Facts and Challenges to keep your Mind and Body Healthy

As a writer and working mum, it is hard for me to find time to exercise. For writers with pressing deadlines it is even more difficult! In my case, I have elderly parents to check on, friends and family to catch up with and normal domestic stuff, so every minute counts. This is no news to writers and people who lead busy lives, however, we should all make the effort to exercise, drink water and get plenty of sleep.

Recently I put on my favourite shorts and I couldn’t do the zip up. I wasn’t happy. I realised over the last year I have done minimal exercise and spent a lot of time at my desk, writing, researching and social networking. At work I’m also behind a desk most of my day. I did a little research and have come up with some interesting facts and challenges for all of us.

Fact: Every organ and cell in our body depends on water to stay healthy.

Lack of water leads to dehydration and energy loss. You’ve all heard the saying, ‘Drink eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy.’ It should be ‘Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.’ The average man should drink 3litres, the average woman 2.2litres. The good news is we do absorb water through our food and other beverages. I do love a cup of tea.

Challenge – Have a bottle of water on your desk and take regular drinks from it.

Fact: You can develop blood clots from sitting in the one position too long.

Clots most often develop deep in leg veins and can be life threatening. They are generally caused by sluggish blood moving through the veins. This happens when we sit in cramped positions for long periods. If your leg, ankle or foot, swell, cramp or are warm to touch, you should seek medical attention. 
The most important thing you can do to avoid clots is to keep the blood flowing, so get up and walk around every 30 minutes. If you’re stuck at a desk or on an aeroplane, simply rotate your ankles and move your legs. Staying hydrated is also essential when travelling. Drink lots of water.

Challenge – Do these simple exercises at your desk. Who cares what anyone thinks.Continue reading

Erin Moira O’Hara’s Glimpse into the World of Kylie Griffin.

Erin Moira O’Hara’s glimpse into the world of Kylie Griffin.

Kylie

Kylie Griffin is the author of Vengeance Born, Alliance Forged & Allegiance Sworn.

Kylie Griffin’s obsession with all things paranormal/fantasy started at an early age, when she used to imagine the jacaranda tree in her front yard was a spaceship used to defend the world from invading enemies. Writing stories seemed a natural extension to her childhood adventures.

Today, she’s a primary school teacher sharing her love for the written word with young children. In her spare time, she writes and reads all things paranormal.

Kylie lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, where she volunteers in a number of emergency service organizations in her local community.

Hi, Kylie and welcome to the hot seat.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d love to learn how to use a variety of weapons ie. sword & dagger – I’ve read a lot about weapons and defense/attack techniques and have done a basic self-defense course, but reading about and actually using weapons on a regular basis are totally different things.

What meal do you excel at in the Kitchen?

I make a mean potato bake using potatoes, cream of chicken soup (tinned), onion & bacon, salt & pepper, cheese and a dash of milk. A hearty meal to have in the middle of winter. Yum!

What are five items you can’t live without? (I said items not cats. We all know they are at the very top of the list)

Well, yes, cats would be on the top of most lists – LOL – but seeing as you clarified, here’s my top 5:
1. Photos of my family & friends – I’d be devastated to loose those moments in in time.
2. My laptop – I had one pack it in several months ago and in the couple of weeks it took to replace it I felt like my arms had been cut off without my daily routine of writing (and…mumble, mumble…internet/email time…mumble,mumble…).
3. My library of books – can’t be without these and they’d be the first thing I’d try and save (other than my cats) if there was a housefire (if there was time).
4. My glasses – that’s the practical side in me coming out, I have trouble seeing clearly after about 3ft, everything is blurred. T-rex could be bearing down on me and all I’d see is a hulking object, so by the time he was close enough to discern I’d be a crunchy snack.
5. Tracky dacks & casual t-shirt – they’re just sooooo comfortable to wear and slouch about the house in.

If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would it be? Continue reading

February 2013 – It’s going to be a very good year.

Hello lovelies. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. I also hope 2013 is a year full of delight, happiness and success for you all.

