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Welcome to the team Holly....it will be nice to see your input as time goes by.

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Welcome Holly! Great goals both for your health and writing. Let us know how we can best support you!

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3/6/14 9:11 P

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NAME: Holly Jahangiri (HEALTHYWRITER)

WEIGHT GOALS:
Lose 88 lbs. by February, 2015

NUTRITION GOALS:
Jam as many nutrients into as few calories as possible; increase fresh and colorful veggies. Eliminate added sugar. Reduce grains/legumes.

FITNESS GOALS:
10,000 steps a day and/or 2-3 workouts a week at the gym. Right now, anything is better than nothing. And nothing's pretty close to the truth.

WRITING GOALS:
Finish editing short story collection for re-release on Amazon.
Finish third children's book THIS YEAR (this one's in the illustrator's hands).
Participate in North Texas Book Festival (if third children's book is released).
Write for, and enter, at least 4-5 categories in the 2015 OWFI Annual Writing Contest, and make one of them "screenplay."
Write a poem a month.

WRITING HABITS I HAVE / WANT TO HAVE:
Write every day. Blog at least 3x a week.

WRITING PREFERENCES:
Eclectic. No, really - I just like to play with words. I've written everything from tech manuals to poetry. I'm most comfortable with children's fiction and short stories; I'm least comfortable with screen/stage plays and novel-length fiction, though I'd like to write more of both.

WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH THE WRITERS TEAM:
I need to be more accountable to myself, with regard to all the goals stated above.
I work full time (Customer Experience Professional, formerly Documentation PM) and it is far too easy to go into Scarlett O'Hara mode - "I'll think about that tomorrow!" - when I'm tired (mentally OR physically). I have plenty of motivation; I'm just short on commitment, right now. But I NEED to do this.


I guess this is a good intro, of sorts, too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5sawgjnF
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Holly Jahangiri - It's All a Matter of Perspective (http://jahangiri.us/2013)

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Hi Della - we're glad you're here!!

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Hello, all! I love this team!



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Thanks. GGBMysteries has a page on Facebook, but it has been neglected since the concussion. :) If I get 15 more likes I get 'benefits' for the page.


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Welcome Sue! What an exciting writers' story you have! If you have a website or other external site that we can visit, please post on the LINKS section of the TEAM STREAM. And when you get ready to publish, let us know in the WRITERS NEWS thread.

Thanks for posting!

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NAME: Sue (SueFromRI)

WEIGHT GOALS:
Lose 25 pounds by January 2016

NUTRITION GOALS:
Drink more water and conquer my chronic dehydration.

FITNESS GOALS:
Make time to work out 60 minutes per day, even if it is six 10 minute sessions

WRITING GOALS:
To publish the Cozy Mystery Series I have started. “GGB Mysteries”

WRITING HABITS I WANT TO HAVE:
I’m recovering from two concussions, so just want to train my brain that it is OK to wander and daydream. I want the voices to start talking to me again and finish telling me the story. 

WRITING PREFERENCES:
I never considered myself a writer. One day I woke up with a migraine headache and just started writing. This kept up for two weeks and the next thing I knew I had a cozy mystery written. I emailed the rough draft to my mother for suggestions. She read it and shared it with a friend, who emailed it to another friend, and another, etc. About a week later, my aunt emailed a copy to my mother telling her about this great mystery she read. Since I used a pen name, she had no idea the writer was me.

WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH THE WRITERS TEAM:
I would like to learn from the team and avoid the pitfalls you all have experienced. After publishing my series, I would like to help others. I would also like to bounce ideas off members to help decide which ‘path’ my detective will take.

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On the front: “I love cooking my family and my pets”
On the back: “Don’t be a psycho, use commas”

Because it just sums up my quirky sense of humor.




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Hi STAYFOCUSED31, it seems MADEIT3 has offered you some good advice. Myself I always make list but like rules they are there to be broken. I have a hard time getting all my list complete. Maybe that is because I have too many things on my list. Is that called biting off more than you can chew. Either way I do make the list and slowly but surely I get them crossed off. Welcome to the team I'm also new to the group; so maybe we can make this journey together.

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Hi Rosalind - glad to meet you! We have a new introduction space that you'll find in the Introduce Yourself to Team Forum. If you get a chance, stop by and give us an opportunity to know you better!

