01 February 2012

What's New? Wednesdays

For today's What's New? I'd like to discuss blogger appreciation.

I am a gym bunny. Going to the health club and seeing other gym bunnies working up a sweat inspires me. I push myself harder when I see them exercising until exhaustion. Even though I know I'll never be as strong as him, or have flat abs like her, I want to be the best version of me that I can be.

Consider yourself my fellow gym bunny. Whether you're writing a first draft, revising your WIP, querying, or marketing your latest novel, I am watching you. I'm learning from you. I'm envying your beautifully bound books and perfectly formed sentences. I'm cheering you on. I'm inspired to do better because of you.

Although I'm out of shape in some areas, and super strong in others, you motivate me to hit the keyboard and get my fingers in gear. When I'm feeling sore, your comments keep me writing. When I don't think I can go any further, you convince me I can. You make me believe I can achieve my goals. I appreciate YOU. *MWAH!*
Do you have a "gym bunny" motivating you to write?


Brinda said...

My gym bunnies would certainly be my fellow bloggers and my local writing group. The best motivators are those folks out there doing it with you!

Accidentalwriter said...

Hi Emily. I reckon we could refer to it as the blogogym. I love it because we all come in different shapes and sizes; different levels of fitness and some of us are new members while others have been bench-pressing for years. To read a particular post and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to see the result of an amazing workout....really inspires me to get back on the treadmill to discover what untapped energy levels are waiting to be accessed. One of my main goals is to feel connected; and to date my experience with the blogogym has exceeded all of my expectations in relation to this. Best wishes. Jeff

Kelley said...

This is a super idea. I like going to the gym too. Our own little gym blogosphere :)

Tracey J said...

You guys are my gym bunnies. You motivate me to keep writing even when I'm at my lowest. The online writing community rules. :)

Kyra Lennon said...

YES! I feel the same way when I read blogs. Even if the post isn't necessarily about lessons, the way the words are formed on the page inspire me to be better, and to keep on improving. :D

J. A. Bennett said...

You have inspired me, as well as so many other bloggers. Sometimes I feel dreadfully behind, but I know hard work can get me to my goals.

Ruth Josse said...

Oh yes and you are one of them!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Great post, Emily! Love the pix, too. :)

Meredith said...

Ha, yay! I've always aspired to be a gym bunny. :) Perfect analogy!

David P. King said...

I don't think I have bunnies of any kind. Well, maybe. Better check the closet, just to be sure. :)

Emily R. King said...

Brinda, it's like having a running team, only with writers.

Accidentalwriter, you could have written this post!

Kelley, the blogosphere really does help me stay motivated.

Tracey, just when you think you can't write another word, someone convinces you that you can. Gotta love it!

Kyra, I agree! Just reading other blogs is inspiring.

J.A., aww. I'm blushing!

Ruth, the feeling is mutual.

Madeline, isn't the bunny cute? He can lift those dumbbells without breaking a sweat.

Meredith, you could still be one!

David, have you checked under your bed?

Rebecca Belliston said...

Not in the gym ;) but in the writing world, I have hundreds. Well, maybe not hundreds, but dozens at least. Love the picture btw.

Jessie Humphries said...

This is such a cute analogy. I can totally see you working out like a bunny in my mind. I love working out too, but I don't have nearly as much support in the gym than I do in the writing world.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife would be my biggest motivator followed by everyone here online.

Melissa Sugar said...

What an inspirational post. I love it and I love the comment about calling it the blogoym. Now, I feel like I need to get to the real gym after reading how hard you push youself,LOL.

Carrie Butler said...

Perfect analogy, Empress King! You know, it does kind of smell like sweat and inspiration in the blogosphere today. ;)

Joanne said...

The blogs are such a great community, with inspiration at every turn, in some way, in some phrase and idea and motivating post. Cheers to the blogs :)

Iain said...

I’m probably inspiring you to not do it like me, and to do it properly instead ;o)

Emily R. King said...

Rebecca, I have many "gym bunnies" in the writing world, and I'm adding people every day.

Jessie, did you picture me bouncing up and down on a treadmill? It's fitting because I'm pregnant... just like most bunnies. Ha!

Alex, awwwwww.

Melissa, just push yourself as a writer. I don't expect you to get into shape for me, too. : )

Carrie, you smell that, too? I thought I just needed a shower.

Joanne, cheers!

Oh, Iain. How I do adore your sense of humor. You are AMAZING!

Morgan said...

Ohhhh... I love this!

I would've stopped writing long ago if it weren't for my "gym bunnies" ... Truth. Having someone(s) in your corner is essential. It's sanity.

Great post :D

Julius Cicero said...

Interesting analogy. I'd say my main motivators are my kids. I love their input and outlook on life.

The Golden Eagle said...

The blogosphere. It's impossible to read blogs without coming across some writer's efforts to finish a WIP or complete edits or publish--and that's inspiring. :)

Tasha Seegmiller said...

All the people in blogland are my motivators. And none of them have silicone anything so it gives me hope that what they have is actually achievable. The same can't be said for the people at the gym though...

ladonna watkins said...

Aw, what a great post. I go to the gym as well. And i do get motivated when I see someone working hard.

