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13 Facts About Color Therapy

Thursday Thirteen

I like color in my life, and if I’m ever feeling down, something colorful always cheers me up. Some people swear by color therapy, so I thought I’d do a little research into the subject.

Thirteen Facts About Color Therapy

1. Color therapists believe that each of the seven colors of the rainbow relate to a chakra in the human body.

2. Light moves in waves and each wave varies in length. Because each color has a different wave length, we humans can discern the range of colors.

3. The color therapist looks at a person’s health and their mood and treats the corresponding chakra. i.e. where the ailment is located.

4. The treatment can consist of colored lights, which are beamed onto the afflicted part of the body.

5. Or sometimes colored silks are worn instead of using the colored lights.

6. In 1958, US scientist Robert Gerard conducted a study and concluded that red stimulates and makes us anxious, while blue promotes calm.

7. He also showed that colour could affect the appetite, blood pressure and have a bearing on aggression.

8. Ancient Egyptian scrolls tell of using color therapy to cure various ailments. Also ancient Chinese texts have mentioned color therapy.

9. During the 20th century color therapy came into its own. The Swiss psychologist Dr Max Lüscher developed the Lüscher-Colour-Diagnostic test. The recipient selects eight coloured bottles in order of preference. The results are said to reveal your worries and their solution.

10. Color treatment is safe because it’s non evasive and is able to be used on any age group.

11. After a session, the recipients are said to feel empowered and full of life.

12. The long winters in the Northern hemisphere often make people feel depressed and the use of lights is a proven cure.

13. Darkness results in the production of melatonin which is conducive to healing and a long life. If the melatonin production does not cease with the introduction of light then lethargy and depression can occur.

Source: International Association of Color

While a part of me remains skeptical, the use of color and light does make my mood lift. I like wearing my bright red shoes or my turquoise moccasins, and I like getting outside into the daylight at least once a day. Staying indoors makes me start to feel antsy.

Have you tried color therapy? Does color lift your mood?

The Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans for Writers

Today my special guest Amy Denim is doing my Thursday Thirteen for me. I know—score! She’s here to tell us about business plans and her new release The Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans for Writers. Check out her easy 13 point plan below.

Oh, and Amy is giving away a copy of her book, so make sure you leave a comment below.

Welcome, Amy!

Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans by Amy Denim

Thirteen Questions to Build Yourself a Business Plan or The Thirteen Minute Business Plan

Have you thought about putting together a business plan? But, oh, it’s such a long and complicated process. Ugh. Why bother, when you could spend your valuable time writing. But, wait, what’s this? A guide to help authors write a business plan on coffee breaks?

Okay, so I find when things get boring and staid that some humor and creativity makes it all much more fun. And let’s admit that a traditional business plan is anything but fun. But having one can be an important part of taking control of your writing career. To get you started I’ve created a quick and easy set of questions that hit all the main parts of a plan and it really should only take you about a coffee break to complete it.

Okay, put your thinking cap/top hat/beanie with the helicopter rotor /tiara on. It’s time to think about what you really want from your writing career.

These questions are to get you started thinking about your goals, but don’t go crazy and spend hours making lists and/or daydreaming about your success as a writer, I want you to do these on a coffee break.

I call this the Coffee Break Business Plan. This is all about basic goals, which you can expand on to create a full-blown business plan, so spend only a few minutes thinking about each of these questions. Write a couple of sentences to answer them or make yourself a nice bullet-point list. If you’d like a template to print out to help you with this exercise, you can download one at www.coffeebreaksocialmedia.com/Books/Resources.

Grab a cup of coffee and a pen

Write down the answers to these questions.

1. How many books do you plan to write? In what genre?

2. What’s your projected word count?

3. When will you finish each project? Or, how much time will you need to complete each project? (Don’t forget to build in time for critiques, beta readers, editing, and all those other activities… besides actually writing the book.)

4. How will you publish these books? Traditionally, self-published, a hybrid approach?

5. If you’re self-publishing, what services will you need and how much will you spend on those?

6. Who is your competition? Who else writes books like yours?

7. How will you sell and market your books?

8. How much money will it cost you to publish and market? What services might you pay for to help you do that?

9. How much money do you plan to make, and when will you see that revenue?

10. When do you plan to achieve these goals?

11. What resources do you need (like a budget template, word count tracker, a reference book about business plans) to complete your plan?

12. When can you review your goals to see what you’ve accomplished and what you need to revise?

13. What rewards can you set up for yourself to say “Job well done!”

There you go. You just created a basic business plan. For real. Laminate that sucker and put it up big and pretty in front of your computer. Every time you sit down to write, take a look and focus on writing to achieve those goals. If the IRS comes knocking, you can wave it in their faces.

If you’d like assistance expanding your business plan I can help with that too. Leave a comment on the blog today, ask questions about business plans or anything else you’d like and one lucky commenter will win a copy my new book The Coffee Break Guide to Business Plans for Authors: The Step-By-Step Guide to Taking Control of Your Writing Career. But, if you can’t wait to win it, it’s available now on Amazon.

Amy DenimAmy Denim writes business books for writers and contemporary romance. She loves hot heroes (like chefs and cowboys) and curvy intelligent heroines (like chefs and cowgirls.)

She’s been a franchise sales coordinator, a lifeguard, a personal shopper, and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. But now she spends her days reading and writing at her local library or in her book cave.

Amy started out her writer’s life scared out of her wits because she didn’t have a business plan, hadn’t yet created an online platform, wasn’t on Twitter, didn’t have a Facebook fanpage and had never even heard of Goodreads. She just wrote books. So she spent a year becoming a publishing industry information fiend and now does consulting for creatives on how to use take control of their writing careers. She started Coffee Break Social Media to help writers and artists learn to use SM platforms effectively (without the scare tactics) but still have time to create. She believes business plans and social media can be every writer’s friend, sometimes they just need an introduction.

Visit Amy on her author website at www.AmyDenim.com or for tips and tricks on the writing business at www.coffeebreaksocialmedia.com.

Thirteen Facts About January

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When I was wondering about a topic for my thirteen this week, I started thinking about beginnings. January is the beginning of the year, and I thought that would make a great topic.

Thirteen Facts About The Month of January

1. January is named after the Roman god Janus, a god said to have two heads. He looks back to the last year and forward to the new one.

2. The birthstone for January is garnet, which is said to represent constancy.

3. The flower for January is carnation.

4. The stars signs of Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) and Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) fall in January.

5. A Northern hemisphere January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Southern hemisphere.

6. It’s national Thank You month.

7. Saxons sometimes called January the wolf month because hungry wolves would prowl towns searching for food during this month.

8. January is the only month when the North Pole is usually colder than the South pole.

9. January always begins on the same day as October, except during a leap year.

10. The polish word for January is Stycznia, which comes from the word joining. It joins the old year to the new one.

11. According to US census information, January is fairly popular as a girl’s name. It comes in at around 3200th most popular.

12. Originally the Roman calendar ran from March to December. Names for January and February were added later.

13. Mr Munro was born in January – on 8 January to be precise. The same day as Elvis, he likes to remind me.

Are you a fan of January?

Thirteen Food and Diet Snippets

Thursday Thirteen

I’m currently thinking “diet” after a cruising holiday in November and eating lots of Christmas treats. Hubby and I were reading The Fast Diet Recipe book by Mimi Spencer with Dr. Sarah Schenker and have decided to try several of the recipes during our mission to lose a few pounds.

Along with the recipes there are lots of nutrition tips. I thought I’d select some for this week’s TT

Thirteen Nutrition Snippets and Facts for Dieters

1. Almonds are a rich source of magnesium. You’ll get a third of your recommended daily amount by eating just ten almonds. It’s excellent for the nervous system.