The way that works best for me is to set up a list - always a short list - of things I want to get done today. So today, for example, I want to work on my Word Press Blog, I have a short story I want to edit, I want to walk my 10,000 steps, do a bit of stretching, and go to Writers Group. That's enough for one day!

In looking at my day, I set out times to do each of those things. Then it's up to me whether I follow-through or not.

I'm not the kind of person to sit around (unless I'm reading) and I limit my reading to three hours a day.

As I said, works for me, may not work for anyone else.

If you post your question in our CHAT message thread, you may get more responses!!

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My name is Rosalind. I am a freelance writer during my off time and an editor for my job. I am having a hard time finding time to work out and write in the mornings. Mostly I've been working out. And then skipping writing in the evening. Any tips?

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Hi Joanna and welcome! This team has a mixed bag of writers, young and old(er), published and aspiring to be published, technical and novelists (although I wouldn't consider these polar opposites as all good writing is story-telling). You name it, you'll find it here. And it sounds like you'll fit right in.

So however you got here, we're glad you did and look forward to getting to know you better!

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Well this is an interesting concept. I find that I am here without really knowing I was going to be here. I thought I was putting in information about myself as to interest and likes. All of a sudden I am in 4 new group teams at the same time. I guess I better watch what I say in the future or how I say it.....but since I am here I might as well give it a go. I have been an armature writer for most of my life.

First my name is Joanna...I am dwelling in Michigan on a horse farm right in the center of the state. I am now facing my senior years and a lot of excess weight that I have accumulated over the last few year. My health took a toll on me after I shattered both of my knees in a horse accident, followed up be a car accident after my knee replacement. Going through rehabilitation for two years allowed me to lie around and pack on the weight since that was the only joy I had at the time (eating).

I am now walking, in fact I am back riding my horses and hoping to drop at least 70% of this additional weight off. I say 70% only because I hate to over extend myself and give up for falling short out of depression.

As for my writing credits lets see. Right now I do content fill for websites. I am a graphic designer and build websites. I have to get creative when it comes to content for most of my clients do not know what they really want to appear on their pages or at least how to get it there. I also have written small articles for different horse publications over the years. I love writing about my horses and of course my grandkids that go along with them.

I have written a few books over the years and received some feed back through the internet by passing them around e-file style. I have never had anything published but I do have a stack of books lying here that are all copyrighted and ready to go. I just never have taken them anywhere I guess.

I have no formal training when it comes to writing, editing, or content. I write from knowledge and from the heart. I have written my own children's stories and of course shared them over the years. My children have all been homeschooled and think of course I am a wonderful story teller. Now grown with kids of their own they have made sure I have shared all my stories with their kids and of course the grandkids are waiting for me to share with their kids when and if they have any.

Alright that is quite enough for just and introductions. I am looking forward to getting involved with this team. I hope to meet a lot of new and interesting writer enthusiast here.

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Thanks for the nice welcome. I'll be sure to check out some of the other topics, too!

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Welcome Marti and Chel!!

Glad you're on board and we look forward to getting to know you. Jump on over to the chat - we have a number of novelists here and quite a few technical writers like myself.

Join in the discussion about social media, add to our links page (feel free to publish your Blogs or website links or let me know and I will publish them for you). We also have a thread for Writers News - be sure to let us know when your newest novel comes out!

Again, welcome!

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Hi Everyone,
I'm Chel--also from Michigan. I've been a full time writer for almost eight years now and I have quite a few books published with three different publishers. Additionally, I work as an editor. The result: quite a sedentary life. I'm working on moving more this year and getting healthy. :-)
I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.
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Hi everyone,
I'm Marti from Grand Rapids, MI and I write under the name Stephanie Michels (a combination of my grown children's names). I write romance and romantic suspense. I currently have 2 books published and have contracts for 3 more this spring. Now, I need to get cracking and get them finished/edited.

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Hi Rosalind! Glad you joined us! I'm across the state from you near Kansas City. Let us know how we can best support you!

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My name is Rosalind. I live in St. Louis Missouri and in addition to trying to lose 25 pounds, I am writing a nonfiction book with my dad. It's my first book and his... maybe 12th or 15th? I'm not sure.

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Hello Annie! Glad you joined us. We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your progress with your YA novel.

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Hello! I'm Annie. In addition to my 2014 health and fitness goals, I'm reworking a YA novel that I wrote for the 2012 International 3-Day Novel Contest. It was a finalist so I think it has real potential, though it needs quite a bit of work.

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Hi Sarah! Happy to see you here. Let us know what your novel is about if you're far enough along. I you want to have your Fiction Press link out there for everyone to see - since not all check this forum - let me know and we'll add it to the Links page. We have a number of novelists here. We also have folks like me who are technical writers. The more the merrier! We look forward to getting to know you!!

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Hello,
My name is Sarah. I'm currently in the US Navy and am working on my first novel. While at the University of Iowa I studied creative writing. I don't blog but some of my prose/poetry is located on FictionPress - https://www.fictionpress.com/~mskeller

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I actually searched again (not sure how I was searching before) and found two groups. I joined both of them. :-) I'll send you the links to my blogs via SM.

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Hi CHEFAMANDA and welcome! Please let us know the links for your Blogs. In fact - for everyone - if you want your links posted in the team links section, send them to me by Spark mail and I'll get that done. We need to support each other in health and in writing also!

I'm personally happy to have another Blogger on the team. I'm going to start a Blog sometime this month. I'm retiring to a "new" garden, so I'll be writing about NewGardenerBlues.

Interesting that there's no Blogger's Team on Spark - maybe we need to start one!

As for team points, we are also number three in fitness. We've moved up from number 14 in October and things just keep getting better here.

Thanks for joining us! Please post in our daily chat and join the January challenge. And for everyone, new and old, be sure to click on the team points available on the START page. Every once in a while you can earn an extra point or two for the team and many for yourself!

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I've been on SP since 2006, but I tend to come and go, depending on how much time I have and whether I'm actively working out at the time. emoticon I'm in the midst of three non-fiction books, but I'm mostly a blogger right now. I would have joined the Blogger group, but I didn't find one. emoticon I do have to say that I'm very impressed that the Writers group is number three on the Career boards, behind only teachers and nurses. I'm not sure how we could compete with them for fitness minutes. LOL

I have four blogs: one kids/rants/books, one that's only for books that aren't quite family-friendly, one for special needs (specifically Asperger's/autism), and one for health (fitness and natural health). My books are along those same lines, only with more personal details. I don't blog on SP anymore, because between my blogs, my message posts here, and Facebook, I'm already "posted" out.

I'm also a freelance editor and proofreader. (I make and allow for mistakes on social media. I don't consider that "real". LOL) And a homeschool mom of two boys. emoticon

I just started C25K to get back into a fitness routine, and I started over last week so I could train with a friend. We've already found a 5K we want to run together. I've never had a IRL training partner, so it's different. She also homeschools two boys (and our boys are the best of friends) so we have to coordinate schedules three days a week. That's interesting. LOL

We got a Wii Fit Plus for Christmas, so I'm using that for arms and core on my off days. (Also trying desperately to beat my kids' scores.)

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LISAWRITES1 so happy to see you here! Come chat with us!

I've had a chance to read most everyone's Blogs over the past few days - we have some terrific writers. If you have time, click on BLOG under the Team Stream and you'll see all the recently submitted Blogs by team members. Please read them - they are WRITERS TEAM worthy indeed!



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Hi all you writers. I am up for the challenge of 10 minutes cardio and 3 sentences daily. Glad to find this forum. I've been on Spark People sporadically for awhile now and only just now came across this forum. I am excited to meet the January challenge. Good Luck to everyone. Let's do it.

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists..it is real..it is possible..it's yours."
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Let me second Dottee - we have an increasing group of writers chatting away from all over the country. Come join us!!

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Welcome new members! Come on over to the Chat thread if you did not already do so!
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madeit3, thanks for the warm welcome. All of my books are available in the Kindle and Nook formats. On Amazon, do a search for my pen name, Anne Baley. I write short, helpful nonfiction books for people who want to live well without spending a lot of money doing it.

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Welcome LOKIMEE! Thanks for posting. We're glad you're making Writers part of your Spark journey.

I'd ask you - and all Writers members - to consider putting together a Spark page. It will enhance your Spark experience by allowing other Spark members to communicate with you - and support you - more easily. You have options that allow you to open your page only to friends.

Let us know where we can find your book.

Also - and this is for LOKIMEE and all team members - if you have a website, Blog, Twitter account and so on, consider letting your teammates know where you are out there on cyberspace. I've signed up for several newsletters and Blogs written by Writers Team friends!

Let's support each other in 2014 - together we can do this!!

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Finally having my book 'out there' on the shelves, etc I looked down and realized that two years of sitting in front of my computer researching, writing, editing, publicizing, etc - had left me with what I've taken to calling my 'authors a@*'. I am on the road to ridding myself of it - and my Spark People membership is my not-so- 'secret weapon' to do so!

Nothing tastes as good as being stupendous at sixtyy is going to look and feel!


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Hi INDIGORHYME - thanks for joining us. Sounds like you'll fit in just fine.

Let us know what you've published and where we can find it! I gave one of ERIECANALGAL'S books to my granddaughter for Christmas, and I've already had an "order" for more of her books! This team is filled with talented writers!

The same goes for everyone on the team. If you have publications or books out there, let us know where.

And if anyone is doing a Blog, let me know. I think that's next on my agenda but I have this huge learning curve...

Welcome to all new members!! We hope that you'll create a page so that we can stop by and give you a Goodie for joining.

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I think I've finally found a home with this group. You all love to write long posts, most of you love Kindles, and you all are in the same weight loss boat I am. Care if I drop in for a while?

I got downsized from the restaurant industry about five years ago, and decided to completely reinvent my life. I got rid of 95% of my possessions, kept only what fit in my compact car, and moved myself from Michigan to the beautiful east coast of Florida. Instead of standing on my feet 10 hours a day managing a restaurant, I've carved out a business writing online content, basically articles for online magazines. I've also published three nonfiction books on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, etc., and am working through a long novel that I'm writing. That's going to take as least the next year to finish, though, since I can only work on it after doing all my paid writing for the day. Only so many words left in my brain at the end of some days, you know?

As you can see from my widget below, I'm just starting over again and have a lot of weight to lose, but I'm just going to concentrate on tracking what I eat, drinking a lot of water, and doing 10-minute workouts whenever I take a break during my work day. I hope to be able to check in here with you for a little support, conversation, laughter, whatever.

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Hi Anonymi! Thanks for taking time to let us learn about you. I had to smile as I read your intro - I live in a, well, not a big house, a small one - in the middle of nowhere with pets and as of January 15, nothing to do but what I want - write and garden! Of course, I'm 65 and my wish for you is that it doesn't take 40 years for you to get there!!

Congratulations on graduating school and getting married. If you are thinking about taking some small steps into 2014 with your weight and your writing, consider starting POPEYETHETURTLE'S January challenge. We'll be looking a more challenges as the year progresses.

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Hey Everyone,

I have to say, I feel right at home. Seeing everyone's long replies really lets me know I'm on a team of Writers. :) On other forums and things, I'm always one to write way more than everyone else, but not here. I love this team already.

I'm 23 and after some ups and downs I'm finally almost done with school, and I will have my degree in Graphic Design in just a few months. I love writing. I've been writing stories and poems for as long as I can remember. My absolute dream job would be a published author living in a big house in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do but write and take care of my pets. I will get there, one day, but in the mean time I will work in design.

I've had on and off weight issues most of my life, but after a major bout of depression when I was 20, I ballooned from 160 to 212 pounds in just a couple months. Since then, the lowest weight I've been able to get back down to without falling off the wagon was 175 pounds. I really want to finally get my life back, once and for all.

2014 is a really big year for me, as I will finally be graduating and probably getting married. I don't want to walk into this new chapter of my life heavy, sick, tired, and self-conscious, so getting this weight off this year is really now or never for me. I feel confident that I have finally found the motivation I need to succeed, and I will do everything I can to get where I want to be.

I'm looking very forward to getting to know all of you!

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Glad you've joined us! Also glad to have another person in communications on the team! Let us know if we can help you in your journey at Spark. Writers is an "old/new" team - created a couple of years ago, then became more or less inactive and given new life in November of this year. We have had more than 50 people join us in the last couple of months!!

Congratulations on your weight loss.

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Hi Margie,
Welcome to the Writers Team. Glad to meet you!
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Hi everyone. My name is Margie and I'm approaching my 32nd birthday in a few weeks. I'm originally from Maryland but moved to Texas as a newlywed almost 10 years ago. Writing is my job and a hobby. I work in a global corporation doing internal communications and I enjoy blogging when I have the time. I joined SparkPeople to leverage the nutrition and fitness trackers, but have also found the communities to be a great wealth of information. I have lost 20+ pounds on my own since June of this year through cardio and looking to be more aggressive with my food intake to get my final 15 pounds off. Looking forward to getting to know you, have a good evening.

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POPEYE - what a lot of work you did to trace the family. I've been very fortunate on both sides to have historians in the family (not me). My cousin in NY traced my dad's family to pre-Ellis Island days and I have a cousin on my maternal grandmother's side that has traced the family to the 1200's. On the maternal grandfather's side, we have a writer manqué who self-published a little book about the family in the 1970's.

So I have all this wonderful family history to share with my grandchildren, and I've done zero work. But I appreciate the work involved!

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Dottie, I can definitely relate to the actions required to live in harmony in a large family. Actually I am related to one by marriage.

My MIL was the middle child of 13 children who ranged in age from the newest in diapers to the oldest at 28. When I married into the family, one of the first things that was planned was a Family Reunion to meet Bob. Holy Smokes. With the range in ages, my DW had 1st cousins who were the age of the youngest of her aunts and uncles. Nieces and nephews that were older than my wife.

I was totally overwhelmed as my Dad was a single child and my Mom the eldest of four, with her brother and sisters each having only one or two children.

We moved out of state, I was in the Army, and for five years I had to relate who belonged with who and which children were which cousins. I had to finally just concentrate on Cherry's Uncles and get them all organized - then I had to get her aunts identified and arranged.

All but one have passed on, and he is 95. Still, trying to keep her bazillion cousins arranged into families is almost impossible to do. I do know when any of her family calls; they all ask for her by her first and middle name, "Is Cherry Lee there?"

One year, I did a ton of research and presented my MIL with a genealogy of her family going back three generations and going forward three generations with nieces, nephews, grands and great-grands. She loved the gift and so did almost everyone in her family. I finally had to self publish 25 copies to keep the brothers and sisters families from declaring war. I kept one for us and sent out emails to her entire family telling them I would bring them to the next family reunion. When I carried them to the porch, her family had arranged themselves so that each of the 13 children got a copy and the 11 oldest 1st cousins got a copy.

I later learned that the amount of research, time and money I put into having the Tree published would have cost more than a year of my then salary. I've never run into anything more difficult than Genealogical research. I found myself in dusty old county Registrar of Records, Recorder of Deeds, voting records, Census records and going through old cemeteries and looking at old records from churches.

The most difficult to track and handle were in those situations where a spouse deceased and the other re-married. Some half-cousins from the same ancestor were actually pretty nasty. In one case, the Patriarch married and had three children by his first wife. The first wife took sick and lingered for about a year before dying. The Patriarch remarried within a year and is new wife was just a couple of years older than her step-children. The Patriarch and wife#2 had children. Those children were approximately the same age as the children from the first marriage. When the Patriarch died, his second wife bought a number of plots AWAY from the plot of wife#1 and had him buried in one of the plots she had purchased. When wife number 2 died and was interned, the children from wife number one had their Dad exhumed and re-buried next to his first wife. He had not left a will with burial instructions, but letters to his first set of children showed that he wished to be buried next to his first wife and for his second wife to purchase adjoining plots so the whole combined family could be buried together. No, he was not a Mormon.

The families of each half brothers and sisters to this day refuse to talk to each other to try and bring their two families back together.

I never really thought much about what a feud really did to people before coming in contact with this issue. The rest of the families of the original 13 brothers and sisters think the whole thing has been totally blown out of proportion, so at family reunions there is usually one large group and two small groups.

I don't worry about getting story-line ideas. All I have to do is to pick one of the 13 brothers and sisters and let my imagination go.

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Bob I can see where your nook would be a very handy item for you if you travel so much and read as much as you do.

I'm home most of the time and am lucky if I get 1 to 2 hours a day to read. I am very involved in my business and my large family (8 children and 20 grandchildren), and our local Historical Society. Most of my children live close by and we get together often.

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Dottie - Until I retired a few years ago you couldn't even mention any sort of e-reader to me. A book was something that came in either hardback or stiff paper and was completely composed of paper that had some sort of ink on it.

Then my wife and I started taking trips. Short 3 day trips, week long trips, and 2-3 week long trips (we both have on our Bucket List to watch a baseball game in every major league stadium). My DW, Cherry, will read about 15 books a month when she gets on a reading kick, but I am voracious. It's not uncommon for me to read 30 books in a month - all at 300 pages or more.

