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Health and Fitness for Creative People, the Ebook

I’m thrilled to present my new ebook to the world!

Health and Fitness for Creative People has been something I’ve wanted to put together for several years because I do believe that stronger in body is stronger in mind. Feeling better, being healthier is going to improve a person’s production, energy levels and their creative endeavours will benefit.

It took a lot longer to write than I had initially thought because there was just so much information I wanted to include. I’ve given presentations by the same name at conferences and never seem to have enough time to tell the participants everything I wanted to. With the ebook I got to include everything I wanted and it is packed full of what I believe to be valuable information for creative types looking to improve their level of health and fitness, their craft and their overall well being.

If you stumbled across this blog post and don’t know who I am, I competed in Fitness for 10 years, including 4 years in the IFBB Pros and have trained over 150 athletes to the stage, plus hundreds more individuals seeking better health. I have a black belt from Master Gee’s Black Belt Academy and am working my way toward my second degree black belt. I am a published author, blogger, speaker and avid crafter, always seeking to produce higher quality and quantity of my work. I have helped authors and artists reach their fitness goals and decided I wanted to help as many as I could.

It’s available on my site, you can view more information there. I also managed to get it up on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com! Big shout out to Jill Flannagan for help in that new adventure. I might get some of my other manuals up there in the future.

Thanks to Diana Rowland for the great cover blurb, as well as to Howard Taylor and Chadwick Ginther for their kind words. Of course, I have to post their blurbs here to show them off. I’m also going to add to the end of this post a list of what you’ll find in the ebook. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the ebook before you rush out and purchase it (I know you all want to!) feel free to email me at sandrawickham@live.ca!

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“Sandra Wickham’s counsel on health and fitness has been invaluable to me for the last five years. She’s an expert here, and she’s a class act besides. ”

—Howard Tayler, Writer and Illustrator

 

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“I knew a lot of the information in HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE–most of us do–but I kept it compartmentalized in such a way so as not to do anything with that information. HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE kicked down those walls and delivers all you need to know to feel better and create more art in one well-researched volume. (And I’m not just saying this because Sandra has me in an armbar.) ”
—Chadwick Ginther, Author of Thunder Road

 

 

What you will find in this Ebook

  • This is a ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-ONE PAGE manual, complete with everything you need to improve your health
  • Straight talk on why this is important for every creative person.
  • Help with finding your motivation to start and to continue improving your level of health and fitness.
  • Lots of geeky apps, suggestions and resources to satisfy your creative geek.
  • A section on proper posture for sitting or standing desks, including simple to do exercises to improve your overall posture!
  • Thorough information on cardiovascular and strength training so you know what to do and how to do it.
  • Helpful nutritional information covering everything from weight loss, to eating out and healthy snacking.
  • Also included are tips on getting enough sleep, and a section for those over 65.
  • Finally, a Now It’s Your Turn section including:A Quick Stretching Routine
    A Five Minute Creative Break (away from your desk)
    A Desk Break (you don’t even have to get up, but you’ll feel better!)
    Tips for Fitness and Health on a Budget
    A Sample Treadmill Workout (to shake things up a bit!)
    Tips on How to Avoid Overtraining
    Many Different Motivational Tools
    Inspiring Quotes of All Sorts to See You Through

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Two Things to Brag About

Sound the alarm, I have two publications to brag about at once, a personal essay and a short story. Lightspeed’s Women Destroy SF special issue went out to readers, including my personal essay, We Are the Army of Women Destroying SF. This issue is edited entirely by women, written by women and includes the fabulous cover art of Hugo winning female artist, Galen Dara. It’s available as an ebook or trade paperback. All together there’s more than 180,000 words of material, including: 11 original short stories, 15 original flash fiction stories, 4 short story reprints and a novella reprint, 7 nonfiction articles, and 28 personal essays by women about their experiences reading and writing science fiction. I highly recommend checking it out!

Women Destroy Science Fiction Cover (by Galen Dara!)

Women Destroy Science Fiction Cover (by Galen Dara!)

Also, in the fiction realm, my story, The Matron, is currently out in issue 18 of Luna Station Quarterly. If you like, YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO READ MY STORY! (not subtle at all) Be sure to take a look at all the other great stories on content on the site!

Luna Station Quarterly!

Luna Station Quarterly!

 

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Story Sale!

Happy to announce I’ve sold my short story, The Matron, to Luna Station Quarterly. I really like this story and hope that others do too. Luna Station Quarterly is “a speculative fiction magazine featuring stories by up and coming women authors.” I’ll blog (and brag) about it again when it’s available. Hooray!

