By the Book: Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well

It’s October, and here on the eastern edge of the continent, that means changing leaves, frosty mornings, and earlier nights. The urge to cocoon is strong—but the season also offers amazing opportunities to be outside, a literal farmers’ market’s-worth of fresh, amazing produce, a deep desire to batch-cook soups and sauces, and, if we’re being honest, a to-do list as long as my arm.

We’re readying new books for publication this fall, getting our spring list in order, and dreaming of future projects to share with you, too. It can make for long days in the Propriometrics Press office—and it’s work that we love, so it’s easy to lose track of everything else while our noses are to the grindstone.

Which is why I’ve been making a few minutes every day to really think about the wisdom contained in one of the books we’re bringing out this fall. We published Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well on October 1, and authors Galina and Roland Denzel will hold a launch party for the book on October 15 in Orange County. We’re pretty excited about that. We worked hard on this book all year, and we’re pumped that it’s available now in stores and online. That part is all great. But one of the true perqs of this job is getting to dive deep into inspiring material every day. With Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well, it’s the four key chapters identified by the Denzels as the ones readers should start with: The Sunday Food Ritual, Tame Your Sugar Monster, Walk More Today, The Dynamic Office.

It’s fitting this book is published in October, a perfect time to fully explore what these lessons have to offer. That Sunday Food Ritual chapter is about finding the time—making the time—to commit to setting yourself up for healthy food success all week by spending an afternoon or evening doing some batch cooking. img_2701In the example the Denzels give, you make a simple slow cooker pork pot roast with vegetables, which gives you enough for Sunday night’s supper, and two more suppers later in the week. Just the words slow cooker pork pot roast make me want to hit the kitchen—and thinking about having three suppers done and dusted in one go fills me with glee. Chilly October nights seem like a perfect time to get into this habit.

And I’m ever mindful that the holidays are approaching, with all their sugary delights, so October also seems like a good time to find a way to tame my sugar monster. There’s an abundance of fresh fruit to be had—plums, peaches, apples, pears, there are even still strawberries in my farmers’ market most Saturdays, though I’m sure there can’t be many strawberry Saturdays left. img_2705I’ve been savoring that fresh fruit as it comes in, and doing my best to can and preserve as much as I am able for the long winter nights to come. And with the cooler temperatures here, both day and night, Galina’s advice to sip a sweet-tasting herbal tea like licorice or rooibos feels like exactly the right thing to do while I contemplate my relationship with sugar, and why I want to be in charge, rather than letting sugar run the show.

And then there is the glorious exhortation to Walk More Today. It is the constant entry on my to-do list. No matter how much I walk, I can always walk more. This morning I kept my regular weekly appointment with a couple other writers at the central branch of the public library, downtown. Then I walked part-way home with one of the writers, stopping in at our local bookstore on the way, and chatting about our work as we went. We split off in different directions and I loped along, drinking in the impossibly clear, impossibly blue October sky, the heartbreaking reds and yellows and oranges of autumn leaves, the feeling of the sunshine on my skin, the expressions on the faces of the people I passed as I walked, and the company of my own thoughts. img_3457I concentrated on my gait as best I could, and then I just let my attention wander. I thought about the project I’m writing, and about the work awaiting me in the Propriometrics Press office. I returned to my desk feeling refreshed and nourished by my time outside, spent walking.

Speaking of my desk! I loved Roland’s chapter on The Dynamic Office. When I had a full-time media job, I sat for years and years, until finally one day I rebelled against the sit-down culture and made my own stand-up desk. Then I stood for years and years. Then I quit that job, and came to work for Propriometrics and started doing my work sitting on the floor, or lying on the floor, or while walking to the store, or standing in the kitchen, or—well, you get the idea. I’d do my work wherever I could, in as many different positions as I could. But not everyone has that kind of flexibility (if you will). Maybe you have to sit at a desk, and if that’s the case, Roland offers ideas and advice to make your desk time more dynamic, and, importantly, to make your non-desk time more dynamic to counteract all that undynamic desk time! fullsizerenderHis advice to keep a log of your daily time spent sitting was also world-rocking. I thought I was pretty dynamic—but there are always more ways to move.