The same goes with writing, so thanks for sharing as I've learned a lot from you.

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm inspired my blogs as well as by the Twitter #amwriting hashtag, and the tweeters who use it. My bunnies keep me on my toes (or in my seat) writing.

Christa said...

I love the gym bunny. I wish it would get me on the treadmill more often!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

That is a really cute bunny picture! I agree - the people I have met by blogging are some of the most supportive and kind people. Yay for bloggers!

Leigh Covington said...

Oh my gosh - Apparently I am super emotional today, but this is awesome Em. I needed it today. You are my gym bunny too!

Emily R. King said...

Morgan, our peeps keep us grounded, don't they?

Julius, that makes you the best dad ever. Just so you know. : )

Golden Eagle, exactly!

Tasha, ha! Silicone!

Ladonna, aww. Really? I hope you learned more of what to do than what NOT to do. : )

Medeia, that's your hashtag? Awesome!

Christa, we could workout together!

Lara, yay for us!

Leigh, I'm always here for you. I hope tomorrow is a better day!

Lan said...

You've said everything I would want to say to my fellow writer/blogger friends in a much better way than I would have done. It's so great to be able to watch and learn and share. All without actually having to go to the gym :P

Deana said...

And we appreciate you too Em! You are awesome and inspire me daily:)

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks for cheering me on! I need the encouragement as life likes to try and beat us down sometimes. And hopefully people in Blogdom will take away something from me too that helps them along their personal path.

Nancy said...

Seeing someone getting sweaty doesn't inspire me as much as the final product (probably because even though I do it for health I hate exercise). However, sweaty bloggers, well that's a different story and there's no funky smell.

Nancy said...

sweaty gym folk don't inspire me but sweaty bloggers are a different story without the funky smell. Hope this doesn't publish twice because the first time I commented it seemed to disappear (user error no doubt). If it does my apologies.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I need to be more of a gym bunny so that I can wear pretty clothes.

Mark Noce said...

I suppose my CPs act like my writing "gym" buddies. Although I prefer to workout at home, I like the analogy:)

Jolene Perry said...

I totally use my writer friends for this. I'm lucky in that I crit for a lot of talented people, and it really pushes me to keep improving.

Carol Kilgore said...

Yes! And what a great inspiring post. All my blogger buddies, writing friends, and CPs. And the authors of all the books I read, too.

Can you tell I need lotz o' bunnies?

M Pax said...

I just pulled a muscle in my back during my workout, so am hoping the Advil kicks in soon.

Watching others is motivating. It'd be wonderful to see every writer succeed.

Emily R. King said...

Lan, all without having to get out of our chairs!

Deana, aw. Thanks, Deana.

Stephen, life does tend to beat us down, doesn't it? I'm glad I perked you up.

Nancy, I don't particularly like exercise either. The "finished" feeling is nice, though.

Michael, I need to make more money so I can wear nicer clothes.

Mark, not everyone can be a gym bunny. : )

Jolene, critiquing is a great way to find inspiration.

Carol, yeah! No kidding.

M Pax, ouch! Here's hoping the Advil kicks in soon.

Julie said...

Awh! Love this post!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Gotta love that gym bunny! I'd seriously like to see him (or is it a her) lifting those.

Lovely post.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I so agree! My gym bunny is totally you guys.

And my hubby. He's always kept me motivated.

tfwalsh said...

Firstly... the bunny is so cute:) Secondly, I'll glady be your gym buddy - I need one too:)

Bee said...

Gym bunnies? That would be my blogstars.
All you guys are such motivators where blogging, writing and even reading is concerned. Seriously.

Jay Noel said...

I have dust bunnies. They're everywhere.

My biggest "gym bunny" is a good deadline. When my publisher says, "I need it by ___," I'm reading to get hoppin'.

Emily R. King said...

Julie, thanks a bunch!

Donna, I think it's a her. If it were a him, he'd be on steroids.

Peggy, I agree. My hubby is my life gym bunny!

Tania, I can always use more inspiration. : )

Bee, blogstars has a much better ring to it than gym bunnies. Ha!

Jay, deadlines are a great motivator!

Juliemybird said...

I love this! Totally adding it to my blogging/writing vocabulary. :)

L.A Speedwing said...

Nice inspiring post. Isn't it nice to inspire and be inspired? Indeed Emily you are an inspiration to a lot of us, well to me anyway.

Romance Book Haven said...

This is a super amazing idea and a great post!

Trisha said...

Part of me wishes I was a gym bunny...but I'm just not. The gym bores the crap out of me. haha. I'd rather go to a yoga class and take walks on the beach. So that's what I do!

But I loved this post anyway, and it's a great thought!

Leslie Rose said...

Okay, the bunny w/weight pic made me spit up my coffee. Luckily I aimed away from the keyboard. I really like the gym bunny philosophy. It's good to know good writing Karma is swirling around all of us.

Emily R. King said...

Julie, thanks!

L.A., aww, that's so sweet.

RBH, I'm glad you liked it.

Trisha, I wish I could be an outside exerciser, but I get cold. I practice yoga at home.

Leslie, isn't the bunny cute? She could totally take me down. : )

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