2. Gram for gram, quail’s eggs have more iron than a chicken’s egg.

3. Asparagus is a rich source of folate, which is important for the production of healthy red blood cells.

4. Wild mushrooms often contain more selenium as they grow in mineral-rich soil.

5. Pork contains the zinc needed for a healthy immune system.

6. Pears are easy to digest and are one of the least allergenic foods around.

7. Scientific studies show that beetroot can help to lower blood pressure.

8. Avocados are a good source of antioxidant vitamin E, which is important for the immune system.

9. Kelp is an astonishing source of calcium – over a gram per 100 grams.

10. Nutmeg contains a substance called macelignan which can help protect teeth against caries.

11. There is growing evidence that cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels.

12. Celery is said to contain negative calories. One stick contains about 2 calories, but the energy cost of eating and digesting it outweighs this.

13. Studies show that soup increases satiation—and stops you over-eating.

Is anyone else joining me in a diet for the New Year? I’m working on celery sticks from Monday.

13 Types of Swimsuits

Thursday Thirteen

It’s summer here in New Zealand. The weather is hot and sunny, and it’s time to break out the swimsuits.

Thirteen Different Types of Swimwear

1. Bikini

2. Maillot

3. One piece

4. String bikini

5. Trunks

6. Wetsuit

7. Tank suit

8. Tankini

9. Burqini (covers entire body)

10. Speedos

11. Thongs

12. Jammer (worn by professional athletes and are like bicycle shorts)

13. Birthday suit (sorry – couldn’t resist)

I’m a bikini girl and these days I like boyshorts briefs and a tanktop. Very comfortable.

What type of swimwear do you favor?

The Chef’s Table

Thursday Thirteen

During our recent cruise we were lucky enough to dine at the Chef’s Table. My husband has always wanted to attend a chef’s table and was really excited when we were able to book our places.

Our dining experience started when we met the rest of the guests and donned white coats for our trip the ship’s galley. After washing our hands (they take hygiene very seriously) we were introduced to the Head chef and given glasses of French Champagne, which went nicely with our canapés.

After a quick galley visit we were escorted to our dining table and enjoyed lots of delicious food and wine.

Chefs Table_Chef

This is the chef and a shot of our table and fellow diners.

Thirteen Things on Our Chef’s Table Menu

1. Canapés: Ceviche of Chilean Sea Bass and Ginger

2. Foie Gras Terrine on Brioche, Stone Fruit Jam

3. Bistro Mini Quiche Provencale

4. Steamed New Potatoes with Sour Cream and Caviar

5. Entree: Porcini Mushroom Risotto

6. Strawberry and Cracked Pepper Sorbet

7. Main course: “Double Impact” Surf and Turf

8. Lobster Tail, Diver Scallops, Beef Filet Mignon and Lamb Rib Chops

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Chefs Table_Shelleys Meal

This is my dinner since I don’t eat meat. I had this huge fish steak. Very yummy!

9. Rosemary Juice, Lemon Butter Fondue, Mustard Hollandaise Sauce

10. Market Fresh Vegetables, Roasted Chateau Potato

11. Cheese: Potted Stilton with Port Wine and Walnut Bread

12. Dessert: White Chocolate Mousse with Mix Berries

Chefs Table_Dessert

13. Coffee or Tea with Homemade Amaretti and Biscotti

The dinner was delicious and hubby and I went for a walk afterwards!

Have you ever been to a chef’s table or a degustation dinner?

13 Quotes About Love

Thursday Thirteen

This week I’m talking about love.

Thirteen Quotes About Love

1. Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. ~ James Baldwin.

2. Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock. ~ John Barrymore.

3. What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. ~ Pearl Bailey.

4. Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole. ~ Samuel Richardson.

5. He gave me a look you could have poured on a waffle. ~ Ring Lardner.

6. Art is love. ~ William Holman Hunt.

7. What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork. ~ Pearl Bailey.

8. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world. ~ Muhammad Ali.

9. Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come. ~ Matt Groening.

10. Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. ~ James Joyce.

11. Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~ Erich Fromm.

12. Love is metaphysical gravity. ~ R. Buckminister Fuller.

13. Love affairs have always greatly interested me, but I do not greatly care for them in books or moving pictures. In a love affair, I wish to be the hero, with no audience present.

