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A Minute of Time with Melinda Friesen

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I asked Melinda the following two questions:

What was the last book you finished? Would you recommend it?

Sadly, the last few novels I’ve read have been mediocre. I have nothing new to recommend.

 

Of all the books you’ve written (published or not yet) which is your favourite?

My favorite of the books I’ve written is Solar. It took a long time to find a publisher, but finally, finally I have. Can’t wait to share this one!

Please connect with Melinda:

Twitter: @MelindaFriesen
Instagram: @MelindaFriesen
Pinterest: @MelindaFriesen
Website: melindafriesen.com

Bio:
Melinda Friesen authored the sci-fi/dystopian, One Bright Future series. Enslavement, book one in the series, was released in 2014 from Rebelight Publishing Inc., and its sequel, Subversion was released in 2016. EnEnslavement Subversionslavement has been shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Snow Willow Award and was nominated for a Sunburst Award. She also co-wrote The High-Maintenance Ladies of the Zombie Apocalypse [for adult audiences.] Her short stories have placed in numerous contests and have appeared in the Forging Freedom II Anthology, Freefall Magazine, and the Metro News.

The importance of my morning yoga!

frog-1109792_1280I learned much over the last three weeks while I dealt with a severe ear infection. Due to fluid moving around in my ear, it was quite painful and I couldn’t move my head around or down towards the floor, or even lie down for that matter without some sort of pain. So, my regular workout routine became nul and void. No yoga, no gym. I did continue to walk the dogs two miles each day, until it snowed again… (I’m a total suck when it comes to the cold, but so are my dogs.)

For the first several days I was still able to maintain watching my diet and spent a lot of time sleeping. After the first round of meds did nothing, I started my second round of stronger meds and noticed that by then it had been 10 days where my schedule was kyboshed and slowly, my healthy eating habits had diminished. Not completely, but slowly it became easier to make a quick processed food supper or it was too much effort to cut veggies for a salad. My calorie intake on My Fitness Pal was rising, slowly – not a lot, but enough to notice my good habits slipping. And most importantly my blood sugar readings moved up a number or two. All small changes, but significant to me. I had experienced so much success that this was bothering me greatly.  And a note of interest – my last blood tests with my doctor showed ALL of my numbers in the normal range, plus I’m down forty pounds. I was so proud of myself, this was not the time to get sick. All my work has my diabetes under control, all within four months of diagnosis. So, seeing those numbers change on my daily tests, even though they were small, sent up a red flag.

Being true to my analytical self, I looked at the scope of what was going on. I couldn’t do my usual workout, but why was I struggling to stick to my diet decisions. I determined that my morning yoga was the key.

pavilion-1660462_1280My usual routine being the following:

  • get up
  • get the boys off to school
  • do 35 minutes of yoga
  • drink a raw vegan smoothie
  • work
  • creative raw vegan salad for lunch
  • work
  • workout at gym
  • work
  • make supper (based around salad)
  • walk the dogs with the boys
  • bedtime for them
  • write
  • unwind with Netflix
  • bedtime for me and repeat… somewhat.

But the all important key was starting my day with yoga – it created my mindset for the rest of the day. Even if I didn’t feel like doing my yoga, on those days I picked a slightly easier flow, but I still did it. And always, always, I was ready to face my day, I felt good, my mind was clear, focused and I could go on. But that 35 minutes set me up for my success for the day. Without it, evidently, frog-1109789_1280complacency nudged in.

With my ear 95% better, yesterday morning I woke up, got the boys off to school, completed 35 mins of yoga, made a smoothie, and got on about my day. Today, the same, but this afternoon I’m looking forward to getting back to the gym. And just like that, my mood is better, my day is brighter, I’m focused and ready.

I understand that at times I’m going to get hit with an illness and that will disrupt my routine, but this was a real eye-opener into how important my morning fitness routine is to maintaining my overall well being.

A Minute of Time with Melinda Friesen

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Meet wonderful author, friend, and fellow Anita Factor member, Melinda Friesen. Melinda is one of the most deadline dedicated people that I’ve ever met. She consistently sets goals for herself and meets them which is truly inspiring. And I need to mention – she’s the plot queen! A true gift to think of plot solutions outside the box.

