Skip to main content

Cupid's Library Escape

Sign up for these authors’ newsletters and get free books! Click on the graphic to check out all the free books. You might find a new favorite author! Cupid's Library Escape

The Barbour Editors blog

Captain’s Log, Stardate 01.10.2007

Blog book giveaway:
To enter, go to the blog links below and post a comment there.
My Thursday book giveaway is A Girl’s Best Friend by Kristin Billerbeck.
My Monday book giveaway is Heart of the Amazon by Margaret Daley
You can still enter both giveaways. On Monday, I'll draw the winner for the A Girl’s Best Friend and post the title for another book I'm giving away.

Win an iPod Nano! Exclusively for my newsletter YahooGroup subscribers, I have a huge contest running until January 31st! Get more info on my contest page!

Editor wisdom: The three Barbour editors, Rebecca Germany, JoAnne Simmons, and Susan Downs, have a blog! It’s called The Edit Café, and it’s FABULOUS. The blog posts offer great insight into the action behind the editing process, and they answer questions, too! Head on over and say hi. Tell them Camy sent you!

TMI:

Bible in 90 Days: Day 40. I just finished Psalms. I’ve read through it a few times, and after the past two, I’ve been reminded how much I love that book. I’m reminded of the things that really matter—love for God and for His word.

There’s also a lot of verses that pair fear of the Lord (my word for the year) with His unfailing love. Interesting combo, don’t you think? Those who fear the Lord also trust in His unfailing love for them.

Writing: In case you didn’t know, there was a two-part interview with my Senior Editor, Sue Brower, over at Novel Journey with Gina Holmes. Check out the pearls of wisdom from the woman who “discovered” me. ;)
Part One
Part Two

Diet: Just when you thought it was safe to return to Camy’s blog...

I waffled about if I should include my diet section, because my first thought was, Well, who cares?

But then I realized, well, most of my friends care about their health, and my reader demographic are mostly women who also battle the bulge.

However, I am going to try to be more productive and give tips rather than whining. If I start to whine, feel free to BZZT! me.

Here we go...

I exercised Monday and Tuesday! Let’s hope I can keep it up at least 3 more days. 30 minutes really isn’t that long once I got used to it and starting putting out my exercise stuff so it’s fast and easy to get into my shoes and start my video.

I’m also doing well at having a light breakfast and lunch and then a normal dinner with lots of veggies.

Has anyone else done that?

I know they say to eat a large lunch and light dinner, but that hasn’t seemed to work for me. I’m naturally less hungry during the day because my stomach is very acidic in the morning, and it only starts to cool down at night, when I become more hungry.

It’s MUCH easier for me, will-power-wise, to eat a light lunch. I don’t chow down for dinner, but it’s not as low-calorie as during the day. Is it cheating for me to take advantage of higher-will-power times during the day to cut down on calorie count?

I made All-Bran mini-muffins with a little less sugar, and I added some cinnamon for flavor. Toasted up, they’re rather good. The recipe is on the cereal box, except I halved the sugar, used 2 egg whites instead of an egg, and added a tablespoon of cinnamon.

I really do think that rearranging my desk so that I’m standing and working is helping my metabolism. My back has also been feeling pretty good. It certainly does help to be standing so I can pace and brainstorm at my desk. Although it does seem a shame to neglect my $$$ ergonomic chair.

I think I will do better this year in terms of diet and exercise because there are several other blogger friends also tracking their progress, such as Mirster and Rhonda. It’s always easier with friends.

Wow I had a lot to say. But I also figure people will just skip my diet section if they’re not interested.

Comments

Ruth said…
Thanks for the link to the Barbour editors blog.
I am trying to track what I eat & how I exercise on a FitDay.com journal (the free version). It's pretty neat!
Anonymous said…
I'm glad you decided to keep your diet section. I, for one, need the encouragement that it gives me to see other bloggers going through the "battle" and not giving up. It truly helps.
Anonymous said…
Amen to the diet section! It gives good variety to your blog and encourages me. I've been trying to exercise at least 4 days a week, so it's nice to see someone else doing the same thing.

I need to work on my diet though; I don't do enough to get the right nutrients. I find myself doing a lighter lunch because I'm at work. Also, I do dessert after dinner, not lunch. So if I eat a more substantial dinner, I'm less likely to overindulge on the sweets after. :)

Sarah
Anonymous said…
I look forward to reading about the
diet and exercise part of the blog
also because I'm going through the
same things. Actually, I love
everything about your blog. :-) Ann
PatriciaW said…
Thanks for sharing the Barbour blog.

Loved the Novel Journey interview with Sue. I think she even gave you a "shout out".

Keep the diet stuff. Not only is your demographic battling the bulge but so are a number of your writer friends. Like me! Hearing how others do and getting tips is great. Plus we can encourage you!
PatriciaW said…
Oops! That was Squirrel (Cheryl Wyatt) who gave you a shout out.

Popular Posts

Get my short story, White Soup, FREE!