I read at about 600+ WPM with 85+% retention. What actually gave me a different look was when we went on a trip with my brother and sister-in-law. I had two canvas bags of books from the library, weighing about 25 pounds. He had his Nook at less than one pound. I had my laptop computer, he had his Nook. Anything I am libel to do on my laptop, he could do on his Nook. He could even get the Spark People app if he wanted it. If he wanted to know something form the Internet knowledge base, he picked up his Nook and looked it up. I had to go to my laptop, turn it on, load my browser and THEN look it up.

And to make the point even stronger, he paid no data fees for his Nook. My laptop required a data plan. His Nook Never needed a data plan, because unlimited data forever was included in the purchase of the Nook (and I'm sure the same holds for Kindle).

Books, real books, are still my favorite way of reading. Since I have purchased my Nook I have not needed to have a Garage Book Sale or donate books to any charitable organizations (besides, I don't need the tax deduction).

I'm honestly not trying to convince you to buy a Kindle or Nook, I'm just pointing out that there are options that having an electronic reader brings that you may not have thought of.

Oh yes. When I am on a red-eye flight to somewhere, all the lights can be on dim and I can still have a bright screen from which to read.

To me, the best of both worlds would allow my Nook to change into a particular book when I wanted to read, then the book would go back into storage on the Cloud and I could do all of my computer associated things on my Nook.

Really, really, really. I want you to enjoy reading the way you like it best. I just discovered a more convenient way to carry multiple books with me.

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I have a huge house and it could easily hold over a thousand books. LOL It probably has a thousand in it right now. My DH was a book collector.


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The big advantage to the e-readers is the storage. I can put a thousand books in the cloud. Not sure my house will hold a thousand books!!

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Sorry guys, I am a "real" book fan. I don't think I would ever go to a kindle or nook. I like holding the book in my hands, smelling the paper, turning the pages--- too much. I've looked at my daughter and daughter-in-law's devices and I still prefer a book book.

But, that said, I respect your choices.

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Just ordered your book about Paris, NY for my ten year old granddaughter. She has a Kindle (sorry, POPEYE, but we are all Kindle fanatics here) but sometimes there's nothing like a real, live book!!

Can't wait to read it!

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Thank you for the information where we can find your work!

I am an addicted Nook guy (I even get my library books on-line and I have apps so I can download from Google, Amazon and various free ebook libraries.

I will be checking, particularly as I have a six year old grandson and a three year old granddaughter. I also have a 16 year old granddaughter, but I don't know how much time she has for fun reading. She is taking college transferable classes in English, Pre-Calc and Physics. In her spare time, she has been on the Varsity softball team since her Freshman year ind has bought a horse and now is going to Barrel Races on the week-ends.

She has always liked to ride, initially dressage, but found out that many colleges in the Southwest and the Plains states gave scholarships for Barrel Racing and that about half of them go unclaimed each year. No pun intended, but these are full-ride scholarships.

Those four year, full-ride scholarships would mean that Dad and her grandparents would be able to give her cash gifts instead of paying for tuition. I'm sure that would please her, because pick-up trucks, horse trailers and horses add up to major investments very quickly.

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I forgot to tell you where my books are available. Barnes&Noble.com, some are on Amazon and I have a website: dorothystacy.com where you can go to get more information and buy some if you'd like.

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Stacy has been doing all of the hard work, but I figure I need to get in some of the "Meet & Greet" sessions or I won't know anyone on the team!

It appears we have established some sort of pattern on this team, as I am also a Diabetic. I was first diagnosed in 1984 and my diabetes was controlled through diet and medication, a single dose of metformin.

As my diabetes progressively worsened (I am now Insulin dependent), my brother, a retired Marine, told me of a finding that Vietnam vets had nearly five times the incidence of diabetes as compared to the general population. The VA doctors had established a pattern way to strong to be coincidental, and any Vietnam Vet who showed proof of diabetes was being granted a 30% disability rating (moving to forty percent if on Insulin) and disability payments.

With that info in hand, I was introduced to the VA health system and learned that the doctors and scientists "thought" the connection to diabetes was due to the massive amounts of Agents Orange, Blue and other herbicides to which we had been exposed.

The researchers later found a direct correlation between diabetes due to the use of herbicides and the early onset of heart attacks due to high cholesterol (which explained why, with no family history of heart problems until well into their 70's I had my first major heart attack at age thirty three and subsequent quadruple bypass surgery).

