M. Ravenel
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Networking and Staying Active

This blog post is a participant of The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news. This post recaps the past week, showcases books and things I have received, and shares news about what is coming up for the week on my blog.

It was another adventurous and productive week. My printed ARCs finally arrived, and I mailed them out to reviewers. I pretty much took an entire day off writing to get some other admin stuff done.

This week, I was accepted into the Crime Writers of Color group! This is an amazing group of authors of color who have been very welcoming and helpful in my publishing journey. Acclaimed authors like Walter Mosley, Kellye Garrett, and Tori Eldridge are just some examples of this group’s membership. I have been absolutely awestruck and humbled by the calibre of wisdom and experience from the authors in this group.

I took a visit to the Peloton store to try out their bikes. I’ve never done spin class in my life, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m very athletic, so I didn’t think I would find a spin bike effective for me to get a good workout. Holy cow. Just doing 2 minutes of a warmup made me work up a sweat and get me a little winded. I now understand what all the hype is about. I’m still wrestling with the decision to get a bike, so I started a piggybank to stash some cash away every week. By September, I would have enough to afford a bike, but then I can also reassess my decision on whether or not I am still interested in getting one. In the meantime, I’m trying out the free trial of the Peloton App. So far, I really enjoy it. It’s literally unlimited content. That is one thing I am picky about when it comes to fitness apps. I don’t like doing the same videos multiple times, unless I really like that particular workout/trainer for some reason. Otherwise, I prefer variety and that feeling of new discovery. It makes me feel like I’m at an actual gym and we’re doing something new. My favorite workouts so far have been the guided outdoor runs, walks, core strength, yoga, and meditation. On my first day of using this app, I did so many workouts to the point I had to take a long nap. I felt really good, though! 🙂

The news about the winter disaster in Texas has been heartbreaking. I am hoping that all of the affected families will be getting some relief (and warmer weather) soon. The leadership should be held accountable for what they have allowed to happen. Let’s hope next week will start getting better.

This Week’s Movies

X Marks the Spot movie poster
Kiss of Death movie poster
Gang Busters movie poster

14 comments on “Networking and Staying Active

  • Greg says:

    Congratulations on the induction into the group! And I’m the same way with working out. I need variety t keep me going

    I love how you spotlight the movies! I always see at least one i want to try… 🙂

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thanks! Yes, I guess I’m spoiled like that when it comes to fitness. lol

      And yes! I really love all these great new gems I keep discovering. “Kiss of Death” has been my favorite one overall so far.

  • So happy for you that you could join that awesome writers group!! And I do hope all your reviewers will enjoy your ARC’s!

    Spinning or biking is not for everyone. My legs are way to short (and that’s myself, not talking as Elza now) and I can never keep up. Ballet and barre for me, thank you.

    Have a good week ahead!

    Elza Reads

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thanks! I hope so too.
      Haha, I have the opposite problem. My legs are too long for certain bikes, so it’s hard for me to find the right size for me.

      I’ve done Barre before, and I love it. Always enjoy a good leg and glutes workout!

      Enjoy your week!

  • Gayathri says:

    I am glad you had an adventurous and productive week! And that you found an app that works for you, I agree spinning is definitely a great work out.

  • Yvonne says:

    I’m glad to hear you had such a good week. Congrats on the group. It sounds wonderful. I love the movie pictures. They look like good ones.

    Have a great week!

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, this week’s movie haul was a real treat. I love discovering new gems and sharing them with others.

      Have a safe and warm week!

  • Wonderful that you are part of Crime Writers of Color– some excellent writers in that group! I know some of them are in my local Sisters in Crime chapter. Congrats on getting those ARCs out! Have a great week!

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Thanks! Yes, I saw there were some authors who are part of the Sisters in Crime. That is really cool. Everyone has been really nice and welcoming.

      Enjoy your week!

  • Rachel says:

    I used to do spin class at the gym when I had a membership and they are great workouts! I’ve heard great things about the Peloton bike but they are pricey! I didn’t know you could use the app without the bike for workouts. I’ll have to check that out! Thanks for visiting my Sunday Post! Have a great week!

    • M. Ravenel says:

      Yep! They’re definitely pricey, which is why I’m saving up now. Who knows, I may not be interested in the bike anymore once I have saved up enough. I really love the app, though. It’s $12.95 a month, but I think it’s definitely worth it for the unlimited content and live classes alone. There is definitely so much more things you can do with the app without the need for the bike.

      Enjoy your week!

  • Excited that you’re doing Peloton too now! Yay!

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