It’s been a couple of busy months for me. We moved into our new house three weeks before Christmas and as it was our turn to host the traditional family gathering, we had a mad rush to get organised in time. We unpacked what seemed like hundreds of boxes, put up a clothesline, had the driveway cemented and got the Christmas tree up just in time. It’s all a bit of a blur now.
We still have a lot to do, especially in the garden, but we’ll get there eventually.

Once Christmas was over, I did manage to do some much anticipated reading. At the moment I’m reading a book by Vince Flynn. ‘The Last Man’, which is the latest in a series about an American Assassin who works for the CIA. If you like spies, espionage and a lot of action then you might like to take a look at this series.
I also read SE Gilchrist’s ‘Bound by Love’, an E-book which is a Romantic Fantasy about a pixie princess who becomes the unwitting pawn in a warrior’s thirst for vengeance. Neither is prepared for the passion and love that binds them, nor the hatred that may tear them apart. SE Gilchrist’s imagination and descriptive narrative is to be admired.

As to my own writing! I’ve Indie published my very first e-book on Smashwords and Amazon. It’s a romantic comedy set in 1959. ‘An Irish Rose’ is now available and if you would like to know a little more about it, then please go to the Books Header on my website, where you can see the cover and read a short synopsis. If you would like to read ‘An Irish Rose, you can download it at either Smashwords or Amazon.

One of my finished manuscripts has done very well this year. It received an Honorary Mention in the Southern Texas Southern Heat Competition. A High Commendation in the New Zealand Clendon Award and recently went through to the second round of the Australian RWA Emerald Award Competition. Fingers crossed it makes it all the way.

My romantic suspense set in Northern NSW is coming along nicely too. I have been doing a lot of research into Black Ops teams, precious stones and weapons. I’ve also interviewed a senior detective, an ex underworld figure and elders of the Worimi people, who were all happy to answer my questions. I’m usually a bit of a panzer with my writing. This is the first time I’ve plotted out most of the story.

Until next time, be good to yourself. Start each day with a positive thought and treat everyone, as you would like to be treated.

Erin Moira

November 2012

Here are a few things you should know about me.
I have an adventurous spirit and love to travel. I love to read, anything and everything. I love my family, although my children sometimes drive me crazy. And, I adore my husband who is the centre of my universe.

What am I doing at the moment: I’m reading White Feathers by Deborah Challinor. Its book two of a three book series set in New Zealand between 1879 and 1947. Book one is Tamar and is an excellent read. Book three is called Blue Smoke, which I will be reading next. Now I must be honest here, Deborah Challinor is a friend and fellow member of the Hunter Romance Writers. She is also a New Zealander, a historian and a very fine writer.

As to my own writing, I’m working with the wonderful Serena Tatti (Editor extraordinaire) on my romantic suspense, which is set in northeastern Italy. It is the story of two feuding families.

I am also self-publishing a short story which is a romantic comedy. Serena Tatti is also editing that for me and it should be up on Smashwords and Amazon by February.

And, I am working on my next book, which I will talk about in another blog.

It’s been a busy month. I attended the Hunter Romance Writers monthly meeting. We meet the 3rd Saturday of each month and are a group of both published and unpublished writers who come together to brainstorm our ideas, do writing/craft exercises and support and encourage each other. We also have a lot of fun.

And, along with the other members of the Hunter Romance Writers, I attended a workshop run by Cathleen Ross, on E-book Self-publishing. Cathleen took us through editing, formatting, business practices, writing blurbs, promoting ourselves and uploading our books to various selling platforms. The workshop was very informative and interesting.

And as if that’s not enough to keep me busy, my husband (lets call him tesoro which means my treasure) and I are about to move into our new home. It has ONLY taken ten months to build and we are very excited. Tesoro has his home office and I have my writing room (at long last). We will also only be taking two of our children as our eldest son has just bought his own home. HOORAY. Now if we could just get rid of the other two. Just kidding, I love them all dearly.
The house is set on a very large block, so it will take us years to do the landscaping. But eventually I hope to have a Tuscan courtyard to look out on as I write. DREAMS, I’M FULL OF THEM.

Until next time, be good to yourself and READ. It’s a wonderful way of transporting yourself into another world, escaping from reality, living a fantasy and learning something you didn’t know.