February 18th, 2011
Looks Are Deceiving

Had my first Kettle Bell workout today with a personal trainer. I signed up so that I could learn proper form. The trainer seemed like a nice guy. Very well educated, quiet demeanor, encouraging, but not overly so. Perfect for me. Should’ve known he’d turn out to be a sadist. *ggg I can barely walk up the stairs without my legs threatening to give out on me. I can’t even imagine what tomorrow will bring, if I’m this wobbly today. I told him I’d call and make another appointment because I didn’t quite get everything that he showed me. What can I say? He brings out the masochist in me. (wg)

That’s honestly about all the excitement happening here. I’m still waiting to see what Frauke does with my Atlantean covers. If they’re anywhere near as good as the Gothic Passions and Rose’s Rapture covers, they’ll blow my socks off. (Which is quite a feat since I don’t currently have socks on.)

I’ve decided to do an indie book experiment. I’m going to release a single title under a pen name and put it up without linking to it. I want to see what kind of stigma is attached to my name. As much as I’d like to think that there isn’t one, I know that isn’t the truth. People who pick up my books expect a certain thing (whatever that is). A new name won’t come with any expectations. The best way to test this theory is to release a book under a new name to see what happens. Now I realize this isn’t remotely scientific because many factors can affect the outcome (ie genre, length of book, cover, etc.), but it should be interesting to see what happens. I will post the results after a few months. I figure if the experiment fails, I can always redo the cover and put my name on it. 🙂

Today is my father-in-law’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!!! May you have many, many, many, many more. Hope you managed to have a wee dram to go along with all the well-wishes. Here’s tae us, Wha’s like us, Damn few, And they’re a’ deid.

4 comments to “Looks Are Deceiving”

  1. As long as you’re smooth and deliberate in doing the reps your heart rate will be up and the calories will be burning. The audience in your living room won’t care how you look doing them. 🙂 I actually altered many of the exercises on ‘No More Trouble Zones’ to fit my sixty year old zone. During all leg lift circuits I bend my knees slightly to ease any back strain. Also in Jillian’s ‘surrender’ circuit exercise where I’m supposed to be kneeling with weights up above my head I march in place. If I’d been kneeling the last year during my six day workout schedule I wouldn’t have any knees left. The weight came off anyway so don’t worry about form. The rule of thumb to be real watchful about is any circuit that hurts while you’re doing it. Alter it. No pain, no gain only relates to soreness after you’re done… not during. 🙂

    Your covers will be exceptional I’ll wager. It will be an interesting experiment with the indie book thing if it gets read and garners feedback.

  2. Bernard, It was interesting to see the correct form with the kettle bells. I’d gotten a lot of it right, but there were a few things that I’d been doing wrong. I didn’t get much pain while working out with the trainer (one twinge that stopped a second later). Today, I am sore as all get go. It hurts to walk up and down our stairs. I’m going to workout, but I’m going to go easy. I need to be able to go up and down the stairs. LOL!

    Here’s hoping. 🙂 I’m looking forward to doing the experiment. It should be interesting. If I don’t sell and I don’t get feedback, I’ll then know something about the indie publishing that I didn’t know before. 🙂

  3. Fear the kettle bells, but good for you. Interesting experiment, would love to hear how it turns out! I’ve considered doing that, too.

  4. Charli, Let me tell you. Last night was the first night I could turn over without being in pain. LOL!

    I will definitely keep you posted on the experiment. I’m editing the book now. (It should be pretty clean, since I’ve already gone through it a thousand times. *ggg)