It’s Flash Fiction day!
First, if you missed it, a late post went up yesterday at Romance Junkies, with another chance to win a copy of Elysian Fields from Tor Books.
And today, I’m at Share My Destiny with a flash fiction called “Bat Out of Hell.” Hmmm…wonder what inspired that? (And my house at left is officially Bat Free, although I shall henceforth refer to it as the Batcave!)
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Today, please help me welcome author Kelly Whitley to Preternatura! Kelly is here today to give us a look at her latest release, Into the Red, and offer up some tips for how to eat healthy while working on any sedentary occupation like writing. I had to chuckle a little because it’s good advice–but not for all of us. I eat very few carbs, so not much fruit for me. I haven’t eaten bread, or oatmeal, or pasta, or beans, or rice…or anything like that in seven months. I limit yogurt to once a month because it’s so carb-heavy, and then only Greek yogurt, plain. So my daily eating routine looks VERY different from this one.
Once upon a time, Kelly dreamed of becoming an entomologist, then a gymnast, and then an architect. Instead, a career in healthcare became the chosen path. After years of devouring other people’s books, Kelly decided to give writing a try, and Kelly’s first paranormal romantic suspense debuted in July 2012. Now Kelly writes a variety of fiction, spanning the genres from humor to paranormal, and flash fiction to full-fledged novels. An ideal day consists of coffee, no phone, and writing quirky characters for fans to fall in love with. Stop by her website where the paranormal is an everyday occurrence and get your fix for vampires, werewolves, shifters and more. Kelly loves visitors, human and otherwise. Kelly lives in the Rocky Mountain Midwest. You may also learn more about Kelly on her blog.
ABOUT INTO THE RED:
Human blood is an illicit and highly addictive drug–if you’re a vampire. Known as Red, its side effects are insanity, and eventual death. A group of Red-addicted vampires known as Poisoners are killing women as part of an extortion plot involving a lost ancient vampiric tome, and they’re leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The discovery of each new victim risks exposure of the entire vampire race to humans. Then one victim survives.
Dr.Evan Nichols, oncologist and vampire, lives a monk-like existence, by his own choice, focusing on patient care and research to benefit his vampire brethren. It’s been twenty-five years since his world turned upside down—the night he lost his fiancee and discovered his hidden vampire heritage. Now his government has ordered him to take a mate—or they’ll choose one for him. It’s a horrible prospect, and one that might push him over the edge—until Fate throws him together with a human female. Wary of relationships, Tara West has poured her energies into work and inventing cutting edge climbing equipment. She doesn’t like the gorgeous Dr. Nichols, yet finds herself unaccountably drawn to him. When a crazed vampire attacks and poisons Tara, Evan rescues her. With time running out, he has to create an antidote to the poison before he loses his chance at love. In order to make the vaccine which might cure her, he has to find the bastards who poisoned her and take their venom—before they die of their addiction. If he doesn’t reach them in time, saving her will be impossible.
Thus the journey begins—into the Red!
And now, let’s hear from Kelly:
The Writer’s Diet by Kelly Whitley
Let’s face it. It’s a sedentary hobby, a sedentary occupation. The setup to eat poorly is there: you’re at home, you’re hungry, but you want to keep writing. You head to the kitchen and look for convenient finger food and energizing drinks. Before you know it, you’re published and up a few pounds. When the marketing kicks in, more stress, more eating.
I think most writers wrestle with this from time to time.
I admit a Hot Tamale addiction when writing. The Big Box made it oh-so-easy to snack through several servings. The carbs kept me going and the sugar gave me a feeling of wellbeing. The numbers on the scale, not so much. It was time for a food makeover.
Here’s my strategy to pump up writing energy and stay healthy.
1) Breakfast. I can hear the grumbling from those who say they can’t eat before ten, but seriously, folks. Breakfast helps. I opt for oatmeal with raisins, walnuts, and apples. A dash of sugar. This complex carbohydrate meal gets me going and keeps my energy up while keeping my stomach full.
2) Judicious morning snacking. No more Hot Tamales here—now Light and Fit Greek yogurt or a slice of raisin toast.
3) Nutritious lunch. Example: half an avocado and chicken breast or hard boiled eggs, or Lean Cuisine.
4) Dessert: a measured serving of Hot Tamales in a dish—NO BOX! Or some other treat, like dark chocolate.
5) Midafternoon snack. Back to choice of yogurt, toast, hardboiled egg.
6) Dinner. Half protein, one fourth veggies/fruits, one fourth complex carb—rice, whole wheat pasta, etc.
7) Evening snack. Yep, you guessed it. Yogurt, toast, eggs. Frozen yogurt is good here, or low-fat pudding (watch the serving size).
8) Veggies are a freebie—eat whenever.
9) Don’t drink your calories—opt for water whenever possible. I like Vitamin Water Zero. Find your drink and stick to it.
I write mostly on days that I’m home, or in the evening. I do stairs. Multiple trips up and down the stairs. It tones the legs and develops muscles. It’s aerobic, so it’s good cardiac conditioning. And exercise helps suppress appetite and burn calories.
I love to read before bed (other people’s books!) It’s sometimes easy to get carried away and stay up too late. Adequate sleep is important to everyday functioning—in writing and in life.
Overall, it’s possible to have a healthy lifestyle and still spend lots of butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard time.
What’s your routine?
Thanks, Kelly! My routine is: Breakfast–a Quest Nutrition bar (I order them by the case) and one cup of coffee; mid-morning, a 32-ounce bottle of Powerade Zero, for the potassium; lunch, 6-8 ounces of protein, usually grilled chicken; afternoon, another 32-oz bottle of Powerade Zero; dinner, a cup of raw spinach, three or four sliced strawberries, 6-8 ounces of boiled shrimp or grilled scallops, strawberry vinaigrette dressing; dessert, Arctic Zero frozen ice. This is it, six days a week. On Fridays, I allow myself a carby meal for dinner to get any cravings out of my system.
Do any of you have a routine while engaging in a sedentary passion? Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Kelly’s book, Into the Red.