SparkPeople Fit to Write Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=63972 Wanted: Dedicated writers who need to develop & maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let's build a community centered on being Fit to Write. Check out "Welcome Letter" in the general forum on the team page. SparkPeople Fit to Write Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=63972 Message Removed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x73647352 Message Removed Mon, 11 May 2020 00:32:32 EST Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x72898584 Every day I dedicated 500 calories for dinner, and every day at 5PM or so my husband feeds me hundreds of calories over with his vegetarian diet. Every day I have to push myself as hard as I can on the treadmill at 6PM or 7PM, pushing beyond the heart rate limit and holding on for dear life so I don't fall off and it's still not enough to burn off the dinner. Then I have to take a shower. If I forgot to puts on a sports bra, then I have to put my regular bra in the hamper and can't use it the... Thu, 2 Jan 2020 21:45:30 EST What are you reading? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x72840595 What are you reading? I saw this in another SparkTeam and thought it's more appropriate to ask in this team. I'm currently reading The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. It's important for writers to continue reading while writing as it improves grammar skills and provides inspiration. Sun, 22 Dec 2019 18:16:01 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In SEPT., 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x72214599 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Mon, 2 Sep 2019 12:45:48 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In AUGUST, 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x72036698 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Fri, 2 Aug 2019 17:51:12 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In JULY, 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x71835950 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 04:12:09 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In JUNE, 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x71661359 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 14:57:42 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In MAY, 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x71468860 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Wed, 1 May 2019 12:59:24 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In April, 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x71274706 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Mon, 1 Apr 2019 02:47:10 EST Hypnosis Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x71097299 @SPARKKITTY2016 asked me about the hypnosis I'm trying, so I thought I'd make a thread to kind of track how it's going. <BR> <BR> PLEASE do not post negative / discouraging / skeptical thoughts here. If someone is trying hypnosis, the last thing they need is criticism of the process. <BR> <BR> Right now, I don't want to "DISCUSS" hypnosis. I want this to be a clean experiment, uncolored by the opinions and experiences of others. That said, if I weren't working on a program myself, I would ... Sun, 3 Mar 2019 13:33:09 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In March, 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x71081236 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Fri, 1 Mar 2019 01:15:29 EST Track Successes /Positive Steps In FEBRUARY 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70907811 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Fri, 1 Feb 2019 12:02:33 EST Track Successes /Positive Steps In JANUARY 2019! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70696724 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer / artist should be wo... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 01:56:55 EST My Book is Free on Amazon until Dec. 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x70659870 In case anyone is interested, my book Phantom Echoes is free on Amazon until Dec. 29: <BR> <link>https://www.amazon.com/Phantom-Echoe<BR>s-Ghostlines-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07HX1VSJ5/ </link> <BR> <BR> Phantom Echoes <BR> ============= <BR> <BR> Being a psychic doesn’t mean you have to believe in Ghosts. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately for Holden, his best friend refuses to accept that. <BR> <BR> Holden can read the history of an object just by touching it. It’s been a struggle most of his life and... Tue, 25 Dec 2018 14:23:47 EST Deleted post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x70636141 . Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:43:39 EST Meet my novel: 'Doppelganger' (domestic thriller) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x70622701 I have left the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 01:39:49 EST Meet My Novel: If Worlds Collide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x70619845 Working Title: If Worlds Collide <BR> <BR> Genre: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction <BR> <BR> Draft: One <BR> <BR> This is a story about what happens when a parallel dimension gets slowly drawn into our world as people from that dimension try to come to ours. It is a story about one young man who has the ability to send the travelers back to their dimension thus severing the connecting lines between the worlds. A story about a traveler who doesn't have the connecting lines and how she is the ... Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:46:52 EST Track Successes /Positive Steps In DECEMBER 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70528848 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sun, 2 Dec 2018 12:41:28 EST The 12 Sessions of The Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x70525761 This is half challenge / half scavenger hunt. The "sessions" (activities, challenges, whatever) I've chosen are meant to help us move, rest, laugh, and otherwise celebrate the season. <BR> <BR> To earn your goodies, report your specific activities as a note when you log! Share a detail or two of how it went. The more activities you do, the more awards you will receive. These could could be anything, and they could come at any time. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, anyone who does ANY (pi... Sat, 1 Dec 2018 22:48:17 EST Deleted post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x70511236 I have left the team. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:25:11 EST Stay tuned for my Winter Project intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x70511224 I accidentally posted the WISH thread here in the introductions forum, and I can't delete this entry entirely (SP rules), so I'll have to come back and introduce my winter project in this space ... when I know what it is. <em>20</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 12:20:39 EST How should we set up site for Winter 2018/19? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70505266 From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for keeping things up and running while I was in my fog. (And especially to @BDGWILSON for resetting these last months.) <BR> <BR> I think I'm finally coming back into some kind of normal. I want to get active here again, because I miss you and because I seem to do better when I'm fully engaged at Fit to Write. <BR> <BR> I'm taking stock of 'things' in this last week of my autumn, to prepare for the coming winter season. As I continue to pull myse... Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:53:01 EST What Tools/Accounts Do You Already Have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70478656 Hello all! :D <BR> <BR> Over in the 85K90 thread ( <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/<BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=291<BR>83x63972x70178336 </link> ), we're talking about running that program and/or similar ones through 2019 with check-ins and such here in the team. <BR> <BR> Other than the message board threads, I'm not sure how to use SparkPeople to manage the project, and I'd kinda of like to know what the possibilities are for extending or supporting whatever we do here... Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:37:15 EST Track Successes /Positive Steps In NOVEMBER 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70357076 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Thu, 1 Nov 2018 23:36:41 EST NaNoWriMo 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x70237024 It's that time of year again. Time to decide what our NaNoWriMo projects will be and get the planning going. <BR> <BR> I have decided that this year I will be participating as a Rebel. I was going to start a new project for it, but I want to keep that for the 85K90 Challenge starting next year. <link>https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/<BR>team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=291<BR>83x63972x70178336 </link> <BR> <BR> I've decided that I am going to finish Myth of Magic for NaNo. I am set... Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:48:50 EST 85K90 in 2019 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x70178336 Last year, some time in the first few months, I found the 85K90 challenge after seeing people talking about it on a forum. <BR> <BR> <link>https://85k90.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> It is a year long writing challenge with the intention of having a completed manuscript at the end. (They say 85K but I expect any length could be written in the 3-month writing phase.) <BR> <BR> They have the entire year broken down into phases, starting with writing, then editing, and then publishing, with last... Tue, 2 Oct 2018 14:49:25 EST Track Successes /Positive Steps In OCTOBER 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70171054 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Mon, 1 Oct 2018 12:05:03 EST Artist Date Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x70057746 Since we bumped this one from the monthly challenge list, but still wanted to have some accountability for it, I thought I'd start this thread. If someone else wants to do this differently, by all means, feel free. For now, I thought if we just write out our goals for the month as relates to artist dates and then give a weekly update here that should be enough. Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:25:39 EST Track Successes /Positive Steps In SEPTEMBER 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x70002858 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sat, 1 Sep 2018 17:45:11 EST Question for Those Motivated by Time Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x69935016 Our million words challenge has ticked over to complete, which means we'll be starting a new one soon. <BR> <BR> It's come up, though, that some of the members aren't motivated by word count targets (might actually be demotivated), and while they'll track the work they do, it's not the best system for them. <BR> <BR> One of the other methods I've seen is tracking time, so I was thinking, when we restart the word count challenge, should we add a time tracking companion challenge? (I was thin... Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:16:50 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In AUGUST 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x69771105 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Wed, 1 Aug 2018 14:01:25 EST The Prime Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x69634676 Okay, Gang, I've embarked on my very first "program" for better health and weight loss. I'll drop some notes here, so you can see what I'm doing and how the experiment goes, but if you're really interested in this approach, I strongly recommend that you read the book: <BR> <BR> The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss <BR> by Kulreet Chaudhary, MD <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WCXL3AY<BR>/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8<BR>&amp;btkr=1 </link>... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:36:08 EST FREE Online Writing Course from IWP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x69584199 Saw this on Scriobophile and signed up, so I thought I'd pass it on here :) <BR> <BR> The University of Iowa's International Writing Program sometimes does massive open online courses with free registration. The next one is coming up, starting July 15: <BR> <BR> Moving the Margins: Fiction and Inclusion <BR> <BR> You as participants will read and listen to writers (many of them former IWP Fall Residents) speaking about and writing about voice, character, setting, style, language, and about... Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:44:38 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In JULY 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x69340931 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sun, 1 Jul 2018 01:26:48 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In JUNE 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x69158097 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Fri, 1 Jun 2018 18:24:04 EST June writing challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x69138379 My daughters and I decided to challenge ourselves for the month of June to get/keep the creative juices flowing. My girls said I could share the challenge on here in case anyone else wanted to join us. <BR> The challenge is: <BR> <BR> New Story idea/Character idea for each day of the month of June. <BR> <BR> My personal goal is to use this to try to get 444words on 4thewords every day in the month of June. So I hope to come up with a new character or story idea that I can write at least 444... Tue, 29 May 2018 11:38:36 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps In May 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x68973688 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Tue, 1 May 2018 05:13:41 EST Freebie: Blog Posts to Videos (Lumen5 One Year) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x68937770 I have not tried this yet, but I know there are bloggers here, so I'm posting one of AppSUmo's current deals just in case it'd be on interest to you :) <BR> <BR> <link>https://appsumo.com/lumen5/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Lumen5 is a video creation platform designed to produce engagement-driving social content. <BR> Thanks to cutting-edge A.I. that uses proprietary text-to-video technology, you can transform text content like blog posts into vibrant videos. <BR> <BR> In addition, Lumen5 offer... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:37:13 EST Track successes / Positive Steps In Apr. 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x68794502 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 13:14:43 EST Favorite Motivationals (writing) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x68653944 This is a thread to contain motivational works we create (or find). If it is SPECIFICALLY related to writing and the writing process, put it here. (Otherwise, take it to the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum and find the similar thread there.) Fri, 9 Mar 2018 12:34:03 EST Favorite Motivationals (general) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x68653931 This is a thread to contain motivational works we create (or find). If it isn't SPECIFICALLY related to writing and the writing process, put it here. (Topics might include: weight loss, fitness, career success, spiritual development, inspirations, etc.) Fri, 9 Mar 2018 12:31:44 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in Mar. 