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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Fought, Who Gave Life and Limb to Keep Us Free

I read this recent post by Heather Sanders on remembering Memorial Day, celebrating it for what it means to all of us. And she put it so succinctly, that I share it here with you: http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/2015/05/memorial-day-a-day-for-remembering/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pioneerwoman-full-rss-feed+%28Pioneer+Woman+FULL+RSS+FEED%29.

Thank you to all our servicemen and women.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Eight Days into the Bulletproof Diet

First, my apologies for not posting anything sooner. This year has been a busy one, and, for a freelancer, that is great news.

Second, I'm loving the Bulletproof diet (BD herein). Today I'm beginning day eight, but already I'm sleeping better. I'm not hungry. I drink less coffee. I'm drinking more water. I eat one or two meals a day with Bulletproof coffee as my morning fix. I don't snack anymore (Gasp! How can that be?), except for maybe at nighttime, using Dave Asprey's tip about fructose and using the sugar-crash to fall sleep. Such a cool idea.

Plus those numbers on my scale are dropping (but my old scale is manual, not digital, and prone to wild jumps in both directions, so I'm hesitant to go by it alone. Still my jeans are looser.) I have high energy levels anyway, but I've noticed some days where I really feel even more energetic.

And I'm not following the plan.

What I'm doing in a nutshell is having my version of the Bulletproof coffee using my Starbucks supply with two tablespoons Kerrygold butter and one tablespoon of XCT coconut oil (from bulletproofexec.com) and trying to get another three tablespoons of good fats during the day. If I apply coconut oil to my body, I count that in too. After all, our bodies absorb what's on our skin.

The rest of the BD will just come in stages.

And I'm telling myself that this is okay. I'm doing better today than one week ago. I firmly believe food should be our medicine, and I'm trying to prevent diseases and illness and diabetes and cancer with my grocery purchases, even on a restricted budget.

So, yes, eating healthy, eating organic, is more expensive, but I'm eating less, so that helps offset my wiser food purchases. And, with my freelancing, I'm going the baby-steps route. I bit the bullet and bought organic nitrate-free bacon and organic pastured eggs ($12.00 at my local Sprouts store), thinking breakfast would be a cheaper meal to purchase organically. It was still a shock when I checked out prices.

Everything else I eat is not organic.

I'm still using store-bought soaps, shampoos, cleaning supplies. I hope to replace those with homemade essential oil versions soon. My household water is not filtered. I'm not buying bottled spring water, yet.

So my environment and what I put topically on my body still has chemicals in it.

Baby steps.

But I find I want more veggies now that I am free to add Kerrygold butter to them. So even though it's spring, I'm favoring hot side dishes over cooling salads. During a couple hectic back-to-back workdays that ended up totaling over twelve hours each, I got hungry and stopped for "lunch" some eight hours after my BD coffee breakfast. Yeah, I was amazed too.

I did cheat three days of the previous seven and ate some of my Red Hots stash, but now I have dark-chocolate-covered almonds to divert my attention. And, when I do eat either of these, I'm eating less of them.

I'm keeping a food journal to watch for the racing heart reaction within 1.5 hours of eating something that I'm sensitive too, to help me narrow down those foods and weed them out. That was just one of the great tips from Dave Asprey's book, Bulletproof Diet.

So that's the skinny. This may be the eating lifestyle I can actually pull off forever. Of course any diet that encourages me to have coffee for breakfast is good in my book. Plus any plan that can allow for such a diversion as mine presently is from the BD's "perfect" implementation is wonderful, great, surprising.

I'll update more about my BD experience later.

NOTE: The brands mentioned herein are my personal preferences and only added to show details. I'm not getting paid by any of the companies producing these brands.


"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)



What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year 2015 and a Quote to Live By

Here's to a wonderful year. And what better way to start off than with a great quote:

Learn from yesterday; live for today; hope for tomorrow. Albert Einstein

Welcome to 2015. Best wishes to all.



"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)



What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra

Friday, December 19, 2014

Quick Recap of 2014 and Sending Holiday Wishes

I tallied up my freelance copyediting hours to date for 2014 and also got a bird's-eye view of the year's heavy and slow months. Of course this varies from year to year.

