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Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

As writers, many of you may sit at your keyboards hacking away forever to either reach your deadline or finish just one more paragraph. However, what do these seated hours do to your body physically? How is our circulation affected and is there a fix-it? Today we look at how to Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West.  I am pleased to have Stuttgart based,  personal trainer, Carla West assist us with some writer-friendly ideas on how to overcome the physical torments of writing.

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

Carla, I must also compliment you on your very informative website, your videos and tutorials are simply wonderful!

As you are clearly a very busy lady, I especially thank you so much for taking the time to share your message, so I will bounce right in.

Philosophy

TWS: Having gone through your site, I simply love your ideas and outlooks. How would you summarize your philosophy about fitness and health?

Carla: Thank you so much for all the lovely compliments! I am very honoured to be interviewed by someone like yourself.

My philosophy is very simple: Do what you enjoy.

Whatever form of training you enjoy, do it. You are never going to stick to an exercise routine that you hate. It might take some time for you to find what you like. I love doing a combination of things and pushing myself to the next level in every form of exercise I do.

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

That being said, there is value in every form of training. Whether you do yoga, Pilates, running, boxing or weight training. Whatever it is that you enjoy – just make sure you stick to it. Be consistent. Do it multiple times a week. Set goals. Soon enough exercise will become a habit and something you even look forward to, not a chore. And of course support your training with good nutrition; fuel yourself so that you can perform at your best. Stretch, use a foam roller. Give yourself days off to let your body repair and recover.

Basically, just take care of yourself.

Circulation

TWS: Do you have any ideas on how we can perhaps increase our circulation while writing? It would be great to get our articles out and work out! Heaven knows, with the hours we put in, we too could look great! This may be a long-shot, but is it possible?

Carla: Of course it is possible! Luckily short bouts of aerobics, strength exercises, and stretching in between emails and writing can help improve fitness levels and heart health.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Always take the stairs –  take two at a time for a real leg burn.
  2. The Seated Leg Raiser – While seated, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower the leg(s) back to the ground without letting the feet touch the floor. Repeat (alternating legs if raising them separately) for 15 reps.
  3. Perfect your posture – perfect posture is a must for long days at the desk. Adjust the chair height to make sure the feet, hips, and arms are at 90-degree angles to the floor. Engage the core to keep the back straight throughout the day. No slouching allowed!
  4. Shoulder blade squeezes – For improving hunched posture, squeeze your shoulder blades together for 10 seconds, release, and repeat.
  5.  Wrist stretch. Stretch your arm out in front of you with the palm up. With your other hand, grab your fingers and lightly pull them down to stretch your forearm.
  6. Back twist. Sit up straight in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right and hold. Alternate sides.
  7.  Neck rotations. Drop your chin and roll your neck. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.

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15 min Workout

TWS: Many writers, myself included, discipline ourselves to take 15 – 20 min break from our PCs every so couple of hours. Could you suggest a workout that one could do in such a short time?

Carla: Yes! The most beneficial workouts would be a quick 15-20 min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session, because honestly that’s all the time you need. A few benefits of HIIT include: Increased energy, boosted metabolism, muscle tone improvement, reduced body fat.

For a quick hard HIIT session I would suggest choosing 4 exercises. Existing out of one for lower body, one upper body, one for abs, and one that’s a bit more cardio related and gets your heart rate up. For example: Squats, push-ups, crunches, and Burpees. Do each exercise for 1 minute and only take a 10 sec break between the exercises. You get a 1 minute break after the 4 exercises and then you start the circuit over again. In 20 min you should’ve been able to do 3-4 Rounds and you will be sweating.  🙂 Those are very basic examples of exercises; please feel free to switch it up and add your own.

Writers Diet

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TWS: When visiting your site, I was especially intrigued by your thoughts on diet remains essential. Can you advise which foods writers should focus more on? Foods to assist with concentration, foods that will fuel us, but not hang around forever? Can you think of a ‘writer-friendly’ diet?

Carla: The habit I suggest all my clients is planning ahead, buying healthy snacks in advance and having them at your desk will keep you satisfied and stop those afternoon sugar cravings to kick in that will hinder your concentration as well. Good examples of snacks to have at your desk would be:

  • Fruit or Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Protein Bar, Fruit & Nut Bar, or Energy Bar
  • Yogurt
  • Granola

And foods that will improve your focus:

  • Blueberries
  • Green tea
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Water
  • Dark chocolate
  • Flax seeds

Message for Writers

TWS: Lastly, and once again thank you for your time and sharing all this exciting information, but what would your ‘mantra’ be for writers?

