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Thursday, June 26, 2008

I've been taking yoga classes for a while now, in a--perhaps futile--effort to become the kind of person who can perform a simple stretch without saying things like "Wait, is my leg supposed to make that popping sound?"

I didn't think I'd like it much, but I do. Oh, I'm not very good at it, and don't think I'll ever be, but I find that things like actually having to focus on relaxing is hard.

I mean, when you think about it, relaxing doesn't *seem* hard. You sit, you do nothing. Done! But real relaxation--letting go of all the things you're thinking (read: worrying) about, letting go of everything that's going on in your life and just *being*--has proven surprisingly hard for me. But I keep trying because those moments where my mind stops churning and I'm just....here, not thinking, but just present, are truly relaxing in a way I've never expereienced before.

Of course, I'm still the kind of girl who can come home from yoga class feeling vaguely smug (I managed not to fall over during any of the balance poses. I think I might be getting more graceful! And flexible! WHOO!) and whack herself in the head with the screen door. (So much for grace, eh?)

Before I head out to walk the dog (and yes, I'll watch out for the screen door!) I have some links to share:

An interesting post on second books and the "sophmore slump"

Justine Musk has a new writing essay up. Hurrah! I keep waiting for someone to snap up all her essays and publish them as a writing guide because they're just that good.(I mean, how can you not love this? "So I guess my point– assuming, of course, that there has been a point at all, which is kind of a lot to assume when you really think about it — is something about how the only way I can hope to stay in the game as a published writer is by, well…writing.")

Nathan Bransford wants to know how you feel about writers putting out a book a year--as both a reader and a writer. As you might expect, heaps of comments on this one.

Finally, I'm interviewed about Stealing Heaven over at the YA Authors Cafe.


Blogger Jae said...

Hey, long time no see! I'm going to be in DC at very end of July and if you're not busy & are around I'd love to see you.

June 26, 2008 5:32 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Where I used to live I attended a really cool yoga class. I used to love yoga and it helped me so much with lots of different things. I really need to get back into it.

The book discussion about one book a year is interesting. Thanks for the link! :-)

June 28, 2008 11:43 PM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

I've always wanted to try yoga, but alas I do not have the flexible gene. =)

~Lucy D =D

June 30, 2008 5:09 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Jae--I OWE YOU EMAIL!! Please feel free to cyber slap me if you don't hear from me soon, and I'd love to see you!

Kat, I thought the one book a year article was really interesting too.

And Lucy, I can totally relate! As someone who is neither coordinated nor flexible, yoga has actually helped with both! :-)

July 01, 2008 1:16 PM  

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