Saturday, January 12, 2013

Growing and Shrinking in 2013 by Vonnie Davis

Making the leap from a technical writer to a romance author five years ago should have been easy. After all, I certainly knew how to craft a sentence. Sadly, what I didn't know was the craft of writing. I've been working hard ever since to catch up. And, boy oh boy, has there been a lot to learn. In these last five years I've written a book that will never see the light of day--for good reason, too. I've also secured an agent, have three full-length novels either published or waiting to release and four novellas contracted. I should be happy and I am--to a degree. I'm also eager to improve some more. There are just so many pesky weaknesses in my writing. Bad habits I can't seem to overcome. Like repetitive use of words or phrases, to name one. Oh, and there are so many more. Sigh, folks. Just sigh.

So one of my goals for 2013 is to grow as a writer.

I'm also the heaviest I've ever been. Glucose tests show I am pre-diabetic. I'd like to say I contacted this from Calvin, who has diabetes, and NOT from the candy, pies and pastas I consume. But Calvin's not having any of it and neither is my doctor. Drats! And it was such a lovely excuse, too. 
But I have to lose weight and build muscle mass. I promised Calvin I'd try my best. So, I'm pleased to announce our stationary bike and I are on intimate terms now. I'm adding a minute to my ride everyday.
The excersize I can handle. It's the food cravings that wear on me.
I haven't eaten garlic bread in nearly a year. Now that I'm trying to cut down on carbs, I'm craving it like a pregnant woman craves ice cream and pickles. What is it about diets that make us crave foods we normally don't eat? I want a foot-long from Subway, something I haven't had in six years. I want fried rice and donuts and coconut pie. Heck, even fruitcake sounds good right about now. Why do our bodies do this, I wonder? Someone, quick, wire my jaws shut!

Another goal for 2013 is to shrink as a person.

We've all heard the expression--I don't know if I'm coming or going. Well, I'll be struggling through 2012, not knowing if I'm growing or shrinking. But those are my goals. Tell me. What are yours?
Vonnie writes most sub-genres of romance. Her most recent release, Mona Lisa's Room is a romantic suspense set in Paris. Check out her website at


Margo Hoornstra said...

Vonnie, Dear, Vonnie,

I too am a weight loss junkie. More weight on than off most of the time, I'm afraid. As I've been told over and over again. Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. You'll get there.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

I hope so, Margo. I'm not the most disciplined, so it's easy for me to "forget" to ride the bike for a day or two.

Jannine Gallant said...

Get a dog. That's my weight loss advice. The dog stares at you and won't take no for an answer when you don't want to walk him/her in the rain. An exercise bike doesn't have those soulful eyes! When we were between dogs, I skipped walking plenty of days. Ginger won't let me do that. And the fresh air always clears my head and gives me my best writing ideas. I'm pulling for you. Best of luck with both your goals!

Unknown said...

Here's to a new and improved you, Vonnie! Sitting down writing all day is unhealthful anyway, but making yourself get up from typing a gripping story is about as hard as the exercise itself. My body hounds me when I haven't been working it enough by giving me aching knees, stiff neck, weak back and reduced stamina. If I could only use the same discipline I use to write and translate it to exercise...well writing IS more fun.
Congrats on all your hard work that has created so many good reads!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Oh, Jannine, I'd love a dog! But Calvin never grew up around pets and is uncomfortable around them. I'm lucky to have a cat. He won't touch it. Will not allow Jazzie up on his lap. Oh, he'll feed him and change his litter box, play the guitar for him and even amaze the spoiled cat with magic tricks, but he's not touching the cat. LOL Go figure.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

You're so right, Charmaine, writing is triple the fun of exercizing. There are so many storylines and characters in my mind clammoring to get out. I'm held prisoner by them. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

Alison Henderson said...

Excellent goals, Vonnie. My husband has lost 45 lbs. in the past 7 months because he was pre-diabetic, and his glucose has plunged. Cutting out carbs and sugar is REALLY hard at first, but it does get easier with time. (I had to diet along with him since I'm in charge of the food in this house. Coincidentally, I also lost 20 lbs.) Hang in there; you can do it!

Dixie Lee Brown said...

Vonnie, I see you as a take-charge strong independent woman who can do anything she sets her mind to. I think you've proved that with your publishing success. You can do this the same way. Don't try to make all the changes at once. Write this book one page at a time, just like your others. Good luck!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Yay for your husband, Alison. That's an awesome wright loss. Gee, I'd be thrilled with that. Tell him he's my hero. LOL

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

See, Dixie, that's why I love you. Thanks bunches...I'll recall your words whenever I'm tempted.