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Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Release

By Sarah Nelsen

Yoga for Writers

I would like to welcome my dear friend, Sarah Nelsen, to my blog for the the final installment of our three part series, Yoga for Writers (or really anyone who works at a desk). Sarah is an expert in restorative yoga and she has some fabulous tricks to help you be kind to your body and refresh your brain. When you take a proper break, you will get more done. So, without further ado, Yoga for Writers—Release


These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release (Keep reading and bookmark it for later)


Working at a Desk is Hard on the Body

Scenario: You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and think it’s your mom, but it’s you. You wonder when your shoulders got so rounded. You’re starting to complain about the same aches and pains your mom had…stiff fingers, jaw tension, hips that feel like they need to be oiled.

Could it be that you’re spending too much time seated at the computer? Is there anything that can reverse what feels like the downward spiral of aging?  Well, I don’t know if I can make that big of a promise, but I can share with you a short yoga practice that helps release the neck, shoulders, hands and feet and may have you sitting up with a bit more confidence and ease! 

Why Release?

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Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Refresh

By Sarah Nelsen

I would like to welcome Sarah Nelsen back to my blog for the Part 2 of a 3 Part Series: Yoga for Writers. Sarah is an amazing person with a heart to help people. She is a multi-certified yoga instructor who went as far as moving away from her friends and family for a year and a half to pursue an international credential in another country. Yes, she is that serious about her craft. So, enjoy Yoga for Writers—Refresh.

These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh (This post. Keep reading or bookmark for later.)
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release

Read on to see the importance of breaks or just skip to the short video tutorial and get to it.

Sarah Nelsen practicing yoga. Yoga for Writers—Refresh.
Sarah Nelsen practicing what she preaches: Yoga for Writers—Refresh

Working at a Desk is Hard on Your Body

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Guest Post: Yoga for Writers—Rest

By Sarah Nelsen

I would like to welcome my dear friend, Sarah Nelsen, to my blog. This is part one of a three part series: Yoga for Writers. Post one is focused on the need to take short breaks to rest so that we can optimize our productivity and increase our creativity. If you work at a desk, you need Yoga for Writers—Rest.

These modules can be done in any order, but If you missed one of them, here are the links:
Part 1: Yoga for Writers—Rest (This post)
Part 2: Yoga for Writers—Refresh
Part 3: Yoga for Writers—Release

Sarah is one of the kindest and most gentle spirits of anyone I have ever met. When I pitched the idea of writing a few posts specifically designed to help writers, she jumped at the chance. I am so grateful for her heart to help people. She is a multi-certified instructor with a wealth of knowledge.

Read on to see the importance of rest breaks or just skip to the short video and get to it.

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BLOG POST: 10 Things I Learned from My Mom

I realize that I’ve been quiet for a long while. Last year was hard for me. Amid the hustle and bustle of teaching full-time, raising two elementary kids, being a partner to my husband, running a household, and sneaking in writing, I was stopped in my tracks—my mom took a turn for the worse.

My mom had suffered for a long time with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy), think Parkinson’s disease on crack. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to watch an independent person be robbed of the things that they love most. My mother was an artist who made everything she touched more beautiful. This disease stole the use of her hands, then all motor function, followed by her ability to speak, and ultimately her life.

My multiple trips north to Oregon were to help my dad and see my mom as much as possible. In July, I flew up to help transition my mom to hospice care. They said she had a few months, but after I flew home, it was only a few days. My dad had tirelessly taken care of her. He meant it when he said “for better or worse, in sickness or in health.” This month would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.

It has been five months, and it has taken me this long to process enough to write about…well, much of anything. It is hard for me to be this open in public. By nature, I am very optimistic and upbeat, but I tend to keep my pain private. So, instead of not saying anything, I wanted to honor my mom and share a glimpse of her wisdom.

What I learned from my mom.
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Photo Writing Prompt: Moonlight Magic

We finally had a break in the torrential California rain, so I took my daughter out for a photo shoot. We have been safe, but there has been flooding not too far away.

I’ve had this scene in my head for weeks.

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Here is a printable journal page with a smaller version of the picture: No one noticed when she melted into the backdrop of trees until… (more…)

Writing Resource: 188 Words for Sounds

When writing or editing, sometimes it’s nice to have a cheat sheet next to you to save time. This list will help you get out of a rut and add some sound to improve on sensory language.

As William Cowper once said:

“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour.”

Mix it up and have fun. As usual, a printer-friendly PDF is at the bottom.

Do you have any sound words you love to use?

Infographic

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Printer-Friendly PDF

Free for personal or school use: words-for-sounds

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Resource: 2 Photo Writing Prompts

A little writing inspiration for you:
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Resource: Realistic Travel Times

Writing Resource | Realistic Travel Times | Robin Woods | #amwriting #writingtips #writing #writingcommunity

People who don’t live in California seem to think that everyone is within an hour from Disneyland. More than once I’ve had people contact me, telling me that they were going to be in LA, so maybe we can meet up for dinner. Now, depending on where this person is in the LA Basin, drive times from San Jose (40 minutes south of San Francisco) can range from 5 1/2 hours to 6 1/2 hours.  People always seem to be shocked to learn how large California actually is.  In fact, if you were to drive from the most southern large city, San Diego, north to the Oregon border, it would take you over 11 hours on a good day with no stops.

Google Can Be Your Friend

The point I am making, is that you need to research your travel times.  It is so easy to simply Google the directions from place to place. Google will even given you travel times for car, bus, bicycle, and walking.

Google Maps

But Google Won’t Tell Me

But sometimes Google won’t work. Maybe your characters are traveling on a private jet, or maybe your novel takes place in 1850.  Here are some fantastic resources to help you:

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Resource: Oregon Backgrounds & Textures

FREE Background Oregon (1)

Escape to the Oregon Coast

Each year we hop in the car and head north to Oregon. We have relatives in several cities, and get to take in the breathtaking landscapes and partake in all sorts of outdoor activities. All of these photos were taken within a 20 minute drive of Florence, Oregon. This town is a favorite for those that live in Oregon. It offers an adorable downtown to hang out in, as well as, beaches, dunes, rivers, lakes, and forest. We try to fit in a couple of trips to the dunes on ATV’s, where several of these pictures are taken.

Sample quote using one of the backgrounds

“I alone cannot change the world

Photos are free for use with credit

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Resource: Free Backgrounds & Textures

Resource Textures and Backgrounds

Pictures of Nothing?

When I travel, I am often seen taking pictures of what must seem like random things to other people. I stand six inches from wallpaper or get down on my knees to catch the perfect angle of a fallen leaf. This summer, I visited Nevada a couple of times.  These pictures were taken in The Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino. The Starbucks barista did look at me a little funny when I took a picture of the cup sleeves, but I’m glad I did.

Here  is a sample of what you can do with these photos:

Gandhi Quote

I used a fabulous website called Canva to add the text.

Photos are free for use with credit

These pictures are free to use as long as you credit me and link to my site:
Photo by Robin Woods www.RobinWoodsFiction.com

Metal Petina 1

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