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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm feeling a little stressed right now (okay, massively stressed) and have decided to cheer myself up by having a contest!

I've got a signed copy of Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey *and* a signed copy of The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell to give away.

For your chance to win both books, all you need is a US mailing addy and:

--Leave a comment telling me what YOUR favorite way to de-stress is by this Friday, September 24th, at midnight EST

Oh, and don't forget to make sure you leave a way for me to contact you--the winner will be whoever leaves a de-stresser suggestion that sounds like it will work for me, and that person will get both of the books!

I also, as always, have a few links to share:

John Scalzi on finding the time to write (and excuses not to)

From Genreality, a Quick and Dirty Guide to Structure

Pimp My Novel on Banned Book Week -- this year, Living Dead Girl made the list, and, right now, Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak is under attack for being "pornographic" (Just typing that makes my head spin--how can anyone say that about Speak?)

Writer Unboxed on avoiding career self-sabotage

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on what "platform" means for writers--"A "platform" may be comprised of an Internet or media presence, a very strong reputation in a particular field, a TV show, affiliation with a popular brand, a connection to a popular writing collective, celebrity status, or ownership of the world's largest soapbox. When it comes to platform: publishers want authors to have it, especially for nonfiction, and it doesn't hurt for fiction either. "


Blogger Erin said...

The best way for me to destress is to do something that makes me happy. For instance, this time of year I love to take walks in different parts of my city to see all the changes in the scenery. I usually pack along some hot tea or hot cocoa.

Hope you find something that works. Being stressed is no fun.


September 21, 2010 10:13 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

My best way to de-stress is to turn on my ipod, raise the volume, and just dance around my room. I don't allow myself to worry about anything, and just let myself have fun for once. I actaully have to do this a lot because of all my AP classes.

I hope you are able to find a way to de-stress as well.


September 21, 2010 10:23 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

The best way for me to de-stress on a friday night, is have a nice shower, a glass of wine, curl up my couch and watch some friday nite tv.



September 21, 2010 11:02 AM  
Blogger jpetroroy said...

My favorite way to de-stress is to curl up on my couch with my kitties and and a good book.

September 21, 2010 11:41 AM  
Blogger Camilla45242 said...

My favorite way to destress is to settle down on my lounge chair with a romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate.

September 21, 2010 2:35 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

My favorite way to de-stress is enjoying the little things in life-stopping to go outside and blow bubbles or enjoying the weather when the sun is shining!!


September 21, 2010 7:58 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Okay, this might sound silly, but it works for me. I de-stress by coloring in a coloring book. Concentrating on coloring in the denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood always clears my mind, which helps me relax.


September 21, 2010 9:26 PM  
OpenID kathleenliz said...

I make lists. Not necissarily a list of important things, or a list of something that I need to do. I just create a list of something completely random and fun like my top ten favorite candy logos, the seven saddest television moments, rank the Brat Pack, etc. And then I make a blog post with pictures and stuff out of my list and sometimes I post it and sometimes I don't, but by the time I'm done I'm generally pretty relaxed.


September 22, 2010 1:49 AM  
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September 22, 2010 10:30 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Reading a good book always helps, but I personally love to go to a nice little restaurant and just people watch. Concentrating on what other people are doing and guessing what they're thinking, feeling, etc is a great way for me to stop thinking about myself and my problems. Plus you get a good meal out of it!


September 22, 2010 10:31 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

My favorite thing to do when I'm stressed is bake fun-fetti cookies, pour myself a huge glass of milk or some other delicious drink. Then go to my room with yummy, yummy treats, get in a hot bath with an amazing book, and just soak and sink into another world to forget my own for a little while.

September 22, 2010 11:47 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

BEst way to destress for me is to get outside and do something. My personal favorite is to head to the barn and take my horse for a trail ride, but if I can't get there, a hike in the woods or down by the river will do the trick! Of course, I always bring my camera and take pictures too :)

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September 22, 2010 11:55 AM  
Blogger Samanthajo_322 said...

My best way to de-stress is to listen to some music (guilty-pleasures preferably) and dance it out. I concentrate only on the music so that I can't even think about the things that are stressing me out.

Hope it helps!



September 22, 2010 3:35 PM  
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September 22, 2010 11:12 PM  
Blogger mrsheisefpms said...

My best way to destress is to get a massage or go to a spa and just relax with a good friend.

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September 22, 2010 11:13 PM  
Blogger WindyA said...

One of my favorite destress methods: going to the zoo. You get to be outside and be "away" without really being "away" and here in Utah, there's a baby elephant and tiger cubs at the zoo. It's nice to sit down and watch them just play for a while. It's like destressing via distant-osmosis. ;)

Good luck to you on destressing!

September 23, 2010 11:13 AM  
Blogger I am lying said...

I would either read my favorite book or listen to music. If I wasn't that stressed then I would go for a run.


September 23, 2010 8:33 PM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

my favorite way to de-stress is to take a nap... or to just sit in the dark somewhere... or at the end of the day on my way home from work, crank the music loud in the car and just sing along. =)


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September 24, 2010 12:11 AM  

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