Saturday, February 5, 2011

How the Health Thing is Going

The Health thing is trucking along.

Slowly.

I keep reminding myself that slowly is good. I've done fast in the past, and. . . well, since I'm doing it again now it didn't work for the long haul now did it? Down two pounds the last time I checked, which was a week or two ago. More importantly, I'm exercising almost every day, 6 out of 7 at least, and doing more than just walking all the time, but still walking too. Yoga classes two to three times a week, and using the resistance bands I got for Christmas are all giving me a good variety of exercises I hope.

I'm not going full vegan, but I've tried to have a vegan day or three each week. I've learned a new soup recipe that I really love (and will be coming up soon on another podcast review post). The funny thing about my vegan days is that it's easier to walk away from a late afternoon cravings, like for chocolate or something similar because I don't want to ruin my vegan eating day for it. Then the following days, having cheese feels so decadent, I don't want the junk as much anyway. I didn't expect that to happen, but I'm happy.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Favorite Writing Podcasts

Several of the podcast I listen to (and I listen to a LOT) have said that if their listeners (like me) want to offer support they should blog about them. While I have also donated financially in the past to some of my favorite podcasts too, it isn't something I can do regularly, and certainly not as much as I know these people deserve. So, bogging it is then!

I'm going to break my favorite podcasts into categories. Today is writing podcasts. After about a year and a half of podcast listening, these are the ones that have continued to earn their spot in my over-filled ipod. These are mainly fiction writing podcasts, by the way.

I Should Be Writing - Mur Lafferty talks about her own writing journey, interviews professional authors, and answers listener questions. She is very frank, open, but still encouraging. I like that she doen't attempt to be perfect, but will talk about trying to write while sick, or discouraged, and other parts of the process that may suck. But her message is always: you get through it, and you keep writing.

Writing Excuses - By Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. These are all professional writers who discuss an aspect of the craft of writing each episode. Sometimes they have guests, but often it's just the three of them. The topics they cover are very focused, and often something I didn't even know I didn't know. If you know what I mean. They are also nice short podcasts, usually under 20 min each.

Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing - Pretty much what the title says, although they talk to a lot of fantasy authors too. They have some really terrific interviews, and news of what's going on in publishing.

The Writing Show - I just learned that this podcast is scaling way back on what they are putting out, but the back episodes are still really worth listening to. They cover all kinds of writing topics, and the guests are so enthusiastic, I even enjoyed episodes that were on topics I didn't think I had any interest in, like memoir, comics, and screenwriting.

Pen On Fire - Another author interview podcast. Some talk about the craft of writing, some talk more about their books, but all are fun to listen too. My complaint about this one is that it makes me want to read every book they talk about, and I already have more to read than I have time for!

Dead Robot Society - A group of aspiring writers discuss the craft and business of writing and trying to break in. They are also mainly Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers. I occasionally disagree with some of their advice, but they often disagree with one another as well. They can have some interesting discussions and it's a nice reminder that different writers will have different ways of approaching their writing. They can wander off topic, and get a little silly, but that's fun to listen to too.

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing - Again, this one is what it says. These are super short, usually about 5 to 7 min long. Some strange grammar rules are explained very clearly.

If you have a favorite writing podcast that I didn't mention, leave it in the comments section. If it isn't one I've already heard, I'll add it to my feed!