I was taking very high doses of heart medication to try and lower my cholesterol, and the first blood test I had after starting on my Insulin regimen showed my LDL (Low Density Lipids) had dropped from in the 400 range down to below 200 and my total cholesterol had dropped from the high 300's down to the mid 200's. As time progressed, the LDL's and Total Cholesterol have continued to steadily drop. Currently, my LDL's are below 100 and total cholesterol comes in at approximately 175.

My A1c average over the past 5 years has been between 5.7 and 5.9, which as y'all know is high on the normal scale, but normal just the same. Of course if I quit taking Insulin it would probably shoot right back up into the 8-9 range.

When first diagnosed with Diabetes, I sought the assistance of an Endocrinologist when I found that I knew more about current Diabetes treatment than our Family Doctor. After my Endo had me sit in on a number of classes and complete reading assignments, he agreed to put me on a type of Diabetic control called simply "Tight Control". I take my BG reading before a meal, then consume the meal. With the help of the Spark Nutrition tracker, I enter what I ate for that meal or snack and note the total carb intake, which I divide by 10 (because we have, through measurement learned that I need one unit of glucose for each 10 units of carbs consumed). I then take the BG reading from before the meal and subtract it from 80, then take that number and divide it by 20 for the BG adjustment. If the final number is positive, I add the number of units of Insulin to the meal value of Insulin. If the number is negative, I subtract those units of Insulin from the number of units my meal units indicated.

It sounds complicated, but really isn't after you've done it for a week or two. Because some people can't get over the mental block of "it's really hard because it's too complicated" mindset, that a doctor must usually supervise the program. My Endo has let me run the whole program for myself, including adjustments needed for illness like the flu/colds/etc. He likes to yank my chain about knowing more about Diabetes than his Internist partners do. I follow the Harvard Medical Review and the New England Journal of Medicine and if I see something new dealing with Diabetes, I always talk to him about it.

OK. That's an example of my first draft writing using Word's Spell Check and Grammar check programs.

I didn't set out to write a short story, it just started and my conscious mind lost control.

Again, welcome all and I look forward to typing with you on one of the team forums.

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Welcome Dottee!!

Glad to have you here and get to know you. You live in a beautiful part of the country - I'm originally from New York and went to school in Binghamtom for a couple of years. Where can we find your books?

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Hi everyone,
I'm finally getting around to posting here. I have been a member of SparkPeople for almost 5 years.

I live in from Sauquoit New York in a 200 year old house on 4 acres of land. My husband, John, passed away on Dec. 7, 2009. I have 8 grown children and 20, almost 21, grandchildren. I love to read, write, and draw. I am Polish and love to dance and listen to Polkas.

I am Author/Illustrator/Publisher of the Erie Canal Cousins Series (5 books), historical fiction for middle-grade children set in NY in 1840. I also wrote and just published a first book in my new series, Town of Paris Twins.

This year (2014) I am trying to pace myself, have a little more time for fun and go easy on the writing.
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Welcome CHICAMIMI! We welcome lurkers and we're also glad you now feel comfortable enough to post!

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Hi everyone! I have been a member of the community but lurking for a bit, mostly because I haven't been writing as much while I got into my healthy living routine. I'm feeling more comfortable now that I can make time for my writing again.

I started writing when I was ten years old because at that time the YA genre was made up of Sweet Valley High and a random book or two (which is why I'm convinced myself and other writers my age write so much YA now). I would complain and my dad told me to write my own. So I did.

I have not published a book yet, but I've had a few stories and pieces published and I recently joined a local writer's group in my area to get myself focused.

I'm obsessed with all things pop culture. I love comics and tv and movies and mostly the Walking Dead.

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Kathy - glad you have joined us. I'm a technical writer, currently working for a small managed healthcare company and also providing consultation and freelance. Most of my writing has been in the areas of health and a variety of social issues, along with business proposals, some PR work, and corporate culture. I'm about to retire - six weeks to go and I plan to garden more and write a bit less.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1989 and have managed off and on with diet and exercise. Good luck to you with your new knees. I've had extensive physical therapy for frozen shoulders and I know that regaining mobility is a big job!

Happy you're here. I'll keep you in my prayers as you go through the surgery.