And on that note, it’s time for me to get up, stretch a little, maybe get a cup of licorice tea, and walk to the store to get some supplies for supper for tonight and beyond. Sometimes the Sunday Ritual is really the Wednesday ritual. But as the book says, it doesn’t matter when you do it, so long as you get it done!


Beyond the Book: Tips for Summer Homeschooling

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I know, right? Who wants to think about homeschooling when it’s hot as h-e-double-hockey-sticks? Turns out, you can help your kids cool off…and teach them a little something at the same time. Sneaky, huh? Our author Alison Bernhoft has been thinking about this. You can read Entropy Academy, her memoir of a homeschooling family, while the kids while away a hot afternoon with a little surreptitious science. Read more from Alison, below!

“Who goes out in the midday sun?
“Mad dogs and Englishmen”
This little couplet runs through my brain every year when the temperature in SoCal inches towards 100 and I recall the land of my birth. There, in the halcyon days before the climate went berserk and triple digits invading Buckingham Palace became almost commonplace, something quite extraordinary happened: pretty much any time the sun put in an appearance, no matter how brief, every piece of turf, no matter how minuscule, was instantly covered with sweating bodies roasting painful shades of reddish pink, slowly turning as if on an invisible communal spit. “Carpe solem” might be their motto: seize the sun.
Let us now leave my ex-countrymen, and turn instead to the suburban back yards of the US where the cry rings out, “I’m too hot, Mom, it’s too ho-o-t, Mom, MOM, I said, ITS TOO HOT!” (As if the current heatwave had been entirely mom’s idea . . .) Here are a few of my favorite things to do with hot, crotchety children:

  • Set the little ones loose to “paint” the driveway, the flowers, and each other with paint brushes and water.
  • Put two buckets of water on the grass (or any thirsty ground) with measuring cups, empty yogurt pots, plastic toys, and ping pong balls (hold them underwater and let go – whose will shoot highest into the air?)
  • Buy some cheap synthetic bath sponges, hold them underwater, then SPLOSH! Wettest game of catch EVER!
  • Give each child a 2-liter soda bottle full of water, and see who can empty theirs fastest. Is it quicker to twirl and shake the bottle or simply hold it still?
  • Teach them a little anatomy. Where does blood flow closest to the skin’s surface? Fill a bucket with cold water and give each child a wash cloth to dip in it. Have them slosh the wet cloths on various body parts – knees, shoulders, feet, the back of the neck, tummy . . . Eventually, help them notice that a wet cloth on the back of the neck is a dynamite cooler-offer. Why? Because blood flow to and from  the all-important head all passes through the neck, where veins lie close to the surface. Can they make an ice-filled sock cooler that will stay tied around their necks as the ice cubes melt in a delectable, icy trickle?
  • Think ahead: put containers of your own devising filled with water in the freezer overnight (just for fun, add a little oil to one and see what happens.) Melt them in the sun, in shade, in water. Which is fastest?
  • For a grand finale, have everyone dip their heads into the bucket, then SHAKE like a mad dog.
    But please, whatever you do, stay out of the midday sun!

Feel better—today!

EWMWLW-store-coverBehind the scenes here at Propriometrics Press we’ve been busy editing, proofing, designing, amending, editing some more, proofing some more, designing some more, proofing one more time and then finally sending off to press our forthcoming book Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well, by Roland and Galina Denzel. And amid all that proofing and editing and designing has been so much excitement about this book. The subtitle is 52 Ways to Feel Better in a Week, and it’s been so amazing to have this sneak peek opportunity. Despite the long hours we’ve been pulling getting this book ready to go, we’ve also found time to incorporate some of the Denzels’ lessons in our own daily lives—and we’re so totally super stoked that it’s time to give you a chance to do that, too! In other words…

We are pleased to announce the pre-sale of Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well! Click over to our pre-sale page for all the details. And note, we’re so excited about this book, we’ll pick up the shipping and handling on your order! And we’re offering four of the Denzels’ favorite lessons free when you order, and access to a free online course with Roland and Galina, starting next month. Don’t delay—feel better today!