But here's how my 2014 worked:

My slowest months (less than 100 hours worked in each), in this order from least to most, were: January, December (to date), October and July. It is normal for the publishing industry (even for Indies) to have a basic slow period from October to December each year.

My heaviest months (more than 200 hours worked in each), in this order from least to most, were: May, November, August and September. As you can imagine, my two heaviest months were back to back, which made August and September more than hectic.

But now, in my slow period, I'm able to get to stuff overlooked before in my house and yard, as well as more time for reading, fiction and nonfiction both. I'm happy with my year, professionally and personally, other than a recent bout of the thirty-day flu (not fun) and still not exercising (except for the occasional yard work).

I hope you had a great year too. Here's to a wonderful 2015. Merry Christmas, everyone! Have a safe and happy New Year.


"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)



What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fighting Plagiarism and Cyberbullies

I don't know how familiar you may be with the work of Rachel Ann Nunes being plagiarized by one Utah woman with many aliases, who then used those aliases to cyberbully Nunes too, but Rachel Nunes has filed suit against Tiffanie Rushton. You can search the Internet for various articles on this matter, but here to get you started is a link to Rachel's blog: http://rachelannnunes.blogspot.com/.

Per Rachel's latest Go Fund Me update, she states:

My attorney tells me it will
likely cost another $30,000,
even to do a summary
judgment, and 100,000 for
a jury trial. That much to get
someone not to plagiarize
and harass me.

What a sad statement of our world and some of the people in it.

If you would like to contribute to Rachel's legal fees in the prosecution of this matter, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/standingagainstplagiarism.

I so hate bullies, and I really can't stomach people who make money from efforts not their own. Plagiarism is theft, stealing, having no regard for the person with the actual creativity and imagination, not to mention Rachel's hard work and diligence, to first put those words to paper.

As Nora Roberts stated in regard to her own work being plagiarized by Janet Dailey, it is "mind rape." I agree.

Best wishes, Rachel. When we fight one plagiarist, we send a message to them all.


"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)



What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazon and Simon & Schuster Reach a Multiyear Agreement

I'm so glad I'm already an Indie-published author. But, if I were a trad-pubbed author, I'd want to have been with Simon & Schuster rather than Hachette. S&S negotiated with Amazon for three weeks, and, two months before their current contract expired, reached an agreement. Which makes S&S shine compared to Hachette. For more details, there are plenty of news feeds on this subject today, but here's one to click now:
http://news.yahoo.com/amazon-signs-multi-deal-simon-schuster-business-insider-210830874--sector.html.

Best wishes to those Hachette authors.


"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)



What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider Secrets from Hollywood's Top Writers by Karl Iglesias

Just finished reading this one tonight, and it is full of wisdom for both authors and screenwriters alike.

Have you ever read a book that fell flat? It's sometimes hard to determine exactly what went wrong (maybe because all four reasons outlined below were at work). Well, per The 101 Habits, here are a few explanations:

  1. It's a repeat of another story or a derivative that doesn't veer far enough off. It's clichéd, boring, done before. BE ORIGINAL, UNIQUE. SURPRISE YOUR READER.
  2. It's lacking . . . something. IT'S CALLED LACK OF EMOTIONS. THE READER CONNECTS VIA EMOTIONAL RESPONSES TO THE AUTHOR'S WORDS. ADD SCENES THAT CONJURE UP SADNESS, JOY, ANGER, REVENGE, ETC.
  3. It has no conflict and/or the motivation or goal is not clearly defined. UP THE DRAMA AND OBSTACLES. BE PRECISE, CLEAR, COMMUNICATE WITH THE READER.
  4. It's flat. I feel nothing for the main character. THE AUTHOR'S WORDS CAME TOO MUCH FROM HER HEAD AND NOT ENOUGH FROM HER HEART. SAVE THE BRAIN ACTIVITY FOR PLOTTING BEFOREHAND AND REVISING/EDITING AFTERWARD. USE THE HEART FOR DRAFTING FEELINGS VIA THE APPROPRIATE SCENES.
I'll have more good stuff to share from this book in a later post.


"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)



What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra