Friday, July 22, 2016

#FitReader Weekly Update

I'll also be sharing on...
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
And Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin

First Thank you to everyone for the well wishes, on the plus side I don't have strep throat. Yay!
So I think I'm going to keep posting the fitreader update in a separate post, in the long run it will be less work and the bookish people who don't care won't have to read it. Vica versa my fitness folks won't have to slog through the book stuff.
I've decided that one of my goals is to run a 5k, and actually run the whole 3.1 miles. The goal is an October Zombie Run 5k. Usually I end up walking half and running half, but I want to run the whole thing. So in order to do this I have enlisted the help of a couch to 5k esks  program which is 6 weeks. Although I skipped the first week as I could already do the first week runs. I've created intervals on my Zombies Run app so I can do them as part of my workout schdule. Yep, I made a workout schdule and stuck to it for the most part, I ended up moving a few things around, but for the most part I managed to stick with it.  So here's how I did this week...

7/17/16: ran 2.02 miles in 21m:58s
7/18/16: yoga for 15m:00s
7/19/16: 2.14 miles on a treadmill in 21m:25s (Start of interval 5k training)
yoga for 12m:59s
7/20/16: Rest
7/21/16: ran 2.17 miles on a treadmill for 22m:30s

Thursday, July 21, 2016

{Interview} Hair Power by Piers Anthony

I'm proud to present one of my favorite authors... having him interviewed on my blog is an honor and a privilege, Mr Piers Anthony.

Tell us about your latest book.
Hair Power is a novella about a girl with terminal brain cancer who helps an alien hairball, who rewards her with hair that not only replaces her own lost hair, but cures her cancer and makes her something of a super woman. In time that hair is six feet long and she wears it like a cloak. That’s only the beginning.

Tell us a little about some of the others who contributed to your book, such as cover designer or editor.
I have to default on that, as I don’t know them.

Who are your favorite authors?
If I lost my memory and had my choice of reading matter, I hope my favorite would be Piers Anthony. I try to write what I would like to read. As for other authors, I have admired many in the Science Fiction and Fantasy fields, from Robert A Heinlein on down. I am also an admirer of the plays of George Bernard Shaw, and not just because he was a vegetarian.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Publishing is changing so much now that much of what I might say would become dated about ten minutes after I wrote it. So I’ll just say read and study the genre you are in, keep writing and improving, and may the world go well with thee.

What's the best thing about being a writer?
For me the best thing is getting to exercise my imagination and being independent. I can’t be fired for someone else’s mistakes.

What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
It used to be dealing with publishers, who were like insensitive robots interested only in money, regardless what they claimed. But the old order is passing and the new publishers I am dealing with are generally more compatible. Some of them even like good fiction. So now the hardest thing is facing the prospect of my declining ability with advancing age. I’m not capable of simply letting it go and retiring. So when I no longer write well, I hope I am the first, not the last to know it.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
My web site is where I have a monthly column, commenting on whatever is on my mind, and background information on my titles. I have also written two autobiographical books: Bio of an Ogre and How Precious Was That While.

How long did it take you to write your book?
     Three Weeks for this 35,000 word novella. It moved well, and I am an efficient writer.

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?
      I don’t think so. I had worked it out pretty well before I started writing. I’ve always loved long hair on a woman, so this was easy imagination.

Where can a reader purchase your book?
        From wherever the publisher puts it.

What are you doing to market the book?
        Precious little. I’m a writer, not a marketer.

Who inspires you?
       The world inspires me.

How do you research your books?
     There wasn’t any real research for Hair Power. I generally try to stay within the boundaries of what I know. When I do need to research, I buy books on the subject.

Do you have another work in progress? Tell us about it.
        I am working on the sequel, Hair Suite, wherein there is competition with Cyborg aliens in very attractive human form. Until the two cultures have to unite against a third.

Have you written other books? Where can readers purchase them?
          I have written about 175 other books. Readers can find many of them listed on Amazon. Many readers like my Xanth fantasy series, which now number 42 novels, not all in print yet.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
I approve of self publishing. In the old days only about one aspiring writer in a hundred could ever get anything published. That led to bigger sales for the one percent, and tough luck for the 99%. I prefer that every writer have a chance. That’s why I have worked to make self publishing possible for anyone, notably by my early investment in Xlibris – I am no longer connected – and my ongoing survey of electronic publishers. The playing field will probably never be level, but it’s better than it was. Traditional publishers had dictatorial power for over a century. Now it’s the writers’ turn.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I needed to decide on my college major. I pondered a day and a night, and it came to me: I wanted to be a writer. It was like a light turning on and it has guided me ever since.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
My wife supported me. She went to work so I could stay home and try to be a writer. That was when I broke through with my first story sale – for $20.00. But it led to greater things, in time.

What are you currently reading?
I am usually reading something, often a novel for review or blurbing. At the moment I’m between books.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing is my passion and my life. All else feels like dross. But I do make the meals and wash the dishes, as my wife is infirm. I also like to play cards on the computer, mainly Free Cell, which I believe is the best card game ever.

What is your favorite line from a movie?
Great lines in movies are myriad, but it’s the quiet personal ones that get to me the most that others may not even notice. There was one whose title I don’t remember, where a man, a widower, got a girlfriend he was considering marrying. His early teen daughter lived with him. When the woman made them a meal, the man told the teen to do the dishes. The girlfriend intervened. “No, she doesn’t have to do that. I’ll do it.” Why?  “She’s your daughter and I want her to like me.” That disarming candor surely ensured that the girl would like the woman.

What do you like to snack on while you write?
I maintain my college weight, and I exercise seriously. I don’t eat between meals. I’m pretty fit for my age, pushing 82, and mean to stay that way.

When you walk into a book store, where is the first place you go?
The last local book store closed down.

What is the funniest thing that you’ve been asked during an interview?
At the moment I’m not thinking of anything funny in an interview. But I was amused by a sentence in my fan mail: “Ha! Caught you reading fan mail!”
Sometimes I do learn things from my fan mail .
I had a suicidally depressive girl in one of my novels (Virtual Mode, if you must know) who regularly cut her wrists so that they bled. So she wore red bands on her wrists to conceal the blood. A reader wrote that I had it wrong: blood dries black, so she needed black wristlets. I suspect she spoke from experience.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest peeve is critics who come across like the Republicans with respect to President Obama: Anything he does is wrong. It seems similar for critics with me. I have a mock review of a trilogy such a critic would do with me. The first novel is inferior. The second novel is not up to the standard of the first. And readers of the first two novels will be sadly disappointed by the third.

Hair Power
by Piers Anthony 
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications 
Released: July 5th 2016

Terminal cancer patient, Quiti, walks into an abandoned building planning on taking her life. 

Instead, she encounters a telepathic ball of hair that insists it is an alien seeking to facilitate diplomatic communication on Earth. 

Quiti assumes it is all a hallucination conjured up by her brain tumor. 

Because of this assumption, when she saves the alien’s life and it insists on doing Quiti a favor in return, she only asks for her hair back. She soon discovers, however, that the creature’s gift extends much further than her new locks that can change color with a thought. As her powers grow and her deadly illness goes into remission, Quiti quickly realizes that there are those that would want to use her for her abilities and is forced to leave behind everything that she knew. 

Will this blessing curse her to a life on the run, or does the mysterious hairball have more in store for her? 

Piers Anthony, critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling Xanth series, brings together humor and adventure in this original story of loyalty, friendship, extraordinary powers, and hair. 

Buy on Amazon

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

{Workout Weds} Shake Up, Wake Up and Energize your Body.

I used to do this almost every morning but stopped... not sure why. Surprisingly it really does tend to give you a little energy boost. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

{Review} Light Up Running Belt By Level Up

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Level Up ambassador program and received a Light Up Running Belt from Level up to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.

So yup I got one of these light up running belt from Level Up, I picked the blue (they come in red, purple, and green too). It lights up and has three modes, fast pulse, slow pulse, and steady. The switch is neatly hidden out of the way on the side and comes with a battery already installed, which will be easy to replace.

The pouch is big enough to fit my phone plus keys, money and chapstick easily. It has wide stretchy webbing, with a plastic buckle. The belt is very comfy and easy to adjust. My only complaint is that it bounced quite a bit when I was running, which was distracting. I can see how this would be very useful when running at night, dusk, or very early in the morning. I can also see me using this for short walks or hikes, as it would hold everything I need for that. Overall a neat running accessory, that I will be using in the future.