Carla:I am responsible for my own destiny.”

This might not be specific to only writers but anything you do in life, everything you put your heart and soul in will be successful. I love knowing and reassuring myself that I am in control of my own life, my happiness, success, body, fitness, food, mental health and state of mind. It’s all up to you to make the decision and to take action.

As previously mentioned, I must stress that you visit her powerfully insightful site, its loaded with amazing tools that we can use on a day-to-day basis. What I find different about Carla, is she is real.

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla WestCarla specializes in body conditioning, body fat and weight loss. You can reach Carla at any of the following.

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I so enjoy Carla’s style, her outlook and her manner of simplifying matters. I know I am going to get started with my workout as of this very moment!

Do you have any ideas you would like to share? Please feel free to leave comments or contact me. Remember, I am always interested in posting Guest’s Blogs, so if you have anything insightful to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Blessed Be,

Sancheo

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Get Paid to Publish Your Work!

With 2017 off to a start, here are 4 new publishers now looking for your story.  Yes, the best part of it is that you will get paid to publish your work… These publishers are mostly paying via PayPal, so help is here if you need alternative ideas to PayPal. Please also be advised to read the various genres available on each of these sites. I have put the links to the submission style-guides as well as the websites for you. Good luck!

Get Paid to Publish Your Work!

Get Paid to Publish Your Work!

Black Rabbit

Issue No. One is now open for submissions with the deadline being 31 January 2017!

Submit your work to blackrabbit.submissions@gmail.com as an attachment.

Fiction:

In Issue No. One we will be publishing one fiction piece 900 words or fewer. Genre and content guidelines are loose, though our fiction editor is inclined to take work with a literary tone more seriously than work without it. Creativity and experimentation are encouraged in all cases. Publication comes with a $25 payment.

Non-Fiction:

Issue No. One will also include one persuasive or personal essay 250 words or fewer. Engaging, intelligent, and appropriately relaxed tone is encouraged; think of the tone of David Foster Wallace’s nonfiction. Essays should express a point of view, be able to defend it, and exhibit the personality and artistry of their author, all within around one page. Creativity and flexibility are encouraged, though the word limit is hard. Publication comes with a $25 payment.

Audio:

Should Black Rabbit get competent, creative, intriguing submissions in this extremely specific category Issue No. One will feature one non-musical abstract sound clip under or around 90 seconds long. Sound collage, dramatic scenes, monologue, pseudo-music, which is left up to artists to define but should not rely too heavily on the mechanics and conventions of true music as defined by the editors, and indeed any other audio recording within the time guidelines set out above are all welcome. The editors are partial to weird and innovative works. Publication comes with a $25 payment.

Visual Arts:

Issue No. One will feature one work of abstract expressionist painting, drawing, or collage. The term ‘abstract expressionism’ is meant to be interpreted loosely, but taken seriously. Directly representative images should be avoided, or if included should be done so with intention and grace afforded to the constraints of genre noted above. Publication comes with a $25 payment. Submit with a brief (1-3 sentence) statement describing where and when you painted, drew, or collaged this piece, and, if there is a clear inspiration for or theme to it, what that might be.

Artists and authors should feel free, and indeed are encouraged, to make simultaneous submissions, although Black Rabbit asks that you notify our staff immediately if such submissions should be accepted elsewhere.

Artists and authors are encouraged to submit to every open category of submissions that they have work within the guidelines of, though they are limited to one piece in each category.

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Crystal Lake Publishing

CHUD Tribute Anthology

Submissions close January 31st.

With unmatched success since 2012, Crystal Lake Publishing has quickly become one of the world’s leading indie publishers of Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense books with a Dark Fiction edge.

Crystal Lake Publishing puts integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our operations.

Story length: between 3,000 and 10,000 words.

Pay is 3 cents (US) a word paid within a week of publication via PayPal.

Only one submission per author, even after a rejection has been sent out.

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dreaming robot press

Dreaming Robot Press publishes science fiction and fantasy novels for a Young Adult and Middle Grade audience.

Payment: $0.06 per word.

  • We believe stories shape our reality.
  • dreaming robot press believe this is especially important for stories that we are exposed to growing up.
  • We believe novels can be excellent in both their stories and in the effects they have.