In the meantime, you can check out the other stories, blog posts and other great stuff on their site here.

Luna Station Quarterly

 

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My Website Makeover

It seems kind of odd to be blogging about my website that links to this blog, but I know some people only see the blog posts.  Therefore I’m happy to say my author website has a brand new look!

I’d been working on putting up a new design for a while, then got a kick of motivation when my site got hacked (boo) and needed a complete overhaul. It did force me to put the time and effort in and voila! I have a new site.

I’m still working on it, but I’m pretty pleased with it right now. I think. It’s a work in progress. You know, just like writing.

TAKE A LOOK AT MY NEW AUTHOR WEBSITE!

 

 

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My VCon Schedule

I’m excited for VCon 38 this weekend! I’ll be on several panels and I’m doing two readings, one at the book launch on Friday night and one on my own on Saturday. This year we have great guests of honour including Dan Wells and Mur Lafferty. There’s always lots to do at VCon, panels, discussions, readings, the art show, gaming, dealers room, crafting and much more.

This year’s theme is pirates!

You can see the whole schedule online HERE. VCon is using the great site Sched.org, so you can choose lots of options for viewing. Say, for example, you wanted to find out when a particular guest was doing panels and readings (ahem) you can click on their name and see their entire schedule. To save you the trouble of clicking on my name, I’ve included my schedule below. The book launch is open to everyone, the panels and other reading I’m doing are part of the convention membership.

Come join the fun!

 

Friday, October 4

2:00pm  Marketing Short Fiction and Poetry 

 3:00pm  Publicity: The Good, The Bad and the Bonkers

4:00pm  TAURINE : Legacy of Jolt

7:00pm Book Launch (reading)

8:00pm Writing Girly Women

Saturday, October 5

11:00am  Interview with Dan Wells

1:30pm  Author Reading: Sandra Wickham

5:00pm  Drawing Out the Dark Side: Tapping Into Your Inner Villain

Sunday, October 6

10:00am  Pirates vs. Ninjas

11:00am  Writing for Fighting

 

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Urban Green Man Release Party

Tomorrow we’re having an Urban Green Man Release Party over at the fabulous site, Bitten By Books. Come chat with more than 24 authors from the anthology (including me!) and one lucky visitor will win a $50 Amazon electronic gift certificate, provided by the publisher, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Urban Green Man

Urban Green Man

Last I checked, 46 people have already RSVP’d! It should be a fun event and I hope to see you there! Here’s some information on the anthology, as well as more on the event from Bitten By Books:

The stories in the Urban Green Man anthology are ripe with the magic of new beginnings, and may change the way you look at life forever!

With an introduction by Charles de Lint, Urban Green Man is a glorious anthology of urban and contemporary short literature, from an international cast of authors.

Each story follows the theme of renewal, surrounding the mythology of the Green Man.

CONTEST INFO: Open to readers WORLDWIDE
Grand Prize:$50.00 Amazon Gift Card

RSVP at this link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=65596 and get 25 entries to the prize portion of the contest when you show up on the day of the event. 

Here are some of the authors who you will have a chance to chat with on Wednesday.
Janice Blaine
Satyros Phil Brucato
Gary Budgen
Suzanne Church
Karlene Tura Clark
Michael J. DeLuca
Eileen Donaldson
Sarina Dorie
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Kim Goldberg
Alyxandra Harvey
Michael Healy
Rhiannon Held
Miriah Hetherington
Adria Laycraft
Susan MacGregor
Micheal J. Martineck
Heather M. O’Conner
Goldeen Ogawa
Celeste A. Peters
Martin Rose
Peter Storey
Calie Voorhis
Maaja Wentz
Sandra Wickham
Eileen Wiedbrauk
Nu Yang

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Ink Club Success!

Last night was our first meeting of Ink Club, an experiment I wanted to try to get people in the local arts community together to be productive under the pressure of their peers. We had twenty-two artists and writers come out for our inaugural event.

We met, had social time, then got to work in a quiet, supportive environment. Forty-five minutes later we stopped for a fifteen minute break for a bit more socializing, then back to work for another forty-five minutes. At the end of the second working session, a lot of people wanted to keep going, so I think that’s a good sign.

 

The vibe was fabulous, just what I’d hoped for and lots of participants have commented on how great it was. We’re definitely going to make this a regular meet up!

Thanks to Gian for the use of La Fontana Cafe and to Sam for all her help and support of this new venture.

 

And so, Ink Club begins…

 

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