Indie Author Day 2 Wrap-Up – Thanks KCLS, PNWA and Indie Authors!

I love the library. They are such an invaluable resource in our community and KCLS (King County Library System) is the 13th largest in the nation! I’ve used them for books, audiobooks, CD’s, DVD’s, printing, research, community space, meetings, and more! Indie Author Day is another wonderful program put on by the library and I was happy to have a booth and the opportunity to speak about my experiences as an Indie Author in my own presentation!

Thanks to PNWA for sponsoring the snacks table and for all the wonderful information they provided for authors and participants.

At 11, Jenni Conner and D.V. Berkom discussed Conception without Deception: The Birth of Your Story Without the Pitfalls. At noon, Pam Stucky confronted a common challenge in Fear, Failure, and the Fallacy of Writer’s Block: Getting Out of Your Own Way. At 1, Rachel Barnard talked about how to celebrate a new book in New Book Release Checklist: Planning a Fun and Inviting Launch. Did you miss the panels? Here is the link to my downloadable pdf of the book release checklist.

In addition to the presentations, twenty authors were in attendance to share their books, their self-publishing or indie publishing experiences, and their tips and tricks for marketing and promotion. Authors and editors who attended included Kristin AlanaRachel BarnardD.V. BerkomPam BinderTom BlaschkoD.K. CassidyJennifer Connor, Nicanor Garcia, Josephine HaoSara Lynn HoytSheleen NaparM.E. PalmerDeborah SchneiderPam StuckyMichel Visger, Marcus Ward, and David Workman.

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Local Event Alert! Indie Author Day in Issaquah, WA

Indie Author Day
Saturday, October 14, 2017 (10:00AM – 3:00PM)
Service Center – 960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah WA 98027

Join us for the second annual Indie Author Day, a celebration of self-published and independently published books and authors! Meet local indie authors, attend presentations, and workshops, and learn more about what KCLS offers for self-published authors and the readers who love them.

Authors and editors include Kristin Alana, Rachel Barnard, D.V. Berkom, Pam Binder, Tom Blaschko, D.K. Cassidy, Jennifer Connor, Nicanor Garcia, Josephine Hao, Sara Lynn Hoyt, Sheleen Napar, M.E. Palmer, Deborah Schneider, Pam Stucky, Michel Visger, Marcus Ward, David Workman.

Presentations will cover overcoming writer’s block, marketing your book, and planning a successful book launch (aaaah the one I’m presenting!)

Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

Readerfest! Aftermath of my first Seattle event with FVP!

A different setup for a different event! I really liked our featured book area.

Tables and chairs (and tablecloths) were provided. The two food trucks, though they were only around until 3pm or so, were interesting and cool choices. Panels and music entertained people throughout the event. The collection of authors was diverse.

I debuted my semi-finished coloring book (just going to color in more of the cover) for the first time at an event. Sales were on the smaller side, but this first year of Readerfest was well-stocked with vendors and panels and looks to be bigger next year.

Thank goodness parking was a cinch and maps led us straight to the brig! They even had some wonderful helpers and gave us waters! Thanks, Readerfest and hope to see you all next year!

Bubble Run 5k and RunDouble Couch to 5k App Review! Running Goals Wrapup

Before the race: I had signed us up for the Bubble Run in Everett, knowing it would take place on the very last day I planned to run for my couch to 5k app (a 9-week training app).

 

During the race: We ran and weaved and dodged around the bubble foam and the walkers to clock in around 9:30 for this “official” 5k. Overall we had fun, but I won’t be doing it again. When asked about parking for this event, the volunteer at race packet pickup the day before told me, “get here an hour to an hour and a half early and pray.” We took my Miata and found a discarded squeeze of a spot a couple blocks away without trouble. Yay Paul for parallel parking so well. The event was packed! I’m not fond of crowds and would prefer to run a 5k without this many people. If you’re looking to run the entire time, this is not the event for you. Bottlenecks slowed us down at the four bubble stations throughout the course. It was fun to go through the bubble/foam machines, but I was trying to run the event in less than 30 minutes, so this made it quite the challenge. This run also included two slow hills. It was cool to run out halfway and then back – so you knew when you were halfway and could run alongside those making their way back (the other side of the street).

 

The training before:

Total distance ran: 64.2 miles

Total time spent running: 707 minutes (11.78 hrs) with an average 10.52/mile pace)

Fastest mile: 9:26

Slowest mile: 13:50

5k official time: 29:30

Mile before training: 11:02

Mile after training: 9:26 (16% faster!)