In order to ensure that all children can find models to identify with, we’re committed to publishing stories about a diverse range of characters and situations.

Submission Guide | Visit Site

Tales from the Lake

Horror Stories Wanted.

Deadline: 1 February 2017.

What we are looking for: Non-themed short horror stories that arrests readers and leave them haunted for months to come. Stories must be original. Stories must be original. Even after a rejection has been sent out, only one submission per author.  We are not accepting reprints.

Manuscripts should be attached to the email, and be formatted in standard manuscript format. Any stories NOT adhering to the standard manuscript format will be rejected.

Stories should be no longer than 7,000 words. However, we prefer stories that are at or around 4,000 words. Payment is $0.03 USD a word via PayPal.

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Blessed Be,

Sancheo

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs.

Now that the holiday season is coming to an end. Here are 5 great new freelance writing jobs to put some cash back into your wallets in 2017! 5 GREAT NEW FREELANCE WRITING JOBS

1. Eye Media

My Eye Media, LLC is looking for qualified individuals to check dubbed audio/proofread subtitles at home for popular movie and TV providers.

Using your own computer, monitor, and high-speed broadband internet connection, this freelance job opportunity is flexible in terms of work hours. Rates $15-$20 per hour.

Eye Media does not accept email applications, however there are three various sites that you can apply to:

Southern Europe | Northern Europe | Germany

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs.

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2. Inspirer

Freelance Contributing Writer Needed

Inspirer is Los Angeles based publication that celebrates groundbreaking women from across a variety of fields. From iconic entertainers to unsung community activists, every woman has a story to be shared and every story matters. We believe that there’s more to an actress than her latest diet, that there’s more to female musicians than a sexualized video hit. We dig deeper to share the meaningful stories that inspire others.

You are expected to write two to three female focused articles per week or more. Voice must be similar to our current content. Work from home, obviously.

Will be based on article length, frequency and other factors. Paid bi-weekly.

Send sample of your writing to contact@inspirer.life. Read More.

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs.

3. Novelty Media

Freelance Writers wanted

Led by a world-class team of young and savvy editors, producers and designers, we produce content on topics that interest and matter to us. It is this deep identification with our readers that allows us to produce content that compels them to engage, motivates them to return and drives them to share across the web.

A gifted content writer to create several super-viral weekly listicles, as well as daily light and informative news pieces about current affairs, sports, politics etc.

Rates: $10-$40 per article

Applications:  jobs@novelty.media Read more

4. The Puritan

Essay, Fiction and poetry submissions wanted.

Rates:

  • Essay: $100
  • Interview: $100
  • Review: $100
  • Fiction: $50
  • Poetry (per page): $15 ($60 cap)
Seasonal Issues:

The spring issue, published in early May, consider submissions received between 26 December and 25 March.

The summer issue, published in August consider those received between 26 March and 25 June.

The fall issue, published in November, consider those received between 26 June  and 25 September.

The winter issue, published in February, consider those received between 26 September and 26 December.

Submission guidelines | Submissions | Visit Puritan.

5. Writer Help Wanted

I found the following review when researching

After immersing myself in it, I’m overjoyed to report that Writer Help Wanted is not a scam or “get-rich-quick” scheme.  Instead, it’s more like an exclusive, underground-writing society that writers in-the-know should be a part of. “

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs.Establish yourself as a full-fledged writing service and have clients come to you. This module shows you how to set yourself apart from the competition, price your services effectively, set up your website and get steady stream of clients.

 

 

 

Trusting these 5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs get you back in your writing mode! Remember that if you wish to publish your work here, please feel free to contact me and Guest Blog for Us! If you’re having difficulty with PayPal in your country, check out some alternative ways of receiving funds. Until next time. 🙂

Blessed Be,

Sancheo

Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author

Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author

Zora Marie, author of Free of Asenten (Zelia the Phoenix of Hope Book 1), might be new to the author scene but she definitely takes off with a bang! As many authors compete against one another, Zora shares a unique perspective. She chooses to embrace other authors believing that authors stand a better chance together than apart. I found myself compelled to find out more about Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author. I trust you will find her diversity and outlook as compelling as I do!

Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing AuthorZora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author

What does writing do for you?

Writing has done quite a few things for me. It’s given me a place to spill my guts and let my imagination run wild. Since I’ve been living with my family down south it has given me someplace to direct my pent up social energy. I suppose I should go out and make friends, but I’m a bit of an introvert. Even doing things like this can be a feat in of itself, but I’m getting better at it.

 

What inspires your writing?

Now, as far as what inspires my writing, that’s a whole other story. I have a love of Norse and Greek mythology, among a long list of others, and that definitely shows in my writing. While I love the original myths, I do have a little brother so I’ve been sure to write in a way that my work is age appropriate for children of young ages while also being deep enough to be an engaging read for the older generations.

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Another thing that you’ll notice about my writing is that my other hobbies, current and past, have a tendency to bleed into my writing. I won’t go into too much detail as I could be here for a while if I did, but I have experience tanning hides, processing my own food, making my own yarn, and a ton of other things that has given me a unique perspective about many things that most people my age haven’t the slightest perception of how it works.

Why did you take to writing?

Quite skimpily put, the story of Zelia had been bugging me for years. Finally, it demanded to be put down on paper.  I already had most of the world built and several of the characters fleshed out. In February I may have only started putting her world on paper.

I really didn’t have time to write, I made time. Cutting all television and most movie watching gave me the time to write between college assignments.  I love writing and would love to do it for a living, but I rather choose to write a compelling story than write to pay my bills.

How does writing help you?

Funny that you should ask. I’ve actually always been utterly horrible at spelling and grammar. However, as I’ve written and edited my work multiple times my spelling and grammar has improved. Not only that, but I’ve noticed that my research paper writing abilities have improved. Which is good, seeing as how I’ve been writing a lot of them this summer.

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Do you have days when you can’t write?

Certainly, I have actually just hit a wall with the first draft of book 3. I know where the story is going but I’m not sure how it’s going to get there. The characters are taking their sweet time decided where they want to go next.

What did you do to overcome these days?

I’ve found that editing other parts of the work or even earlier books in the series to be extremely helpful. It helps me get back into the character’s heads and stirs the kettle up a bit. If that doesn’t work I’ll step back and read a book. I have a few books on my shelf that are waiting to be read and a few works of Indy authors that are on my wish list.

When I read I delve into another author’s world and learn their writing style and when I come out I can look at my own work with a whole new light. Sometimes it’s almost as if I received an upgrade. When I learn something new or find something in someone else’s writing that bothers me, it opens my eyes to all kinds of things.

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What inspires you?

As of late, the most inspiring thing has been the willingness of authors to help each other. I know that I would not be where I am now if it weren’t for the advice and encouragement of both authors I have met in person and those I have met through social media. It’s my interactions with these people that make me want to strive to be a better person, one that is there and willing to lend a helping hand.

Zora Marie is truly a fascinating person and author, and yes, she most certainly has many unusual pastimes! You can find out more about her at her book launch – July 28th!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1275890145754928/

Zora Marie will be posting her exciting happenings as they unfold on her website in the weeks after the event so be sure to come poke around and support her at https://zoramarie.weebly.com and catch her exciting newsfeed onTwitter @AuthorZoraMarie

Thanks for having me!

Thanking Zora Marie, The Author-Embracing Author, for sharing her precious time, her energy and her passion with us all! If you wish to guest blog here and showcase your work on all my social networks, please don’t hesitate to contact me… I will do all I can to assist you!The Write Styles is her for YOU.

Blessed Be,

Sancheo


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9 Work-From-Home Freelance Writing Jobs

Are you keen to stay focused and write for a living? This week The Write Styles is presenting 9 work-from-home freelance writing jobs, including Communications Director, gardening, sport and so much more! If you are interested in Chicken Soup writing, be sure to scroll down, as we’re reaching their deadline date! Good Luck!

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9 Amazing sites that pay for your writing

Are you a brilliant writer, a poet, or perhaps you have a gift with language and wish to translate? Here are 9 amazing sites that pay for your writing skills. If you are unable to receive payment via PayPal, then please visit 4 Alternatives to PayPal. Best of Luck!

9 Amazing sites that pay for your writing skills

1. Instant Shift

become a successful freelance Virtual Assistant. 9 Amazing sites that pay
In the 5 Key Steps System you’ll find a wealth of information that will help you become a successful freelance Virtual Assistant.

Anyone can become an author as there is no specific set of requirements or experience needed.

We always appreciate new talents. The only skills required from you is your passion toward writing. We have an on-board team to provide you parallel assistance, suggestions and detailed guidelines.

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2. iWriter

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