I asked Melinda the following two questions:

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What was the last book you finished? Would you recommend it?

The last book I finished was Winter by Marissa Meyer, which is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I loved this series, but I’m afraid this final book left me flat.

As a writer, what would your mascot/avatar/spirit animal be?animal-1997970_640

I think my spirit animal would be a duck. Ducks can do anything—walk, fly, swim. They adapt.

Please connect with Melinda:

Twitter: @MelindaFriesen
Instagram: @MelindaFriesen
Pinterest: @MelindaFriesen
Website: melindafriesen.com

Bio:
Melinda Friesen authored the sci-fi/dystopian, One Bright Future series. Enslavement, book one in the series, was released in 2014 from Rebelight Publishing Inc., and its sequel, Subversion was released in 2016. EnEnslavement Subversionslavement has been shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Snow Willow Award and was nominated for a Sunburst Award. She also co-wrote The High-Maintenance Ladies of the Zombie Apocalypse [for adult audiences.] Her short stories have placed in numerous contests and have appeared in the Forging Freedom II Anthology, Freefall Magazine, and the Metro News.

A Minute of Time with Pat Trottier

pat-trottierPat is a fellow founding member of the Anita Factor writing group. Since we’ve met, she has retired from a teaching career, but her passion for children and learning is evident in her retired life. Pat is non-stop go – her energy is inspiring!

Being one of the most positive people I know, with Pat, there is ALWAYS a silver lining, and I love her for it! Her critiques of our writing are always glowing with way more positives than “heads up moments.” She is a constant reminder to look on the bright side.

I asked Pat the following two questions:

I have watched you learn a lot of new skills over the past two years. Which new skill was the most fun to learn?

It’s been so rewarding working with my Anita friends as I have learned so much about writing during our meetings, readings and sharing. The Anita’s constantly give me encouragement to keep moving forward.

This past year I’ve enjoyed learning to use Twitter. Pembroke Publishing as well as the Anita’s have given me a lot of direction and feedback on using tweetdeck.twitter.com while I’m connecting with educational chat groups. Twitter has connected me with writers and educators in Canada, the United States and around the world. It’s a great tool to communicate with like-minded people and share ideas. I still have lots to learn but know help is just a tweet away.

What was the last book you finished? Would you recommend it?

Nujeen: One Girl's Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair by [Mustafa, Nujeen, Lamb, Christina]I am just finishing Nujeen – One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair by Nujeen Mustafa with Christina Lamb. Nujeen and her sister bravely travelled 3,593 miles from Syria to Germany. Her sister pushed Nujeen’s wheelchair most of the way; sometimes they paid for rides on a boat, bus, car and a train. In Germany, Nujeen attended school for the first time in her life. I recommend this book because it gives an honest look into the daily struggles and fears of watching war move closer to your home and then quickly deciding that you needed to flee to save your life. Before leaving they needed to figure out a safe escape route and gather money to help pay their way.

Please connect with Pat:

Website: Pat Trottier Books
Twitter: @PatPattrott

pat-relationships-comp-dBio:

Pat Trottier, M.Ed., has been actively involved in education in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for more than thirty years. Pat has worked with students in the early, middle, and senior years as a teacher, resource specialist, and administrator. Her extensive support of students in and outside of the classroom includes leading volunteer programs, preparing students for the work force, student council leadership, and helping parents with issues around child development and study skills. She recognizes the important role of physical activity and has coordinated a girl’s hockey team and Irish dancing classes. Committed to the professional development of teachers, Pat has been involved in developing a writing curriculum with early year’s teachers and an award-winning video, “To Do The Same Thing.”

As an author, Pat self-published The Other “R” in Education: Relationships in 2014 and this fall, 2016 published Relationships Make The Difference for Pembroke Publishers.

A Page Out of Empty Cup

In October, 2016, my friend and fellow author, Gabriele Goldstone, handed me a clipping from the Winnipeg Free Press, Miss Lonelyhearts advice column. Sometimes fiction is close to truth. My main character, Raven, can’t defend herself against her mom’s creepy boyfriend. I hope this girl took Maureen Scurfield’s advice to move in with her dad before it was too late.

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