The full stats:

Date

Distance

Time – M

Time – S

mile time

4/10/2016

Running

1

13

50

13:50

4/23/2016

Running

1

11

 2

11:02

6/16/2017

Running

1

10

 48

10:48

6/27/2017

C25k

1.56

18

 30

11:51

6/29/2017

C25K

1.67

18

 30

11:04

7/1/2017

C25K

1.77

18

 28

10:25

7/4/2017

C25K

1.68

18

 57

11:16

7/6/2017

C25K

1.7

19

 0

11:10

7/9/2017

C25K

1.68

19

 0

11:18

7/11/2017

C25K

1.36

15

 0

11:01

7/13/2017

C25K

1.36

15

 0

11:01

7/15/2017

C25K

1.33

15

 0

11:16

7/17/2017

Running

1

10

 3

10:03

7/18/2017

C25K

1.96

21

30

10:58

7/20/2017

C25K

1.94

21

 30

11:04

7/22/2017

C25K

1.99

21

 30

10:48

7/25/2017

C25K

1.85

21

 0

11:21

7/26/2017

Everyday Athlete

2

20

 0

10:00

7/27/2017

C25K

1.86

21

 0

11:17

7/30/2017

C25K

1.9

20

 0

10:31

8/1/2017

C25K

2.03

24

 0

11:49

8/2/2017

Everyday Athlete

2

20

 0

10:00

8/3/2017

C25K

2.19

23

 0

10:30

8/6/2017

C25K

2.33

22

 0

9:26

8/8/2017

C25K

2.59

25

 0

9:39

8/9/2017

Everyday Athlete

2

20

 0

10:00

8/10/2017

C25K

2.24

25

 0

11:09

8/13/2017

C25K

2.65

25

 0

9:26

8/15/2017

C25K

2.89

28

 0

9:41

8/17/2017

C25K

2.84

28

 0

9:51

8/19/2017

C25K

2.95

28

 0

9:29

8/22/2017

C25K

2.78

30

 0

10:47

8/24/2017

C25K

 3.15

30

 0

 9:52

8/26/2017

Bubble Run 5k

3.1

29

 30

 9:52

I tried so hard on that 11:02 mile on 4/23/16. I don’t feel any different about running now that I’ve run over 50 miles and completed a consistent running program (RunDouble couch to 5k timed app), but the stats don’t lie. I can run continuously for over 3 miles! I can run three consecutive under 10-minute miles. I couldn’t even reach a 10-minute mile when I started running.

Is running easier now? No way. Running is just more accessible (for endurance), i.e. I just got better at it. The first few steps during my longer run times were always as hard as my last few steps (unless I powered up the hill in my neighborhood, then I would start to wheeze).

Have I told you that I have asthma? I have exercise-induced asthma. You can hear it when I’ve pushed too far with the wheeze in my every breath as I attempt to breathe slowly and pull in enough oxygen. It presents itself only when I’m (going too fast up a hill – hiking, running too fast, biking too hard, doing anything difficult too fast or too forcefully). The definition of exercise-induced asthma, according to the Mayo Clinic, “Exercised-induced asthma is a narrowing of the airways in the lungs that is triggered by strenuous exercise. It causes shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and other symptoms during or after exercise.”

I don’t remember ever having asthma growing up. Apparently, a lot of people have this. Even with my inhaler (gotta go to a doctor and get a prescription and then hopefully you have insurance or else it’ll run you around $70 for the inhaler + the doc visit), I can’t push too hard. The inhaler helps so much, though.

When running without the inhaler, I get phlegm in my throat and my entire throat burns if it’s too cold out. It feels like torture and it doesn’t immediately go away if I stop moving. For minutes after I stop, the sensation of my throat being scraped with fire continues. I think it’s worse than eating hot peppers (which I avoid).

Training my body to run when I can’t breathe if I’ve pushed too much, is difficult. I don’t want to fall back on my ‘excuse,’ but I don’t want it to define my abilities when it comes to exercise or training. The asthma is real. I’ve had panic attacks when the asthma gets so bad. Imagine not being able to breath. It takes no time at all for your brain to realize that you need to breath to live. Ever drink out of a water fountain in a public place where the stream was so thin that you couldn’t get a full mouthful? And you just ran a marathon, so you’re super parched. That’s what trying to breathe with asthma is like.

I’ve never been much for endurance. Just ask my Dad. One of my fitness/running goals was to pass the FBI fitness test for ‘endurance’ and as you can see, it took me weeks to get there. To pass (as a female), I had to run 1.5 miles in under 14:00 minutes. Sounds easy, right? That’s better than a 10-minute mile. I don’t recall ever doing a 10-minute mile in my life until now. I was never a runner. But I passed the FBI fitness test!

