If you’re a writer, you spend a lot of time hunched over your computer. I know I do. One lady told me jokingly that her author husband even preferred sex in that position. I hope she was joking.
Writing is a very solitary and sedentary occupation. Once committed to it, you often find you live in your office chair. Inspiration comes in spurts and, when in the midst of one of these periods, it is difficult to break away and take that hour walk or thirty minutes on the weight machine. Your computer and chair have you chained to them with an invisible connection that would make you a billionaire if you could patent it and put it on the market. Deadlines and your immersion in the flow of a work can lock you in your work-space as securely as if it were a vault.
That simply isn’t good for your health. The “author position” encourages shallow breathing and this deprives the anatomy of healthy levels of oxygen. A famous author acquaintance shared his formula to avoid this pitfall. He called it his two-minute regeneration. It consisted of standing at his computer after each hour of time he spent there. First, he took ten full, deep breaths. Next he did six knee bends, six arm circles, and touched his ankles six times, Finally, he took another ten full, deep breaths. I’ve adopted that regimen. It only takes two minutes and it does wonders for how you feel AND it helps invigorate my work. Try it.
I’d love to have all of you that can, visit me at the Matlacha Menagerie this Saturday from 10:30 to 3:00. This unique boutique gift and book shop is located at 4604 Pine Island Road. Matlacha is a quaint village located east of Cape Coral. The 40’s buildings and Bohemian decor are reminiscent of the “old Florida Keys.” Loaded with art galleries, unique gift shops, and sea food places, Matlacha is on the way to Florida’s Mango capital, Pine Island. Come chat for a while.
We had a great crowd at the Sandman Book Co. last Saturday. The attendees were enthusiastic and really into history. The type of people who attend these presentations prove my contention that READERS ARE THINKERS.
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