Another fantastic day hard at work writing!

by Christine on October 8th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. Ever. Only on very rare occassions would I indulge in a Dunkin Donuts coffee (with cream and sugar, hence why I’ve shied away from indulging in the coffee). But, ever since becoming a full-time writer, I’ve had coffee every day. It just seems so trite and stereotypical, but it sustains me for hours, warms me on these cold autumn days, and the caffeine keeps me going, too. Plus, I’m not eating so very much, so the cream and sugar (or, rather, pumpkin spice–which has sugar–and cream) doesn’t kill the diet.

This morning, 131.0 yet again. I’m nonplussed about the lack of weight change; my body tends to plateau for three weeks, then plummet in one big swoop. I plummeted last week, so I’m A-ok with a few weeks of plateau-ing.

Yesterday I was exhausted all day, so I took a day off to sleep and be a lazy bum. Hubby had tummy issues so he stayed home from work, too. We were lazy bums together. In the evening we went to our local tavern for pub trivia again. A friend joined us, and with his help we were in first place all night long, up until the very last question, which we got wrong, so we ended up in 2nd place. However, for being in first place at halftime, we won a pair of very cool, very sturdy, Oktoberfest beer mugs. They say “Sam Adams” on them. Pretty groovy, and I definitely plan on using my mug to indulge in some beer-drinking!

Today I am back at the writing game! I ventured up to Saratoga for a change of scenery as well as to revisit some of the real-life places that I’m writing about. It’s a sunny, beautiful day, and I feel so lucky and so blessed to have been given this opportunity to do what I love to do, even if it may only be for a few weeks or months. I hope I can enjoy this time for all that it’s worth.

High Rock Spring

The new High Rock Spring

That mineral water tastes gross!

Old Red Spring

I love Saratoga Springs!

The Olde Bryan Inn

My office today:



First chapter down!

by Christine on October 5th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

I have received the sweetest, most supportive messages with my last post that I’m taking the plunge and trying my hand at writing! Thank you all so much for your kind words. They definitely encourage me and made me write with a smile on my face yesterday, feeling confident that I am making the right move.  After all, this is what I’ve always wanted to do, and right now…I’m doing it.

Yesterday I managed to put down on paper the first chapter of my book, 8 pages in total. Not bad for one day (7 nonstop hours) worth of work. I don’t imagine for a minute that I’ll be able to whip out an entire book in a week. I know that this will be relatively painstainking because I’m writing about real places, real historical events, and real people that existed. That involves a great deal of research, and fortunately I have done a lot of the background research needed over the last two years.  More research will be needed, too, as I delve into this book, so I will need to factor in some hands-on research into my timeframe for getting this book written.  It’ll all work out; I feel really good about this.

When I got home last night, I gave my chapter to my hubby to read. He is by far one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and while I can’t say that he’s a well-rounded reader, he’s a voracious reader and has read more books than everyone else that I have ever met, combined. He can read two regular novels per day. I think he swallows the books whole and spits them out, and somehow in the digestive process the words sink into his head.  At any rate, my hubby read my chapter and said that it was good, that I wasn’t wasting my time, and that I need to keep on going. (He suggested that I start adding some action and plot, pronto. Then again, he’s a plot-driven kind of guy.)  This encouraged me!  I sent the chapter to my friend Peter, and he said, “I think you can do well with this.”  Hmm!

Today, I am back at the library for another 7 hours of writing time.

I digress! This is a dieting/wellness/fitness/weight loss blog, is it not?! So, how am I doing on that front?  While I think my swelling from my last fill is going down, I also can’t eat as much as I should be.  Food yesterday was:

9 a.m.: 1 glass of skim milk (120 calories)
11 a.m.: Crackers and cheese (150 calories), a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee (100)
2 p.m.: Almonds (100)
7 p.m.: More skim milk (120) and half a thin-sliced chicken breast (with cheese on top) (60); barfed perhaps two bites of that up.
9 p.m.: More skim milk (120) (hey, it sounded good)
Total calories:  770, which is on target, but too much milk and NO veggies = unhealthy combination.


A whole new beginning!

by Christine on October 4th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Remember when you were a little kid, and people would ask you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

My answer was always unwaivering. I never flitted from dream job to dream job. Being a ballerina, teacher, firefighter, or astronaut held no interest for me. I knew from birth what I wanted to do, and I’ve held onto that silly dream for 32 years now. I’ve wanted to be a writer.

I’ve felt fortunate in the last few years because I have found jobs where writing is one of the primary job descriptions. First, I was the Director of Marketing for an architecture/engineering firm, and my days were spent writing proposals, award nominations, grants for municipalities, and press releases.  Most recently, I wrote and edited technical documents related to the field of lighting design.  Very technical items, not always interesting, but I was paid to write, and for that I was extremely grateful. On my free time I kept this blog, created my own forum, commented and caught up with other weight-loss bloggers, etc. I write all the time, even on my free time.

All that being said, those jobs were not exactly what I wanted to do: I wanted to write novels. Books. Make my daydreams come to life on the page.

Today, I have been given that opportunity on a silver platter. I am newly unemployed, so today I am hiring myself to try to fulfill my life’s biggest dream: to be a writer. If someone asks me what I do for a job, that’s how I’m going to answer: “I’m a writer.”  That’s who I am to my very core. Furthermore, I pledge to dedicate the next several months of my life to making that dream come true.

I am going to write. Monday-Friday, for no less than six hours a day. I’m going to get words down on the page, create characters and hopefully recreate this amazing historic building that I have been in awe of for years.  I will create action, drama, romance, and revisit a beautiful era of time that was both captivating and dangerous.

Unemployment is one of those strange life situations that can be either devastate a person or create a whole new opportunity. I want to use this time not to sulk and wallow in self-doubt and wonder, “why can’t I be happy in a job?” or “why don’t they like me?”  You know what they say about life handing you lemons: today I am going to make lemonade. Really freaking good lemonade. (But for all of us diet-conscious people, I will make calorie-free lemonade, of course.)

“Making it” in the literary world is next to impossible. I’m going to have to get really lucky if I’m going to be able to find an agent and make anything of this dream. But here’s the rub — I can spend my entire life daydreaming about “what I want to be when I grow up,” or I can grip this animal called Life by its mane, hold on, and go for a ride. I don’t want to grow old with a bunch of “what ifs” squeezing my heart. I need to give this a try.  I WILL give this a try.

And so I find myself at my local library, books and notes spread out on the table, with a cup of coffee in hand and my laptop in front of me. Wish  me luck  in trying to make my very biggest dream come true today.

I'm a writer.

And yes, that’s Patrick’s blog that I was reading this morning. Remember, if you want me to read and comment on your blog, please leave a comment with your blog’s URL. I lost my list of blogs when I left my last job.

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