If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.


Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," just published, will appear in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Oh, Your Aching Head/Neck/Shoulders

By guest blogger Pamela DuMond

Hey there, Writers Who Kill:

I’m guest-posting today for a specific reason: I’m not only a writer, but a practicing chiropractor and cranio-sacral therapist for over 25 years. This post isn’t about the emotional or craft aspects of writing. It’s about the physical aches and pains that we writers tend to experience due to our weird postures from hunching over computers and sitting a lot.

I encourage you to consult with your Physician before attempting any new exercise program.

I can’t give you all the stretches and exercises for every achy body part in one post. Let’s do a couple of stretches for your crabby neck, and a basic spinal stretch. If you like these self-help tips, we can do some techniques for tired wrists next time.

Hanging out at a computer for hours a day will wreak havoc on one’s neck. Symptoms range from muscle pain and soreness, stiffness, decreased range-of-motion, and increased headaches. Down the line, say hello to degeneration and arthritis. Not a fun prediction. So no matter what your age, start stretching your neck and shoulders, now.

Neck-Shoulder-Arm-Wrist Stretch, as modeled by the lovely and talented Celia Aurora de Blas, Actress and Yoga Nidra teacher




First, wash your hands so you don’t leave any greasy fingerprints on your wall. Find a wall that isn’t filled with pictures, or cork boards filled with story ideas. Bring your right arm to the right side, relatively in line with your right shoulder. Place you palm on the wall. Position your palm so that it is in line with your elbow and shoulder. Fingers point towards the ceiling. Keep a soft bend in your elbow. Now gently lean your left ear towards your left shoulder. You should feel a mild stretch in your neck as well as through your arm into your wrist and even your hand. Hold. Breathe. Breathe some more. Repeat on the other side.

Throat Stretch, as modeled by Doctor Pamela herself.

Often people will get their neck worked on by their PT or chiropractor, only to have all their pain return quickly. When this happens there is usually muscle spasm/tightness in the front of one’s neck, as well as in the back. Here’s a stretch to help that.


Cross your hands over each other on top of your sternum, aka breastbone. Gently traction down towards your feet. Now lean your head and neck back. Hold this stretch. Breathe. You should feel it in the front of your throat. Stop if this makes you dizzy. Do not jackknife your neck backwards and do not collapse the back of your head onto your upper back. That will only tweak your neck. Just lean your head backwards.

Spinal TwistBasic, as modeled by Napolean, the most gorgeous Maine Coon cat evah.



Oh, the healing benefits of spinal twists. Throw in a little Botox, some chocolate, a glass of wine, Viggo Mortenson naked, and you’ve got the recipe for the fountain of youth. Our model here demonstrates that basically you twist your lower body/hips to the left, and counter twist your torso to the right. Follow up this posture by extending your right arm up alongside your ear and gently turning your head to the right. Breathe. Breathe some more. Now, repeat on the opposite side.

Post any questions, or observations.

It’s been an honor to be of service to Writers Who Kill.

Best,

Pamela DuMond, D.C.

After years of writing, 8,000 writing classes, 80,000 re-writes, three agents and 5000 rejections, Pamela DuMond’s debut novel Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys will be published by Krill Press, Fall, 2010. She wants to make you laugh. Her new website, Pamela.DuMond.com, will be up and running on September 10. Feel free to Facebook her.

11 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Thanks, I needed that. I've found if I don't stretch daily I'll get headaches from tight shoulder and neck muscles. Your stretches added some variation that will certainly help keep me loose.

My golden retriever does an excellent spinal stretch as well, and she adds an element I'm too inhibited to emulate: she groans with pleasure.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

Hey Pamela,

Good advice! I try and get to the gym three times a week to get aerobic action, pump a little iron and stretch. Of all the exercises, stretching is the worst, but I do it because it counters the tightning resulting from the other activities I do, including writing. I looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for blogging for us.

Carolyn J. Rose said...

I'm a water aerobics addict and find that offsets hours of sitting at the computer. Walking and gardening also help, and so do those repetitive arm curls involved in lifting an adult beverage to the lips.

Ramona said...

Thanks for being our guest, Doctor Pamela. These stretches are great, with or without the groans of pleasure.

Can't wait to see Cupcakes in print!

Pamela DuMond, D.C. said...

Thanks Jim. Glad to help. Your golden probably has that spinal stretch down pat. E.B. - keep pumping iron! It's so good for you. Just add a few stretches. I've been slacking on the cardio, good for you! Carolyn - I'm dying to try water aerobics. Tx, Ramona for letting me guest blog today.

Can't wait for you all to read Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys!

xo,

Ricky Bush said...

Thanks a bunch. I just put these stretches and pulls to work--and they work. I'll pass on the naked Viggo part, though.

Julie D said...

Great advice from not only a terrific writer but a great bender and shaper as well. Pammy, you've mended me good a time or two. Good post, gal!

Pauline Alldred said...

Thanks, you offer stretches I can do between chapters. I purchased Peggy Cappy's Easy Yoga for Arthritis. I thought it would be easy but my muscles had to work!

Pamela DuMond, D.C. said...

Pauline - that arthritis yoga dvd sounds fantastic. Tx, Julie D! Ricky if you're passing on Viggo, I get second helpings. Just saying. Thanks all! xo,

Pamela DuMond, D.C. said...

Good lordie. I almost forgot to mention that the lovely model for that neck-shoulder-wrist stretch, C Aurora deBlas, will be playing the lead character, "Annie', in the book trailer for Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys.

Thanks Aurora!

LA said...

Love, as always. Good stuff.