Come work with us!

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Propriometrics Press is looking for a director of social media! We are a “practice what you publish” company so rather than hiring a large firm that represents many books full time, we’re looking for someone wanting to do a little part-time work throughout the course of their day, to organically represent the ideas and lifestyles featured in our books.

Conducting author interviews, writing occasional blog posts, monitoring the social media of our authors and building a relationship with their brands and ideas will make up the bulk of this 5-hour a week job. It’s important that you’re a writer with the ability to bring personality and verve to your posts. We want you to be the face of our social media! We are seeking someone who aspires to include graphics and visual features to such posts—bonus if you have an interest and ability in creating them!

Any expertise in publishing is valuable but not essential. What is essential is that you’re stoked on our titles, a hard worker, able to contribute fresh media ideas and not just execute to-do’s, and have a fluidity in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Being positive and funny goes a long way as well!

To apply, create three sample posts for our Twitter, Facebook, and IG (feel free to mock up images using any of our graphics or covers; we’re not looking for perfection, but your presentation and communication style. To that end, please do include links to your own personal social media—we’d love to see your style in action. If you want to include any other pertinent information in your email regarding your work history, please do! Job is a salaried position, $600/mo. Get in touch with us about this at info@propriometricspress.com


From the editor’s desk: Why publishers want you on social media

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Our editor-in-chief, Penelope Jackson, writes:

Your writing is flawless, your ideas are brilliant, your manuscript is clearly magnificent. What more could a publisher possibly want?

Well, a lot, actually. (Sorry.) There are many ways to impress a publisher, whether you are a seasoned author, a newly signed neophyte, or a writer still trying to land your first book deal. But one of the most straightforward ways you can make a good impression on us is to show that you can use social media, well and wisely.

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From the editor’s desk: Pitching to Publishers

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Our editor-in-chief, Penelope Jackson, writes:

 

I love working acquisitions, but I notice common issues with the submissions I receive. So below are a few tips on how to approach a publisher (such as us) with your brilliant idea. These ideas are pretty basic, and if you have not already considered each of these items on your own, then you are almost certainly not ready to pitch just yet.

1. Know your target audience.  Imagine who you want to read your book, and think of some ways you will be able to speak to this demographic—both in your writing and through marketing channels. Be well versed in books people in that demographic have likely already read that are similar to your project, and know inside and out how your book is different (see also: item 3). Show the publisher that you understand who must read your book.READ MORE


Off the Page with Propriometrics Press Authors: Alison Bernhoft

Meet the author of Entropy Academy: How to Succeed at Homeschooling Even if You Don’t Homeschool.

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How difficult was it to make the decision to homeschool?

When we started to homeschool way back in the 1980s, it was considered a pretty freaky thing to do. While I rather fancied myself as a rebel, I had to face facts: at stake was my son’s education, not to mention that of his siblings, and their future academic success. Was it a monster ego indulgence on my part to think that I could do better than professional, fully trained teachers?

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Off the Page with Propriometrics Press Authors: Galina and Roland Denzel

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Meet the authors of Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well: 52 Ways to Feel Better in a Week, forthcoming from Propriometics Press in Fall 2016

1. How did you two meet?

Roland: We first met online, on a fitness forum. We later connected via email and Skype, and then a few years later met in person at The Fitness Summit. It was love at first sight for me, and we hung out a lot that weekend. She didn’t know it was on purpose, but I deliberately missed my flight home to hang out with her for one more day.

Galina: What struck me was that Roland was as nice and open to communication in person as he was online. You rarely meet people whose online and in person presence matches. It was an instant friendship, like we had known each other forever!

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