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12/10/13 8:48 A

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Hi all,
I am a newly diagnosed diabetic, who has used spark people successfully before to lose weight. So I am back!
Interestingly they diagnosed my diabetes the day before my right knee replacement surgery! Next week I return to the hospital for my other knee to be replaced. At 55 I will have two shiny new knees along with a plate in my neck for destroyed discs and a pain pump( and computer) implanted within me. Yes I am the bionic author!

I am a professor at univ of south Florida (tampa) and in addition to teaching and research, I am a prolific academic writer. I have published 23 books and over 150 papers and articles. I find the writing part of my career just as rewarding as the other parts. As a professor we have different "seasons" of the year..sometimes we focus most,y on teaching, other times we can research and write mostly. I LOVE the variety and find myself at great peace while energized during my writing opportunities.
I am working on a new invited book proposal right now that I have to submit before surgery..
Wish me luck
I am looking forward to hearing about your lives s writers too, the creative process, the excitement.. And also how are you progressing with your weight loss.
I have to follow a strict diet so things are pretty programmed.. With the knee surgeries I am regaining mobility.. I love to hear how people also incorporate different exercise.
What are you writing this week?
Kathy

Eager to learn and be of help where I can!

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Post TKR (2nd) 202 lbs (Dec 26, ,2013)
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Target weight #3 : 185.0 lbs (July, 2014?)

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12/9/13 8:12 A

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Welcome Wi-Rosie. Very glad to have you here. Hope that the team will inspire you to pick up your pen (or put your fingers on your keyboard!)

I've written my first Blog for the week about the December challenge. Looking forward to comments from the Writers Team!!



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12/8/13 9:59 P

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I will spend some more time later reading.... Just wanted to pop in and say a warm hello to all of you. I joined because I saw the Dec challenge from a different team. I need something to get me writing, NOW. Doesn't make any difference what it is. I just have to put fingers to keyboard, or pen to paper more. This is a great place to combine my fitness and writing goals.

I'm excited to be able to combine these to passions here! I will do some thinking and write my paragraphs in my blog. I'll get more practice getting use to blogging too!

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Welcome, OlLDEROWL! Thanks for introducing yourself. Love the passion. One of my favorite mantras is "you can do hard things!" Sounds like you're the same way!

So glad you're here!

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12/3/13 7:09 P

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Writing is now a passion for me. Writing has always been hard for me, I got D's and worse on my writing in grade school and avoided it in college as much as I could. Writing has become a passion for me because I want to influence others. But when I try to speak to any of my four daughters and their children, but I get tongue tied. It is my nature to keep quiet because of problems expressing myself. With writing, I can take my time collecting my thoughts, and revise my writing after I read it.

I wrote a blog where I said that I skipped doing my P90x exercise yesterday since I found other things that interested me more. I said in my blog, to be successful at a goal, one had to want to achieve it, envision accomplishing it, and enjoy trying to achieve it. Madeit3 commented that I hit the nail on the head. She said I should consider other exercises that may be more enjoyable to me. But I said in my blog that I have not given up P90x and enjoy the challenge. The same is with my writing.

The same reasoning applies to having success at your job, or (if your retired like me) to whatever you do. Try to do things that you are passionate about if you can. Do things that you are strong at, and embrace your weaknesses to make them an asset and not a burden, and you will be successful.

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Welcome, Marcy! We're glad to have you join us. Like you, I live in the middle of nowhere except in KS where it's also pancake flat. We're just getting going with some new leadership and are looking for everyone's ideas to help us out.

Meanwhile, maybe we can help you figure out what's got you stuck or at least give you a sounding board to vent!

Looking forward to getting to know you!

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Hello - I have been lurking around this team for a few weeks now.

I am a writer - I love saying that. I am also a Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer and I sit with the elderly when someone ion my community needs it.

I am a self-published author of 2 contemporary romance novels. I have been writing my entire life, and just recently adapted the courage to let other people read my works.

I am currently working on my third romance novel - loosely in the same series, as well as a YA contemporary fantasy fiction for my daughter. I have been working on this book for 2 years, and cannot seem to finish it. I need to figure out what is preventing me from finishing it.

I live in Northern Pennsylvania in a very remote area. I literally live in the middle of nowhere.

I am married with 2 wonderful children son 24 and daughter 14. I have a blind dog with diabetes, and 2 cats. In the spring we are getting a baby lamb for my daughter to raise as a 4-H project. Raise as a pet, not as a slaughter animal.

~Marcy ~

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New to the Writing Team? Introduce yourself!

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