Source: Advanced Banter by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson

Which one is your favorite? Or do you have another quotation about love that you’d like to share?

13 Quotes About Ideas

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I’m about to start plotting a new book and my mind is spinning with ideas. Ideas are the inspiration for my 13 this week.

Thirteen Quotes About Ideas

1. The best ideas come to me when I polish shoes early in the morning. ~ Johannes Brahms

2. Why is it I get my best ideas in the morning while I’m shaving? ~ Albert Einstein

3. Two ideas are always needed: one to kill the other. ~ Georges Braque

4. No man can describe how an idea comes to him. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

5. Ideas come from space. ~ Thomas Edison

6. There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them. ~ George Orwell

7. Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen of them. ~ John Steinbeck

8. I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. ~ John Cage

9. Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. ~ Howard Aiken

10. An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. ~ Oscar Wilde

11. It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. ~ Aristotle

12. If the idea is not at first absurd, then there is no hope for it. ~ Albert Einstein

13. Queen Victoria was like a great paperweight that for half a century sat upon men’s minds, and when she was removed their ideas began to blow about the place quite haphazardly. ~ H.G. Wells

I get my best ideas when I’m walking our dog or while having a shower. I have particularly brilliant ideas while showering.

Where do you get your best ideas?

Source: Advanced Banter, The QI Book of Quotations by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

13 Teeth and Dentist Facts

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This week I had a long overdue visit to the dentist. Certainly inspiration for this week’s Thursday Thirteen.

Thirteen Things About Teeth and Dentists

1. Humans generally have two sets of teeth during their life time.

2. Baby teeth, which number 20.

3. Adult teeth, which number 32. (This includes wisdom teeth)

4. Not flossing means you missing cleaning around 35% of each tooth.

5. Long ago dentists used to advertise their profession by hanging strings of rotten teeth outside their premises.

6. Dentist began experimenting with implants back in the 18th century.

7. Teeth were taken from dead people and implanted into mouths of those who could afford to pay the required price.

8. A set of teeth cost up to 5 guineas. (Not sure how much this equates to these days)

9. Teeth donors sometimes passed on more than their teeth. Diseases such as syphilis and tuberculosis were also passed on from infected donors.

10. Back in 5000BC people thought tooth worms caused decay.

11. Drilling teeth isn’t a new thing. It’s said that ancient dentists were very efficient at drilling…without pain killing drugs. Ouch!

12. During the Middle Ages, monks usually acted as dentists.

13. In the early 1700s, dentistry came under doctoring, but by around 1750, dentists were a branch of their own.

I’m terrible when it comes to dentist visits. I have a healthy fear and I put off visits as long as I can. My visit this week was the first one in three years!

Do you fear the dentist?

Sources:

The History of Dentistry, Namibia Dentist Association

The Rotten Tooth: A Brief History of Dentistry

Thirteen Sandwich Fillings

Thursday Thirteen

When I went to school and later when I was working, I used to make my lunch every day. Sandwiches. There is nothing worse than boring sandwiches…well, maybe soggy sandwiches are worse. I tried to keep my lunches interesting, but alas there were days on end where I ate cheese and pickle between two slices of bread.

I was flicking through a cook book the other day and came across a list of interesting fillings for sandwiches.

Thirteen Filling for Sandwiches

1. Mashed avocado, a little lemon juice and sunflower seeds

2. Egg mayonnaise and cress or lettuce

3. Dahl with tomato and cucumber slices

4. Ham and mustard

5. Roast beef, horseradish sauce and salad

6. Cold omelette with celery pieces

7. Chocolate spread and mashed banana

8. Cream cheese and lightly crushed strawberries

9. Hummus, tomato and celery

10. Cheddar cheese, chutney and lettuce

11. Meatloaf and salad

12. Avocado and vegemite/marmite

13. Chopped dates mixed with lemon or orange juice, chopped brazil nuts and celery pieces

Did you or do you make packed lunches? What are your favorites?