have you ever wondered about points of view and how they affect narrative order? What about the finer points of space opera and other genres? Listen and watch was Josh Hayes and I completely demystify these and other topics...or at least talk about writing and stuff.
Video blogging is new and mysterious to me. I can't speak for Josh or the audience we had during the live broadcast, but I had a lot of fun. Probably, there will more and better video blogs headed this way.
Thanks for stopping by!
Simple Food for Health
My goal is to never get sick again. Now before you criticize me for being a total slacker with no ambition, let me suggest this will be harder than it sounds in a simple goal statement. Why would such a thought occur to me at one a.m. when I should be sleeping? To answer that, let’s dig into why I should be sleeping, since I am actually scheduled to be at work.
This is about day five of a nasty cold, or whatever the heck you call it. Earlier in the year, when the cold and flu season was staging its own biological war on my community, I slipped through unscathed despite every friend, family member, and co-worker becoming ill. I was exercising, eating well, and taking Zinc with my Vitamin C. For whatever reason, I broke this routine and have been fighting various forms of the crud for weeks, this morning being the dramatic climax, I hope.
When my throat hurts, I often eat Wheat Chex cereal because it feels good on my throat -- kind of like a scrub brush to sweep the junk out. This morning I decided to try something different: one whole orange and whey protein mixed in water. (In the past this would be a smoothie, be I decided to actually eat most of my fruits and vegetables for a while, instead of blending them. This had the same effect as cereal; it gave my throat a break from the mysterious acid-slime that seems to be running down my throat when it isn’t packing my nasal cavities and cutting off my breathing all night long.)
Which brings us to my very simple nutritional plan that combined with quality exercise, sufficient sleep, and a great mental attitude should remove illness from my buffet bar of misery and productivity destroying excuses.
Whole fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats from food such as avocados. But mostly whole fruits and vegetables with some protein. And mostly vegetables, the greater variety the better.
This isn’t a vegan diet, or paleo, or any of the dozens of eating strategies I have tried over the years. This is merely something simple that I hope works for me. (You might notice I didn’t eat all the things not to eat; I am trying to keep it positive.) With luck, I will have great success and share it with everyone. Please leave comments and opinions at the end of this blog article. I would love to hear your thoughts.
NOTE: my starting weight, according to my Fitbit scale was 187.5 pounds with 19.4% body fat. I log my food with the Myfitnesspal app.
0115: One whole orange, whey protein powder in water.
0930: 1 can of chicken (4 servings), 4 cups of steamed broccoli (I ate this until 1110 hours).
* I will add the rest of food I eat at the end of the day, because I am sure everyone will check back to see if I follow through. *
If you have scrolled down far enough to read my post-script, fantastic. Writing non-fiction, as cool and useful as it is, is not my primary calling in life. I have a regular job, because I do enjoy eating, healthy or otherwise. My family is also pretty keen on the idea. Someday I hope that regular job will be replaced, perhaps in retirement, with a full-time income of fiction writing.
To succeed in the ever-competitive fiction market I have learned it is important to write more than other writers; no excuses are allowed. An easy example is Stephen King, who was been writing 3,000 words a day for most of his life. During an interview he once told a reporter that he wrote everyday except for his birthday and Christmas, but later confessed in his book On Writing: Memoirs of the Craft that this was a lie. “I write everyday,” he said.
This is advice worth taking. How can I follow his example if I get sick. Sure, I can gut it out for a time, but staying healthy would be a lot easier. To keep the dream alive I plan to maintain a foundation of health. How could this be wrong?
Thanks for hanging in there, and good luck in all that you do. If you are interested in Science Fiction or what I call Police Paranormal (a bit like Urban Fantasy the way I write it), then check out my books. Enemy of Man is science fiction packed with action in the style of Aliens and Starship Troopers. As the first book in the Chronicles of Kin Roland, it is free. Dragon Badge pits street cops against sorcerers and dark magic as worlds collide. The same deal applies to the Lost Dragonslayer series; the first book is free. (I love reviews, like I really love them, more than chocolate or cute puppy videos.)
One last item for consideration. Should I be worried that my word processor recognizes My Fitness Pal and Fit Bit as spelling errors, demanding with a squiggly red line that they be changed to Myfitnesspal and Fitbit?
Be safe, and please excuse my rather liberal use of the semi-colon in this article, it is two-thirty in the morning after all.
More Than Just Boricio Wolfe: A Review of Yesterday's Gone (Season 1): How Many Stars Should I Rate It?
I hope you read my earlier post today, because when I wrote it, I was basically making an excuse not to make my #3KADAY goal. Yes, all of that business-ish stuff needed to be done. And I had a lot of work to do for my second real job. And there is this strange and mysterious organization called a family that never gives up on me no matter how anoying I become. Life must come before art, but that important fact does not make it easier to keep the dream alive.
There were so many things that went wrong today. I knew I was in trouble because I didn't do the writing first as I had intended. It should have been okay because I found a long block of time that should have been just like writing first thing in the morning. About a half an hour ago I hit my 3k goal. Friday is the first day of my logging week, so it is a relief to get off to a good start. I hope that any goal you are pursuing this week is also going well.
Dragon Land, the third and final book of the Lost Dragonslayer Trilogy, now stands at 51,500 words. I am having a blast!
Just for fun, you might want to check out the free digital copy of Dragon Badge (Book 1 in the Lost Dragonslayer Trilogy.) Maybe, if you're just crazy enough, you might even consider leaving a review. Only the bravest, most intelligent, and generally awesome readers have what it takes to write a book review!
Life is an adventure. I read to expand my horizons and write because I must.
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