I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of my body for pulling through for me. Will I continue running? Probably not consistently. I might join the Wednesday night running group in Kirkland. I might see how far I can run without stopping at my ‘maintenance’ pace (11-minute mile). I bet I could run for quite a while before getting too tired/breathless to continue.

I started the couch to 5k thinking, I’m not a runner and there’s no way I’ll be able to do this. I can’t run to my mailbox and back without getting winded. I can’t hike up a hill without getting asthma. Starting off with running for just 60 seconds was very doable. Letting myself run slow was key. I didn’t try to speed up my pace until the last two weeks of the app. That is where those 9.5-minute miles come in. If I can do it, you can do it.

Tips I learned from others and myself:

  1. Get yourself some good running shoes (Thanks New Balance for your perfectly ugly, yet perfectly comfortable running shoes for under $100)
  2. Get yourself some good running socks (I know, this sounds like a scam, but I never got chafing or other shoe-foot rubbing issues). I tried those colorful Balega socks. They were nice, but I prefer my New Balance socks.
  3. Get yourself a running belt.
  4. Earbuds are a hassle, but I liked to listen to my audiobooks while running. I got these and they work decently.
  5. Don’t try to go fast. A 5k for non-runners is an endurance test. You can speed up later. To start, go slow!
  6. It’s okay not to finish or to stop when you’re supposed to be running, but don’t SKIP! I took the advice of scheduling my run EVERY Tuesday and Thursday and then Saturday/Sunday depending on how my weekend was going. Never skip your weekday runs! The app told me I could repeat a week, but I was able to follow the course every time. It helped me to run a mile without stopping before the app ramped up to 8-minutes running without stopping. It gave me the confidence that I needed in order to follow the app and to know that I could run a mile without stopping.
  7. Keeping my ears warm, kept me from getting headaches. I got a lovely thick headband during FitFest in Redmond and absolutely love it!
  8. Protein! Don’t forget some protein post workout.
  9. Don’t forget to eat before you run! I liked to get a small carb before I ran (like half a banana or some oatmeal)
  10. Hydrate! I never brought water with me and I tried to drink at least 8 oz. before running and over 60 oz. that day if I had run and 16 oz. or more right after I ran.
  11. Stretching! Don’t forget those hammies! My PT told me to hold my touching my toes pose (actively) for at least 45 seconds every time I ran. Joining the Everyday Athlete running group was great for me because they showed me what they do for stretching before/after and a good warm up. My app never told me to stretch! I wish it did.

Because of how strongly I feel about accomplishing your goals, trying to challenge yourself, and running with asthma, I started writing a new novel based on my experiences!

And just because: The money I spent… $171.80 for 9 weeks of running and a 5k.

  1. Runner’s belt – $7.99
  2. Running shoes from New Balance with two pairs of running socks – $103.40
  3. Balega socks (1 pair) – $8.99
  4. headband – $5
  5. Earbuds – $13.99
  6. RunDouble app – $3.99 (totally worth it! The app lets you try out the first 2 weeks free)
  7. Bubble Run (single entry) – $28.44

Author Thursdays: Upcoming Event! (Everett, WA) with local authors and fresh paint!

Fresh Paint and Authors, oh my!

Come check out the event at Lombardi’s and have some snacks too.

Fresh Paint Art Show and Waterfront Book Festival all in one. Can’t be anything better. Several Writer Cooperative authors will be on the Walkway with our books and inside closer to the food.

Date: Saturday, August 19th

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Parking: Available in the front area of Lombardi’s and beyond as well as a large parking lot just before Lombardi’s if you’re heading north on Marine View Drive.

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Annual Book Party at Neverending Bookshop Aftermath!

What a fun party!

I had all my books, donuts, a coloring station, and new special donut soaps at my party! Thanks to Dreamy Suds for specially making those beautiful donut soaps! Check out photos from the event below. Remember my event from last year? Did you miss out this year? Come next year when all my donuts books will be available or see me at any upcoming event.

Photo taken by fellow author Stephanie Larkin

Photo taken with fellow author Stephanie Larkin

Debuting my new coloring books – I still have some adjustments to make on them

Thanks, Donna for giving me my cool blow up donut!

Donuts from Countryside – not the greatest donuts I’ve ever had

My lovely standup sign that Paul made for me

My entire setup

 

Wine & Words – A Fun Time

     

It was such fun to read from my new book “Seize the Donut” for the first time and to walk the audience through instructions on using chopsticks! Steven made me laugh with his short piece from the prompt of a funeral and jealousy. The cinnamon bun and stratta, as always, were very delicious.