If you're interested in getting your own use this code to get 50% off  CODE - RCE5FGY8

Sunday, July 17, 2016

#FitReader Weekly Post

So this week I am only doing the #fitreader section of Sunday Cup of... I forgot to get the whole post set up last night and just don't have the energy to do it this morning. J had strep throat last week and I think I might have caught it. I've been really tired, sore throat, and snotty nose. I'm not sure if it's allergies or something else, I don't have spots of any color on my throat so I'm leaning toward allergies and stress. As works gotten a little crazy at the moment. I've also been eating crap so that probably accounts for my tiredness.
The only time I feel actually good is when I'm running or working out. I've set up a schedule for this week that I'm hoping I'll be able to keep which incorporates some weightlifting. My arms are beginning to look like chicken wings, because I haven't been working them as much. Ok enough whining here's what I did this week...

7/10/16: 38m:37s of strength training
7/11/16: ran for 2.02 mi on a treadmill for 21m:24s.
7/12/16: Rest- Had to go grocery shopping after work.
7/13/16: yoga for 11m:13s.
7/14/16: Slacked
7/15/16: Slacked
7/16/16: ran for 1.03 mi on a treadmill for 11m:13s.
             yoga for 29m:39s.

I'll also be sharing on...
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
And Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin

Friday, July 15, 2016

{Review} Pre-Gro Max

Disclaimer: I received a sample of pre-gro max pre-workout as part of the JackedPack to review for free.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I was on the fence about trying any more of these pre workout drinks after my last experience, but since this said to use only half the package for my my weight I figured maybe it would be ok. And it was. I mixed up a drink before working out the other day. I put in a 2 mile run, then a half hour workout. After that I was still buzzing cleaned the house, and the porch. I was hoping to get some bloggy stuff done, but couldn't sit still long enough to. I finally came down a few hours later, thankfully with no crash. 
I liked the flavor of this a lot, it was mixed berry fruit smash and tasted like Hawaiian Punch. It didn't mix up quite as well as I would have like, leaving some granules on the glass. 
Thankfully I didn't have to deal with the itchy, jittery hands like last time. Overall I liked this brand of pre workout much better than the other one I tried. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

{Book Review} Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavignano

Colony of the Lost
by Derik Cavignano
Publisher: Self
Release: January 24th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Horror
How I got it: Received a copy from NetGalley

Nestled in the heart of the Berkshires lies Glenwood, Massachusetts--the perfect picture of suburbia. But when the children of this affluent town begin vanishing one by one, baffling local and federal authorities alike, Glenwood becomes anything but a utopia.
Built upon the ruins of a lost colony, Glenwood is home to a long-forgotten secret, and when three strangers are lured into the midnight woods by the phantom of a Puritan boy, they discover the truth of the town's dark past and must face a vision of its bloody future.
Together, this unlikely trio--Jay, an alcoholic school teacher, Tim, a wise-cracking new kid in town, and Sarah, a nine-year-old with a host of imaginary friends--must somehow find a way to rescue the town from an ancient demon and its legion of human slaves. But in order for them to succeed, Jay must first conquer his own inner demons.

Review: This book is not for the faint of heart. It is gory, and at times gruesome.
Our three main characters are lured into the woods by the ghost of a Puritan boy who lived in the colony long before it was the current town of Glenwood. Let's start with Jay, an alcoholic school teacher, I was irritated and sort of impressed by Jay. Irritated because he had a bit of a poor me complex, yet impressed by the way he fought his own demons to help the town. Next there is Tim, a smart ass teen who's new to town, I liked Tim. He was a smartass but brave and willing to help even though he hadn't really had all that great a reception from his new town. Finally we have Sarah, a nine year old little girl, honestly I found this character unnecessary. Over all she didn't do all that much. I liked these characters and they were easy to sympathise with.
The plot while engaging was unsettling at times and gory. Due to the gore, the fact that this was very descriptive and well done in the writing department could be taken either way depending on how you like your horror. I feel Mr Cavignano did a good job on this book, but I don't think it's for everyone. If your a horror fan with a strong stomach then give it a go.


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