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x68601269 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 11:12:05 EST Writing groups, crit partners, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x68516678 I am curious if you all have writing groups that you share your work with. Do you have other people critique your writing? Do you get together and talk about what you write with others? If so, would you share you process with me? Are your groups or crit partners in real life? Are they all on line? Are they people you know well, or just people from the writing community that you ended up with because of similarities? <BR> My daughter and I are pretty rural, and we are thinking about getting ... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:27:16 EST Motivational Rewards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x68465540 I've been staring at my Rewards column in Habitica lately, because I have pretty much nothing there. <BR> <BR> Most of the time when I look at goal setting and all that, there's a suggestion to set a reward for yourself when you complete the goal. I really like the theory of that idea, but so far I've been having trouble with the practice. <BR> <BR> If I set the rewards as something I usually wouldn't do or get, it's because it's something I don't have the time and money to do. That means I... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 11:55:05 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in Feb. 2018! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x68415418 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 00:59:02 EST THE 2018 TEAM GOALS COMPANION THREAD (closed) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x68207557 This is the place to define your approach to the team's monthly challenges and to check in with others to see what (and how) they are doing. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the month, you could: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Articulate what you are doing to meet the 90% or 50% goals. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Share your personal Artist Date or Writerly Walk plans. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Set and share your plans to contribute to the One Million Words goal. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Note any sp... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 16:47:50 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x68207519 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 16:39:59 EST Get Your Words Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x68132191 Last year a member in one of my other teams pointed me to Get Your Words Out: <BR> <link>getyourwordsout.net </link> <BR> <BR> It's a group writing accountability challenge that runs all year long. You pledge to complete your writing goal (more on those later) and you're required to check in every month to report on how you're doing. They do let you opt-out of check-ins, I think twice, if you give advanced notice, but it's an additional place to report in to keep on track :D <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:33:02 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x68024137 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 02:12:12 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x67839652 3. Made my 6:30am wake up. Third day in a row. Hope it gets easier soon. Lol. <BR> <BR> 2. Got some paperwork done on an already full day. <BR> <BR> 1. Made my word count goal for the first day of NaNo. Over 2500 words. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:53:39 EST NaNoWriMo 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x67833276 I thought we should have a place to talk about and update our progress with our NaNo projects. @BDGWILSON Since we don't have cabin's when it's not camp month. lol. <BR> Or if we need help or encouragement with the large goals ahead of us. <BR> Good luck with your projects everyone. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 13:26:02 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in OCT 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x67639813 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 23:52:40 EST NaNoWriMo Prep Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x67599982 October is prep month for NaNoWriMo. I was wondering if anyone else will be taking advantage of the month of October to get your ducks in a row. <BR> <BR> I am curious if you do prep, what that looks like for you. <BR> <BR> I am going to be working on a totally new idea, so I am worldbuilding and character building right now. I will also get a new Scrivener project ready with template. (I haven't decided which one to use yet.) I'm working on a playlist for writing time too. I am going to t... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:48:18 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in SEPT. 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x67508753 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 01:57:46 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in AUGUST 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x67271856 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 02:59:16 EST Want to do a Julia Cameron program? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x67271847 I've picked up Julia Cameron's latest book "It's Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond". <BR> <BR> This book / program is probably more appropriate for me (as I figure out how to live in my weird nest-full of adult children who are now roommates) than it is for you all, but I thought I'd let you know you can pick up the Kindle book for $1.99 right now. (Check Amazon books or Google Play.) <BR> <BR> It's a 12 week program that features weekl... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 02:41:18 EST oh serious writers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x67182059 I don't belong here as a writer with no yen to publish due to talentlessness, and I never had tried it anyway! look at the internet; everyone is published. right? evryone (sic spellcheckr beware) <BR> <BR> but I am becoming in tune with health writing, a cross between motivational-science-anectodal stuff. is it all self-help? maybe not <BR> <BR> I want health writing that helps: concise, simple, effective. sadly I am not so sure a book at 150-600 pages detailing diets, recipes, and tips is ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:01:44 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps July 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x67123681 4. Got reorganized on my main WIP. Realized I don't have as much to write to finish as I thought I did. I could actually finish this thing!!! <BR> <BR> 3. Thoroughly enjoyed a like it size ice cream from cold stone. And realized that it's been almost a year since I've had ice cream. WHAT?!?! <BR> <BR> 2. I ate pretty well even though I was in Kalispell all day shopping. <BR> <BR> 1. Got in over 10,000 steps yesterday. First time in over a week. <BR> <BR> Hope it's okay that I start this.... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:51:33 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in JUNE 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x66916809 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:29:44 EST Challenges accountability. (weight loss only here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x66760596 So, since a number of us mentioned needing to focus a little more dedicatedly to the weight loss side of things, and challenges are a good way to do that, I would start this thread. <BR> <BR> This is a place to list what challenge you are participating in and, then, each day what you are working towards. Let us know how well you did, or not so well. That way we can encourage and support each other in this endeavour also. <BR> <BR> I signed up for the Plateau-busting challenge today. <BR>... Sat, 6 May 2017 11:26:26 EST Fresh weight loss push in May, 2017? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x66729565 Hi team. April was a good month for me, writing wise, but toward the end I stepped on the scale and got a bit of a nasty surprise. <BR> <BR> I haven't been thinking much about losing weight since I moved to NC from MN, because there was just so much else to worry about. (Including getting serious about writing.) It's been more than a year, though, so I have to settle down and start making good choices. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone else is looking for a concentrated boost of activitie... Mon, 1 May 2017 13:00:57 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in MAY 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x66729290 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Mon, 1 May 2017 12:15:52 EST NaNoWriMo Goal Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x66541286 Some time after the end of last NaNo, they added a goal tracker feature. I set it up to track my counts for the year (in three month chunks, I think because of a tracker limit). <BR> <BR> Yesterday ended my first three month session. They give you a winner bar if you hit your goal! I kind of love that. <BR> <BR> /random Sat, 1 Apr 2017 23:26:26 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in APR 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x66538647 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:58:14 EST 4thewords, Writing Gamified http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x66529293 I can't believe I haven't posted this one yet, but I don't think I have. <BR> <BR> One of the sites that has been very helpful in keeping me writing everyday is 4thewords: <BR> <link>4thewords.com </link> <BR> <BR> It's an RPG-like game, but one that using writing as the mechanics. You create your character and move through the word and story, but all the monster battles are fought with words. Ever monster has a word count and time limit, and you win by writing that number of words befo... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:08:12 EST April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x66344736 I just got a notice in the mail that we can sign up for camp. If you haven't done one of those yet, you might be pleased to find it's a bit different than the November NaNo. It's more free-form and customizable. This year, they've introduced ways other than word count to track progress and win. (Options are: words, hours, pages, or lines.) <BR> <BR> In April I'll be making the big push to finish the draft of the novel I'm working on. IF I finish that early (lol) I could and should move on to... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:07:07 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in MAR 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x66344611 I forgot all about the positive steps tracker! (Must have lost it when I went dark for a while.) Anyone else up for it this month? <BR> <BR> This should explain it / refresh your memory: <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:48:30 EST MILLIONS OF WORDS HALL OF FAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x66338414 <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> 2017.03.01: <BR> <BR> The 1st million words goal was active from November, 2015 - March 2017. <BR> <BR> It evolved over time from something that was about individual team members writing X-thousand words per week into a collective team push toward writing a million words. <BR> <BR> Several team members did the lion's share of the work here. I am able to access the names of those who were on the leader board in any given month, and I have shared those in parenth... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 14:55:22 EST How do make it to "DONE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x66190827 For those of you who have completed a novel, short story, whatever. I was wondering what your tips are for getting to completion. <BR> Is it really just a matter of willpower, or are there helps you can use along the way? <BR> I have a really bad habit of getting going and doing really well, then just can't seem to figure out how to finish the story. <BR> <BR> So, I would love to hear how you make it to "DONE!" Wed, 8 Feb 2017 10:34:37 EST How Do You Track Your Writing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x66148738 A post Jamie made in the challenges thread made me look at what I was doing for this, so I figured, why not put up a random discussion topic? :D <BR> <BR> Anyway, I like having data to look at, on the occasions I actually try to evaluate what I'm doing, so I try to track what I'm working on every day. How do you all do this (if you do)? <BR> <BR> I've tried a number of tracking apps over the years, but I always come back to an Excel spreadsheet in the end. The one I'm currently using is a m... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:52:04 EST Julia Cameron Writing / Weight Loss book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65964685 I just noticed that you can get a Kindle book of Julia Cameron's The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size for $2.99 right now. I got a copy. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Diet-<BR>Write-Yourself-Right-Size-ebook/dp/B00<BR>4IATCP2 </link> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:02:19 EST THE 2017 TEAM GOALS COMPANION THREAD (closed) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x65930580 This is a place to define your approach to the monthly challenges and to check in with others to see what (and how) they are doing. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the month, you could: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Articulate what you are doing to meet the 90% or 50% goals. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Share your personal Artist Date or Writerly Walk plans. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Set and share your plans to contribute to the *One Million Words goal. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Note any special plans relate... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:44:10 EST Weight-loss Visualization Tool: Trendweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x65908731 I came across this tool a while ago, I think on the MFP forums. It's a weight-loss chart/report that smooths out the data to give a trend, instead of the sometimes jagged ups and downs that show up just as a result of natural or water-weight fluctuations. <BR> <BR> <link>trendweight.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I created my (somewhat neglected) account, but I think it uses data from FitBit,com for the tracking. If you don't have a FitBit or FitBit scale, you can still ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:56:33 EST A picture and a thousand words... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65828813 I thought it would be fun to start a new thread. My idea is to post a picture and each of us can add to the story. The first person to comment will get the story started and then the next adds to it. Let's limit our word count to 20 words or less, it should make it fun and a bit challenging to say just the right thing in a few words. <BR> Go ahead and copy the picture and whatever the last person has written and paste it into a new reply box. I think that might be the easiest way to keep thin... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:53:33 EST Word Count Planning and Scheduling Tool: Pacemaker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x65731688 I can't remember where I originally heard about this (I think it was probably on NaNo forums years ago), but I started using Pacemaker before NaNo when I wanted a random word count target: <BR> <BR> <link>http://pacemaker.press/ </link> <BR> <BR> It lets you pick a target word count goal, an end date, and a a strategy, and then it gives you a plan with the word counts you need to hit every day in order to complete the project by the target date. <BR> <BR> For strategies, it can be stea... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 23:35:57 EST Online writing groups. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65716713 I was curious if any of you were part of an online writing group. I looked into a few like Critique Circle and Scribophile. What is your take on these kinds of things? Are they just social media in writers format, or are they actually helpful? Just curious. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:03:44 EST Weekend Mini-Goal Push Anyone? (NaNo-ers?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65629069 I thought of this because of NaNo, but it's up for anyone :) <BR> <BR> One of the things I like doing occasionally in NaNo is to pick a weekend and give myself a mini-goal inside the bigger challenge. Usually it's to hit some word count goal that's less than the 50K, but a milestone along the way. <BR> <BR> But this is the sort of thing that's more fun if you know there are others shooting for their own mini-goals in the same time frame. <BR> <BR> I know weekends can be busy, but anyone w... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 01:28:51 EST Links to progress pages for 2016 NaNoWriMo here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x65519032 NaNoWriMo Participants: <BR> <BR> On you novel's (project's) dedicated page, your word count shows along with your novel synopsis and excerpt (if you have them filled in.) If you'd like to share the link to that page: <BR> <BR> 1) Sign in at NaNo. (You must be signed in for this to work.) <BR> 2) Go to dashboard. <link>nanowrimo.org/dashboard </link> <BR> 3) Choose your 2016 novel by clicking "See full novel information." <BR> 4) Copy the the page's direct address from your browser's ad... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 15:56:49 EST What takes place on your writerly walks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65490327 I have been trying to keep my regular walks separate from my writerly walks and have been enjoying them (both, but I'm referencing the writerly ones here.) On the last walk I went on, I was able to work through a much-needed log line for my nano project. I was so excited. I do a lot of brainstorming and working through plot holes during my walks. <BR> I was curious what your writerly walks 'look' like. Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:25:45 EST Research, before, during or after? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65461968 A question was posed on the wall that was interesting to me, so I thought I would start a bit of discussion about it. <BR> HTMLJENN said, "I always find, when I'm writing, that the research needs to happen concurrently. My manuscripts have tons of notes in them with "look this up" and "is that really true?" and so on. Do you guys do research before you write?" <BR> <BR> I myself do a combination of the three. (Not that I have any really completed manuscripts yet, but...) I always do some bas... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:54:09 EST How do you find balance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65421905 So, I started my Sparkpeople journey in August of this year (2016) and during that time I was on sabbatical from writing. But now I am trying to get back into the routine of writing again every day. <BR> My question is, how do you balance an active healthy lifestyle with a profession that is so sedentary? I thought that as long as I did my regular walk and strength training it would be fine, but I am feeling like it is not enough with how much I am at the computer right now. What do you all ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:18:15 EST NaNoWriMo is coming. Anyone taking part? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x65374408 I was just curious if anyone was going to take part in this year's NaNoWriMo. I have done it in the past and was thinking about doing it again. I put aside writing for about 6 months this year. I just needed to take a break. But now I am feeling the itch and was thinking NaNo would be a good way to get back into the habit of writing every day. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:01:41 EST Touching Base as September Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x65284232 Wow, it's been a busy month! <BR> <BR> We are officially at 100 members! That's a little misleading though, because that number reflects a lot of people who joined Spark People but have since moved on without actually quitting the teams they left behind. Still we have a good core of folks who are working with the challenges and trying to stay in touch. Kudos to all of you! <BR> <BR> We have a bunch of new folks who I don't think I officially greeted on the team wall. Welcome to HTMLJENN, ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:12:27 EST Meet a proofreader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x64997319 Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Hayes. I'm from NYC originally but I now live in Rome, Italy (30 years this September... time flies when you're having fun!). <BR> I'm not a writer, not yet anyway. I am a language editor. I work for an international scientific journal. My job is to correct the scientific papers to house style, fix the really big grammar problems, make the spelling and punctuation consistent, and catch any ambiguities. Easy, right? I really enjoy it, I confess. <BR> I have a... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:26:24 EST Tracking Progress on Team Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x64984028 There has been some confusion about what numbers to enter, and where to enter them, in the goal trackers. To try to clear that up, I've taken some screen shots to show what happens when you do different things. <BR> <BR> To illustrate, I'll share that my personal goals this month are: <BR> <BR> - to use the 50% challenge to track my blogging work <BR> <BR> - to use the 90% challenge to track daily work on outlining a new novel (Harry's Story.) <BR> <BR> - I wasn't planning to use the X-10... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:42:43 EST change one word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x64703377 starting with: sticky note <BR> <BR> followed by: note card <BR> <BR> there are no real rules except have fun! <em>224</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2016 19:04:31 EST Anyone want 50% off Scrivener? (1 available) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x64322235 Hello all :) <BR> <BR> I've participated in NaNoWriMo for a number of years, and each of those years Scrivener has been a sponsor. They provide discount codes to participants and winners, and suggest that if you already have Scrivener you give your winner code away. <BR> <BR> I already have Scrivener, so I have a few codes available if anyone doesn't and is interested in getting it. <BR> <BR> *Edit:* The one from November is now expired. <BR> <BR> - The one from the April Camp for 2016, ... Wed, 11 May 2016 16:58:04 EST Use update status & friend feed to stay connected. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x64206892 If you haven't been updating your Spark People status and using the 'friend feed' frequently, you're missing out on a great tool for staying on track and connecting with your teammates. <BR> <BR> As I try to figure out my new schedule, I'm really loving the way that the simple 'update status' action fits into my life. <BR> <BR> I can do it from my main start page. It only takes a second. It keeps me aware of my commitments to SP and to myself. It allows me to quickly and easily touch base... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:48:08 EST how to find editing gigs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x63922623 I'm a writer at heart, but I'm also a fine editor and I wanted to offer my services to others. I'm not soliciting anyone here, don't worry. I just wanted to know if anyone knew of a website or forum for that kind of thing? I'm looking to make a little money on the side for some dental work that my insurance doesn't cover. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:44:48 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in FEB 2016! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x63576157 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 01:35:43 EST What + & - factors will affect your goals in 2016? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x63316021 Tis the season for resolutions and goal setting as we begin a fresh new year. <BR> <BR> What circumstances and situations do you expect to strongly affect your wellness and your writerly goals this year? What do you have going for you, and what do you fear may cause you problems? <BR> <BR> Is there anything the team can do to off-set the troublesome issues? Perhaps you can pair up with someone to act as a cheerleader or accountability buddy. <BR> <BR> Let us know what you are trying to d... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 01:43:34 EST Track Successes / Positive Steps in JAN 2016! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x63315984 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 01:23:49 EST Track Positive Steps / Successes in Dec. 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x63103334 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at le... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 01:04:16 EST After the First Draft... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x62993160 I just completed the first draft of my first novel last night. As you may imagine, I'm immensely excited. My original estimate was 120k words, but I came in just over 105k. I'll take it! I began sometime around June, but only got to around 13k words by August. That's when I had an epiphany. I thought I didn't have time in my day to get more than 100 or 200 words in, but that wasn't true! Knowing what motivates me most (spreadsheets and tracking!), I created a plan to complete my first draft b... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:34:01 EST X-Thousand Words Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x62887058 This goal under construction. Please be patient as I work through the mechanics. I'll post a note on the team wall when it goes live. <BR> <BR> To make the team's goal number somewhat accurate, I'm assuming that anyone who signs up is hoping to write 5,000 words a week. This is just a default number that seems workable. I'm not implying any judgement about words count goals that are higher or lower. (For me, the 5,000 word goal reflects working five days a week or so.) <BR> <BR> To make th... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 13:28:52 EST Track Positive Steps / Successes in Nov. 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x62880716 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps (aka successes) at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health &amp; Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> Positive Steps / Success Journal <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at leas... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 20:07:16 EST Inspiration: Plotting/ Outlining http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x62809180 I subscribe to the Creative Writing Now newsletter (http://www.creative-writing-now.com/), which provides writing inspiration, information, resources, etc. without focusing primarily on trying to sell you something (as many of the others do). One of the focuses right now is outlining and plotting. I found the emails to be informative and encouraging, but I wanted to share something in particular with you all. The link below leads to an article showing pictures of some well-known authors' (in... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:28:07 EST Fiction Writers: Do your characters surprise you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x62800325 I had read that this happens to some fiction writers before I got deep into my first draft of my first novel (just hit 75% completion last night!), but I kind of didn't expect it to happen to me. I like to outline, and I had a decent idea of where things would go. Or so I thought... <BR> <BR> Since it is my first time writing a novel (at least, first serious attempt), I did not outline as thoroughly as I think I might like. I left gaps in places that I knew would require some creativity to ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:15:01 EST Do you have a writer's platform? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x62747853 I've been reading about different ways to kick-start your writer's platform, so that you gain readers earlier and are (potentially) more desirable for traditional publishers. I know many do blogs on their own domain, and I want to hear what others do. <BR> <BR> I currently have my own domain (with my real name), but I am weighing my options for what I want to do. My thought is that a blog will be ideal, but I am undecided on the topic. I considered short stories, though I currently don't re... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:13:02 EST Track Positive Steps / Successes in October, 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x62631744 NOTE: there is a more detailed discussion of the purpose of keeping track of positive steps aka successes at "Why keep a Success Journal?" in the Health & Wellness Resources Forum. <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, ... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 01:08:58 EST Why keep a Success Journal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x62463889 NOTE: This was not intended to become a topic here in Fit to Write, but when I was recently journaling about which of my habits I find most useful and supportive, I made some notes about keeping a Success Journal that I thought others might find useful. <BR> <BR> I've converted part of that journal entry into the following mini-essay: <BR> <BR> A gratitude journal is about appreciating the goodness that comes from other people and from the experience of just being alive. (I keep my gratitu... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 02:55:12 EST Let's take 100+ positive steps in September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x62459133 If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time, can come to this thread and make note of one (or more) positive step(s) they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> E... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 13:18:31 EST What's your plan for autumn 2015? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x62370944 I thought it might be nice to create a space for us to talk about what we've learned over the summer, and how we plan to refocus as autumn arrives. <BR> <BR> I've struggled in these last months. In the last week or so I've been SERIOUSLY thinking about what I really want, and what comes next. I'd like to offer some questions here so you can do the same. (Respond to as many or as few questions as you like. Just let my questions be prompts for whatever you'd like to work through.) <BR> <BR> P... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:25:09 EST Let's take 100+ positive steps in August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x62146397 If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time, can come to this thread and make note of one (or more) positive step(s) they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> E... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 03:02:40 EST Game: Let's take 100+ positive steps in July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x61905649 NOTE: We only made it to the mid-60s in June. I know we can do better than that :D <BR> <BR> If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time, can come to this thread and make note of one (or more) positive step(s) they took. Id... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 04:44:56 EST A game: Let's take 100 positive steps in June 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x61640141 If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time, can come to this thread and make note of one (or more) positive step(s) they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> E... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 02:02:58 EST Writer Rendezvous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x61610535 I've been meaning to add a thread about this practice which has made a huge difference in my productivity. I mention it all the time -- in my positive steps entries, and as I respond to things other F2W members post. <BR> <BR> The concept is simple. A writer rendezvous is when you check in with your project for just a few minutes. I've found that 5-15 minutes works best. The absolute key is to do this DAILY. Define for yourself what a check-in is comprised of. <BR> <BR> Here's what it says ... Thu, 28 May 2015 15:44:34 EST The Benefits of Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x61371454 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross<BR>/benefits-journaling_b_5588478.html </link> <BR> <BR> The Benefits of Journaling and Tips for Getting Started <BR> <BR> In today's busy world, we hear a lot about remembering to slow down, to unplug from technology, and to find ways to de-stress. I, myself, have written about the many benefits of meditation and yoga -- not just for adults, but for children as well. There is another method I recommend, and that is the daily practice of journal... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:47:19 EST A game: Let's take 100 positive steps in May, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x61368629 If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time, can come to this thread and make note of one (or more) positive step(s) they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> E... Fri, 1 May 2015 01:28:28 EST A game: Let's take 100 positive steps in Apr, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x61091759 If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time, can come to this thread and make note of one (or more) positive step(s) they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> E... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 03:01:04 EST Awards you can win, explained here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x61086891 At the end of each month, the goals will be reset. This allows for a fresh start every month. On the last day of the month, those members who have met their goals will receive awards as follows: <BR> <BR> For meeting the 900+minute fitness minutes goal, you will receive: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l930726840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For meeting the weekly writerly walk / artist date goal, you will receive: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76828588... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:11:32 EST Do you misspell certain words consistently? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x61011797 I have a handful of words that I use often but that I get wrong about half the time. I know that spell checkers help with that kind of thing, but it annoys me when I get it so wrong that I have to pause to try to remember or, worse, have to google it. Plus it's a pain when I'm writing long hand where there is no save-the-day spell checker. <BR> <BR> I decided yesterday that I wanted a digital version of flash cards to help me tackle these nemesis words for good, and I found a great one! <BR... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:08:57 EST What are your favorite calorie-wise foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x60953053 This could be a tricky topic, because we all have different standards about what constitutes healthy and tasty foods. I am very aware that, here at SP, different folks shun different things. (Examples: anything high calorie; processed or pre-packaged foods, meat and other animal-derived products; artificial sweeteners; sugar; fat; carbs; etc.) <BR> <BR> I keep finding little things that are making my life easier and I want to share them for anyone who has similar needs. And I'd love to find... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 01:13:28 EST Circadian rhythm & weight loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x60891514 Just read an article that supports the idea of eating a bigger breakfast / lunch and a light supper ... if you are a natural or functioning day-person. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link>www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/10/npr<BR>-circadian-surprise </link> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:57:36 EST A game: Let's take 100 positive steps in Mar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x60798613 If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time, can come to this thread and make note of one (or more) positive step(s) they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> E... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 02:43:59 EST Meet my novel: Vivos (new adult spec fic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x60735092 My book is set in the not-too-distant future. Think dystopian with humor. I wrote just over 50,000 words last year and figure I am just over half done with my first rough draft. I have outlined the entire book, although I've left the ending a surprise so my Inner Writer can take over there - she usually comes up with the best endings. <BR> <BR> I struggle with consistency in my writing times. My husband is a pilot and is gone 18 days a month, which is when I get most of my writing done. ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:05:32 EST A game: Seeds and Rows. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x60532402 I was trying to think of something interesting to do with words and writing that wouldn't take a great deal of time. (Remember, your actual writing project should be getting your attention.) <BR> How about this: <BR> <BR> I'll start the thread by leaving three seeds (interesting words) for you to plant in a row which is just a sentence or short passage (as in prose) or a line or stanza (as in poetry). <BR> <BR> Once you've planted my seeds, you leave can leave three words for another perso... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:39:58 EST A game: Let's take 100 positive steps in Feb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x60532293 If we don't give ourselves credit for our successes, who will? This game requires a self-nurturing, generous mindset. Any day that includes a positive step toward being a fitter, healthier, more productive writer should be worth at least one step! <BR> <BR> HOW TO PLAY: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time can come to this thread and make note of one positive step they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> Each step will be... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:04:13 EST Jan 2015: 30 positive steps (now closed) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x60267149 I saw something like this on another team page, and I loved the idea. The rules were a little different there but here's my version: <BR> <BR> Anyone on the team, at any time can come to this thread and make note of one positive step they took. Ideally each step will be in the direction of better health and more productivity. <BR> <BR> Each step will be numbered. The first person to post will take the first step and number it as "1)". The next person to post would number their step as THE N... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 01:29:29 EST A photographer examines body image with nudes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x59871964 I just stumbled onto a body image / art project that I found fascinating. If you follow the link at the bottom of this post, you will be taken to a website displaying many (artistic) nudes. <BR> <BR> BE AWARE: these are full frontal nudes, of women, men and, I think, at least one in-between. The subjects of the photographs are many different (adult) ages and sizes. <BR> <BR> I should let the artist describe the project: <BR> <BR> "This series was made to tackle the norms of what we think o... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:10:07 EST Inspiration: Santmyer wrote a best-seller at 88 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x59857654 From The Writer's Almanac: <BR> <BR> November 25th is the birthday of the novelist Helen Hooven Santmyer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (1895). When she was five years old, she moved with her family to the small town of Xenia, Ohio, where she grew up. As a young girl, she was inspired by the Xenia Women's Club — an early feminist intellectual organization — to go off to New York and get a job as a secretary for Scribner's Magazine, where she met many writers, including Ernest Hemingway and F. Sco... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:49:32 EST What is your writing plan for winter 2014-15? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x59854727 I just figured out that if I write 1050 daily words for 90 days I could generate 94,500 words. <BR> <BR> I'm gearing up for another fresh start come December 1st. I've been thinking (obsessing) about Stephen King's assertion that the first draft of a novel (even a long one) should take no more that one season. <BR> <BR> 94,500 words is a BIG draft. The book I'm working on right now is only planned to be about 80-90,000 words, but an excess would be fine because I know that revising will be... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:40:02 EST LOLs - on writing & the writing life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x59816588 Here's a thread to house funny commentary on what it's like to be a writer. I've got some links saved somewhere on this computer; I'll look around and add a few. Share whatever you've got :) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:30:05 EST LOLs - post general-topic funnies here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x59816458 Okay. Here's a place for sharing funny things ... because sometimes we just need a good laugh. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:17:31 EST Meet my novel: The Hotel (horror) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x59726787 2015.03.04 <BR> SYNOPSIS: <BR> <BR> Cody, out of work and obsessed with writing a true crime novel about a little-known serial killer -- the Vine Lake Vampire -- alienates his wife and daughter with his increasing paranoia and over-protectiveness. <BR> <BR> When he is consequently exiled from his family home, he moves into a seedy hotel in Vine Lake, intent on finishing his book so that he can prove his worth to his wife and begin putting his family back together. <BR> <BR> On the night ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 02:51:30 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x59725284 <BR> <BR> NAME & SP USER NAME: <BR> Mary Beth (YMBL2000) <BR> <BR> MY BLOG OUTSIDE OF SP (IF I HAVE ONE) IS AT: <BR> marybethlee.wordpress.com AND authorlizlee.blogspot.com <BR> <BR> WEIGHT GOALS: <BR> Lose about 50 pounds by next Halloween then maintain. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION GOALS: <BR> Low-carb lifestyle, more veggies, more water! <BR> <BR> FITNESS GOALS: <BR> Walk every day... and I want to add Pilates to my day. <BR> <BR> WRITING GOALS: <BR> Finish my NaNo book and plan the next two... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:14:11 EST Writers meeting deadlines. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x59714731 It doesn't matter if your deadline is coming from an external or internal source, you KNOW you need to get something related to writing DONE between the moment you find this thread and the first of the coming month. What is it? Sun, 9 Nov 2014 22:00:39 EST Writers taking movement breaks every 30 minutes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x59714047 When you've settled in for a long session of writing, set a timer for every 25-30 minutes. When the timer goes off, take 1-5 minutes to MOVE. Stretch out, dance around the room, do some push-ups, whatever. <BR> <BR> Let us know at the end of your session how many breaks you took, or what you did. Applaud someone else for checking in. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 20:39:47 EST The 50%+ Goal Companion Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x59713180 This is the place for an on-going conversation about anything related to the team goal known as "OG: Write on 50%+ of the days in [the current month]( Y of Z days ) 1 time per day" <BR> <BR> Just hit reply and go. Add your thoughts about the goal. Share your successes. Tell us what type of writing you are doing. Cheer on the rest of the participants, or issue a personal challenge. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:52:50 EST The 90% & 50% Goals Companion Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x59713167 This is the place for an on-going conversation about anything related to the "write X%" team goals. <BR> <BR> (I've edited this thread title as of May 1st, so that there's only one thread for both the 50% & 90% goals.It seems more useful to me that way.) <BR> <BR> Just hit reply and go. Add your thoughts about the goal. Share your successes. Tell us what type of writing you are doing. Cheer on the rest of the participants, or issue a personal challenge. <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:50:19 EST Writerly Walk Companion Thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29185x63972x59713139 This is the place for an on-going conversation about anything related to the team goal known as "OG: Take at least 1 contemplative, writerly walk each week in [the current month] (30+ minutes) 1 time per week". <BR> <BR> Just hit reply and go. Add your thoughts about the goal. Share your successes. Tell us what you saw while out walking. Cheer on the rest of the participants, or issue a personal challenge. <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:45:46 EST Better laptop ergonomics video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29184x63972x59711966 A short, neat, aesthetically pleasing, tutorial video for those of us who spend hours typing: <BR> <BR> <link>http://youtu.be/ZLwIP8cBaWA </link> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:11:31 EST Inspiration: 500+ words in EXACTLY 2 hours a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=29183x63972x59698277 This is from an old Writer's Almanac email that I saved. <BR> <BR> "Author Graham Greene realized early in his writing career that if he wrote just 500 words a day, he would have written several million words in just a few decades. So he developed a routine of writing for exactly two hours every day, and he was so strict about stopping after exactly two hours that he often stopped writing in the middle of a sentence. And at that pace, he managed to publish 26 novels, as well as numerous shor... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 02:51:06 EST WELCOME LETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x63972x59657684 NOTE: This is a copy of the letter that is sent to greet new members when they join the team. <BR> <BR> <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Fit to Write. My name is RRudeParanormal (Renae) and I'm the founder of this (brand new) team. There are several teams on SP for writers and I encourage you to browse your options to find the best fit for you. <BR> <BR> Right after I joined Spark People, I was invited to co-lead one of the existing writing teams. It was a large group, but there were ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 00:31:33 EST GUIDE TO THE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FORUM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x63972x59655351 PLEASE DO NOT REPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS "GUIDE" THREAD. <BR> This is meant to be a guide post rather than a conversation thread. (If there are no comments on a guide post, scrolling to find basic information will be unnecessary.) <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> INTRODUCING YOURSELF: <BR> <BR> Instead of a free-form introduce yourself forum, Fit to Write features an introduce yourself questionnaire. It is a "sticky" topic and will always be visible below this guide post. <BR> <BR> The ques... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 19:51:56 EST