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Month: April 2013

C25K Start and a Fat Man’s Runner’s High

A few years back I got into running. I even ran (with a lot of walking) a half marathon, though technically I never finished — at 95 degrees they shut down the timer before I crossed the finish line.

Flash forward a few years and I can’t even run 60 seconds, so I’m starting all over and doing the couch to 5K program. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a great way to slowly ease into running by alternating running and walking until you build up to 3.1 miles. Last night I finally went to the health club and hopped on the treadmill. I’m taking it pretty easy and will probably add a few weeks to the 9 week program. That’s the great thing about C25K, you can change it up, add weeks, go faster if you like. I want to do everything I can to avoid the shin splints and plantar fasciitis that crept up on me before.

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Juice Fast – A 24-hour guide to feeling like a starving, murderous psychopath

Alternative title #1: How to NOT do a juice fast

Alternative title #2: Will juicing cure all my disease? Man says, “I’d rather die.”

Alternative title #3: Big Macs and Cheese Pizza Dreams: How juicing made one vegan want to personally kill and eat a cow

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Author Flashback – Patrick Rothfuss (Part 2)

The rest of the my 2007 interview with Patrick Rothfuss — before he published his first novel, The Name of the Wind — where he discusses the joys of getting published, blogging, reaching out to fans, and what he learned from reading between five and ten thousand fantasy books.

Here is part 1 of the interview.

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Author Flashback – Patrick Rothfuss Before Becoming a Bestseller

In 2007 I was a young journalism student writing for The Pointer, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point student newspaper. Alongside my articles ran a hilarious, satirical advice column by soon-to-be bestselling fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss. At the time he hadn’t yet released his first book, The Name of the Wind, and the second installment, The Wise Man’s Fear, was still years away from debuting #1 on the NY Times fantasy bestseller list.

I’d never met him, but I’d heard tales of his English 101 class and his epic beard. When I heard one of our own was set to publish a novel, I set up an interview and brought my tape recorder. We met at an old coffee house which has long since closed up shop. The story for the paper would only be a few hundred words, but he talked for half an hour.

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Confessions of a “Moderate Binge Eater”

I’m a 23 on the Binge Eating Scale. Right smack dab in the middle of “indicating moderate binge eating.” Score one for me. I thought I’d be worse. Not that I much trust self-assessment tests like these, but it’s an interesting little experiment. There was a time in my life where I think I’d have scored much higher.

For the normal people — those who don’t struggle with food — all the yo-yo dieters out there must be fascinating to watch. I’ve witnessed people on an all-liquid diet, nothing-but-fruit diet, pound-of-hamburger-a-day-diet, and only-eat-egg diet. I’ve seen counting calories and running 8 miles a day do wonders, only to watch that person, or myself, go on a three-month binge of McDonald’s and put on all the weight again.

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Battle Over Rhino Horn, 99 Percent Vegans, and Mike Tyson’s 100 Pound Vegan Loss

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

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I’m a Writer

That’s it. It’s done. I’m a writer now. Sure, I’ve written on and off for years. I’ve even made money doing so, but I’ve never been a writer. I was always just been someone who writes. Now I am a writer. I don’t have a choice.

It’s amazing what stepping down from $40,000 a year can do for motivation. I still have another job, but all that work amounts to a whole $18,500 a year. Try living on that and paying off student loans and car loans and rent and all the other things necessary to simply live life. I guess a better way to say it is that I now have to write; therefore, I am a writer. There’s no deciding I don’t feel like it and not writing for a month. I have to write, or I can’t eat.

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Roger Ebert – In His Own Words

There may be no single author I’ve enjoyed reading more than Roger Ebert. When I was younger I’d wait by my computer every Thursday night for his reviews to go live. I’d read of upcoming movies and the art of film and the poetry of his words made me want to become a writer. When I learned he had a blog I quickly devoured every post I could find.

His nonfiction was lyrical and poignant and changed my mind of what an essay could be — from a boring high school assignment to words that could make one laugh, think or examine their life. It was no wonder he ran one of the most popular and respected blogs on the internet. It was no wonder he won a Pulitzer Prize.

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Guinea Pigs for Dinner, UW-Madison Cat Abuse, Fake Ticks and other Vegans News

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

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