The Writer’s Struggle to Stay in Shape

It has been a little bit since I posted that I was going hiatus, but that didn’t mean I was not going to keep writing. Having opened up as much free time as I have has led me to think a lot about the things that I could do to help with the stress with family life and also with just trying to keep work/life balance from collapsing.

When I was in the military, one of the things that I used to do is run when I was stressed as it allowed me a simple challenge and it really battled the anxiety and stress that came with my job. Nowadays, I don’t have as much time to run and decided that having a desk job was not going to make me any healthier. It was one thing when I worked in a warehouse but those days are gone. I’m at a desk, and I like it.

So, I decided it was time to start looking into exercise health options that would be great and wanted to share with you one that came to my attention that, after trying for a few days, has been helping me out a lot.

I know a lot of us authors and millennials have to deal with a lot more stress than we once did and I thought an excellent regimen that I could do at the house before or after work that wouldn’t take away from my family was the thing.

One thing that grabbed my attention was a seven-day regimen that focused on losing body fat that I have happily put on consuming soda and fried foods. I’m not blind, I know that my eating is one of the areas I plan to work on next. The exercise set that I found was the 7 Day Challenge To Lose Belly Fat created by Roberta’s Gym. I’m not a fitness expert nor anyone with training, but I found the exercise to be very robust and challenging. I actually tried it for four days before I got distracted by life and could not keep it up.

I do not know if you’re looking for a new in-home exercise, but I thought maybe anyone who is reading my blog might be willing to try it. Sitting at a desk both professional and personally can take a toll and finding something that can fit in my schedule is a godsend.

What do you think? Do you have an exercise you want to recommend? Do you want to keep up on all the little things I write? You can also do that by joining my newsletter. Promise, no spam!

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I’m going on Hiatus for Awhile

Jennifer Tracy ready for the hiatusI never wanted it to happen, but there is nothing I could do about it. I am going on hiatus. For the last two years, my life has become more and more stressful with family health issues, my own personal and professional responsibilities and the inevitable appearance of burn out. Writing has become extremely difficult, and even this blog post has drained what little creativity I have.

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The Lilac Princess & The Blood King (2017)

The Lilac Princess and the Blood King: By Karine Green (The World of Shestafa)The Lilac Princess and the Blood King: By Karine Green by Karine Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received this book for an honest review from Book Tasters. When I first got a copy of the Lilac Princess and the Blood King, I was not quite sure what I was expecting. The title had a very fantasy feel to it but the cover hinted at something science fiction. Upon delving in, I found the book quite enjoyable and interesting.

Without giving too much away, the story turned out to be an entertaining book about dragons and their relationship with humans in a direction that I have never seen before. It brought a blend of humor while showing that the world that Karen Greene has created is filled with more possibility that this book contains.

For dragon lovers and those who enjoy fantasy, I would recommend this book heartily!

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Gary the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories (2011): A Review

Gary the Four Eyed FairyGary the Four Eyed Fairy by Frank Mundo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Frank Mundo’s Four-Eyed Fairy Anthology collection from Booktasters for an honest review and I am happy to say that I was impressed with the story structure and unique ideas that he presented.

Each one of the twelve stories was carefully crafted and presented in a colorful way. My favorite was the “A Strong Independent Woman”. It was a great read and would recommend it to anyone else who would like fantasy!

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Now Utilizing Book Ratings!

It all started with a comment from my wife who was going through Amazon. She was looking for a book for our boys and was a bit irritated that we couldn’t get an idea and that we should have ratings like fan fiction websites do. I thought it was a brilliant idea and decided to do some research and found fictionratings.com.

They have an MPAA like system that was pretty self-explanatory though most of the website was a single page. As I have wanted a rating system for my books so people know what they are getting into, I have decided to adopt the fiction rating system on my website.

For all the books, you will now be able to find out where they are sitting before you pick them up!

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[Short Story] My Corner of the World

It had not taken Phasia long to get used to the unique sound the Icarus made as it moved through the void wrapped in a protective shell of real space. The FTL used warping technology that created a safe field inside while allowing the vessel to break the Einstein barrier of light speed.

Alone and in the lower aft section of the Tereshkova class command frigate, Phasia sat cross-legged on the steel-paneled floor staring out the large porthole that gave a view of the outside and the left pulse engine. They were presently cold having no need to run while traversing through warped space. She knew from experience they would be heated up when they got near exiting and that wouldn’t be for another two months.

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Coffee over Indie Books – The fear of Independent Publishing

Let’s face it. Any of us who have been in the indie publishing world long enough come across a meme or a saying about people who would instead buy a four dollar cup of coffee instead of an indie book. It’s a strange disconnect that does not seem to make sense. Well, in this blog post, I hope to put forward a theory why we are challenged the way we are. Of course, there isn’t a lot of empirical evidence, so the most of this theory is my own personal experience and extrapolating from it.

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