“White Soup” is a short story set in my Christian Contemporary Romance Sushi series. It takes place after the events in Weddings and Wasabi . Originally this short story was in the anthology A Recipe for Romance which is now out of print. But now, "White Soup" is available free if you sign up for my newsletter! What’s up with the white soup? Originally, I heard about white soup from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (FYI, my Sushi series short story is NOT a Regency romance). Mr. Bingley is talking about the ball he plans to host at Netherfield: “If you mean Darcy," cried her brother, "he may go to bed, if he chooses, before it begins—but as for the ball, it is quite a settled thing; and as soon as Nicholls has made white soup enough, I shall send round my cards.” I researched white soup and made it, then blogged about it here . But then I made the recipe again, simplified and a bit more hearty, but definitely not what Bingley served for dinner, and I b

Bethany House Publishers Cover Survey Invitation

Captain's Log, Supplemental I just got this from Bethany House Publishers: Hello Reader, We at Bethany House Publishers appreciate our readers opinions about the books we publish. Occasionally, we seek your input about upcoming products. Currently, we are conducting a survey about the cover image for an upcoming novel. For your time, we are offering a giveaway in conjunction with this survey. You will be able to choose from ten recent Bethany House novels, and there will be ten winners. Winners will be notified within two weeks. Click here to take the survey, which should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation, and feel free to forward this email on to your friends or link the survey on your website. The survey will be available through Monday, September 17. Thanks for your time and your opinions. We value your feedback. Sincerely, Jim Hart Internet Marketing Manager Bethany House Publishers

Fun facts about Naomi from Deadly Intent

6 reasons why you will enjoy Deadly Intent: 1) It's set in a SPA! 2) Devon (the hero) is totally HOT! 3) Did I mention the SPA? 4) Naomi (the heroine) is cute and fun 5) Naomi is a massage therapist! 6) Naomi is a massage therapist in a SPA! Naomi is 27 years old, and half-Japanese, half-Caucasian, so she looks a little exotic, but not too much so. I pictured her to look like Natalie Portman. I admit I named her after a girl in the youth group at my church because I honestly couldn’t think of a name. Also, the real-life Naomi is half-Japanese and half-Caucasian just like my character. My character Naomi’s personality isn’t based on anyone I know, but I always thought being a massage therapist would be a cool job, so I did a lot of research for Naomi’s career and for the spa. Naomi’s a maiden or Persephone archetype. They tend to be easygoing and carefree, but Naomi has been thrust into a more responsible role by her father, who just had a stroke. Worried about the future

Guess what this is from A DANGEROUS STAGE

Can you guess what this is? I’m on the Sweet Romance Reads blog today with a little info on the strange sweet my character is making in A Dangerous Stage . Check out the blog post here.

Writing Progress - Sushi and Suspicions

I’ve been working on Sushi and Suspicions , a Christian contemporary romantic suspense which will be releasing in June in the multi-author box set Summer Suspicions . Trouble follows Liv on her vacation to Hawaii when she is framed for the theft of an antique rifle. Only a handsome investigator can help clear her name ... and maybe give her a reason to stay in the islands. If you want to read a snippet of what I wrote last week, check out my last newsletter !

Gritty Christian Suspense

I’m participating in this promo. Click on the graphic to check out all the Christian suspense books available and stuff your eBook reader! Gritty Christian Suspense

Cleo’s Drawstring Purse knitting pattern w/ @KnitPicks CotLin

Kari Trumbo is one of the twelve authors who participated with me in the Christian Contemporary Romance anthology, Save the Date . Kari’s novella in the anthology is titled January Hope . In celebration, I wrote a knitting pattern for the lace drawstring purse used by Kari’s heroine, Cleo. (In case you missed it, here are the links for my interview with Kari part 1 and part 2 . Tomorrow I’ll post an excerpt of one of Kari’s other books, Better Than First .) This is a pretty and practical little bag used by the heroine Cleo in Kari Trumbo’s novella, January Hope . Knit in a cotton/linen blend yarn, it’s just large enough for a cell phone and a small wallet. In the book, Cleo’s bag was a coral shade, but the bag I knit here is a chocolate brown color. The lace pattern is the Double Rose Leaf stitch pattern originally published on page 195 in The Lady's Assistant, volume 2 by Mrs. Jane Gaugain, published in 1847. ( You can download a scanned .pdf of the book from Archive.

Tabi socks, part deux

Captain's Log, Stardate 07.25.2008 (If you're on Ravelry, friend me! I'm camytang.) I made tabi socks again! (At the bottom of the pattern is the calculation for the toe split if you're not using the same weight yarn that I did for this pattern (fingering). I also give an example from when I used worsted weight yarn with this pattern.) I used Opal yarn, Petticoat colorway. It’s a finer yarn than my last pair of tabi socks, so I altered the pattern a bit. Okay, so here’s my first foray into giving a knitting pattern. Camy’s top-down Tabi Socks I’m assuming you already know the basics of knitting socks. If you’re a beginner, here are some great tutorials: Socks 101 How to Knit Socks The Sock Knitter’s Companion A video of turning the heel Sock Knitting Tips Yarn: I have used both fingering weight and worsted weight yarn with this pattern. You just change the number of cast on stitches according to your gauge and the circumference of your ankle. Th

Now my Camille Elliot website is down

I seriously don't know what's happening!

No Cold Bums toilet seat cover

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.22.2008 I actually wrote out my pattern! I was getting a lot of hits on my infamous toilet seat cover , and I wanted to make a new one with “improvements,” so I paid attention and wrote things down as I made the new one. This was originally based off the Potty Mouth toilet cover , but I altered it to fit over the seat instead of the lid. Yarn: any worsted weight yarn, about 120 yards (this is a really tight number, I used exactly 118 yards. My suggestion is to make sure you have about 130 yards.) I suggest using acrylic yarn because you’re going to be washing this often. Needle: I used US 8, but you can use whatever needle size is recommended by the yarn you’re using. Gauge: Not that important. Mine was 4 sts/1 inch in garter stitch. 6 buttons (I used some leftover shell buttons I had in my stash) tapestry needle Crochet hook (optional) Cover: Using a provisional cast on, cast on 12 stitches. Work in garter st until liner measures