Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Just think about how great it would be to actually write that novel that you have been mulling over in your head. You know what you want to say, but, there is just one problem. It's perfect in your head. Once you try to put the words down on the page it loses a little something.

You don't know how to fix translating what is in your head, and what you are, talent wise, able to put down on the paper.

That's what is so wonderful about this new series. It will teach you how to do just that.

Some of the classes that are in this series is as follows: Starting the Writing Process, Characters: Round and Flat, Major and Minor, and Evoking Setting and Place in Fiction.

Just these three lectures out of the 24 gives you the idea of what this series has to offer. A much better, well-rounded novel that is what you always dreamed it could be.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

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You ever want to write a story but didn't know how? You have a great idea, but you don't know how to execute?

Or it might be that you know how the story is going to begin and end, but your characters always seem flat on the page?

That's why this Writing Great Fiction series (for 80% off with our The Great Courses coupon) is such a great way to help you with your writing.

There are 24 lectures to help you improve your writing. One of the lectures is called Fictional Characters, Imagined and Observed. This part alone will go into how to make your characters better. Also, with better characters, it's a better story.  The story will move faster, readers won't get bogged down waiting for something to happen. Overall, the book will be better.

The series is taught by James Hynes, a novelist and writing instructor. Each course goes into a topic that will definitely help the completeness of your novel, but without overwhelming you.

The Great Courses has been a wonderful way for people to learn for over 20 years. They offer over 500 different courses, so no matter what you're into, they have a class for you. They also provide the lectures on multiple formats, including: download, DVD, and CD.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

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We have a new lecture series for 80% off thanks to our The Great Courses coupon. This lecture series is called Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques.

I'm really excited about this course. I have tried my hand at writing novels and really enjoy it. However, now that I have some experience, I would like to delve deeper into my understanding of how to write a novel.

This series does just that.

It is instructed by Professor James Hynes who is a novelist and writing instructor. He breaks the series down into 24 easily digestible parts. Some of the lectures that jumped out at me were: How Characters Are Different from People, Happily Ever After: How to End a Plot, and Pacing in Scenes and Narratives.

As a writer, I am really pumped about learning more about how to really flush out a character, how to get to that happy ending, and how fast, or slow, do I get there? I think that so far I'm doing fairly well, but it's kind of in the details, right? This course will help me, and you, sculpt those details. You never want everything in your novel to just seem so unrealistic, like, oh, sure ... of course the main character saves the day! You want to find a good balance between fun, and dumb.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Who doesn't want to treat their body well? We only have one body, so we have to treat it with the upmost respect.

Therefore, I am always interested in the science behind how I can lead a more healthy lifestyle. That's why I love this series Stress and Your Body.

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This series is divided up into 24 episodes that go into detail about how stress can effect the body in various ways.

Some of the highlights, for me,  were the episodes on: Stress Management - Clues to Success, Stress Management - Approaches and Cautions, and Understanding Psychological Stress.

I think too often we think of stress as only the psychological aspect, not how disease and physical trauma are also stressors to the body. This series goes into how stress effects the heart, cancer, and reproduction. We've all heard the rumor that people go to adopt, only to find out they are pregnant already. Once the stress is away, does it make it easier to conceive?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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I don't know about you, but I am always trying to find ways to improve my health and well-being. I want my body to run at its functional best.

One thing that can really run a system down is stress. We know it is bad for us, but do we really know exactly how it works against us?

Well, now you can be just as informed as you have always hoped to be with this lecture series. It is taught by Professor Robert Sapolsky who was the winner of a MacArthur grant. He is Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. All this means that he very, very knowledgeable about the field. In particular he does research about the effects of stress in Africa.

This lecture series goes into specific details about how stress effects the human body and what certain kind of stresses can do. For example, he discusses: Stress and Your Heart, Stress and Cancer, and Stress and Aging.

Those are just three topics in a 24 part series. I watched it on DVD and was very happy with the format. Each topic was 30 minutes long, which meant it was easily fit into my hectic day.

What I really liked about this lecture series is that it was easy to understand without skimping on detailed information. I learned more about the pain pathway from Professor Sapolsky than I did from my pain management doctors.

I believe you will find, like I did, that this series is a great one to watch.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

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I am in love with this new series offered with our The Great Courses coupon called Stress and Your Body. You will get the series for 80% off when you sign up using our deal.

Our bodies are really all we have in life. We want to take care of them in the best way possible. The kinder we are to them, the kinder they are back. Plus, once the system starts to break down, it seems like it is a cascading event. One thing goes, then others follow suit.

This series is a great example of how to take care of your body and why -- delving into one particular aspect of how stress can effect the body.

There are several ways in which you can take this course; I picked DVD. I loved how easy it was on DVD to navigate the various lectures this course had to offer. Each class was 30 minutes and has its own chapter, so it is easy to pick and choose what you want to watch. The 30 minute lectures are also perfectly timed -- just the right amount of knowledge compressed into a time-frame that can be squeezed between various chores that you might have to do.

One of the highlights for me was the lecture on Stress and Pain. It did a wonderful job explaining the way pathways of pain are created in your body. The interesting thing too, is that we always think of stress as a mental aspect. However, stress for your body can be physical: the stress of a burn, the stress of an injury, or the stress of cancer. These create pain pathways, and, for some, can be really hard to break.

Stress is so fascinating. Mental stress really can cause physical pain. The whole dynamic is so important in realizing how our bodies work and how to reduce the stress in our lives.

That's why I think this course is so fantastic. We should all learn how mental and physical stress effect our bodies, and, ultimately, our health.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Stress is such an integral part of our lives. It seeps in from seemingly every direction; stress from work, stress from the kids, even stress from standing in line at the grocery store. Stress can even come from a good thing, like a child's baseball game, a movie, or a football game.

Some stress isn't just from our social environment. Stress, in it's physical form, can be from disease. Stress that your body goes under from having cancer, arthritis, COPD, or Sickle Cell Anemia. These conditions put an undo amount of stress on our body.

What does this stress do to our body as a whole?

That's what this amazing course, Stress and Your Body, talks about.

Professor Robert Sapolsky who is a professor at Standford University narrates and manages this course.

Professor Robert Sapolsky is an authority on the subject. He works in the field -- he even studies the ongoing effects of stress in baboons in Kenya.

Some of the highlights for me in this course was how stress and chronic pain interact. Professor Sapolsky went into fine detail about the pathways of pain and how acute pain works and how it can become chronic pain. As a chronic pain sufferer, it was very enlightening to see just how my condition set into my body. My only caveat about the 30 minute lecture was if he knew how to fix it! However, that's not his fault, he is here to talk about how stress effects the body, not how to fix it. I'm just always looking!

I also found very interesting the particular lecture on Stress and Your Immune System. This one really fascinated me as I am a nurse and one of the neurosurgeons I worked with had stated he believed glioblastomas could be due to the immune system causing chronic inflammation that then caused tumors, tumors like what you see in glioblastoma.

The research presented in the lecture by Professor Saplosky was amazing. He went into detail about how inflammation can be created by an immune response and how the whole system can go haywire. I thought he spoke about the topic in easy to understand language. The most interesting part of his lecture was about how the inflammatory response needs a recovery time, and the response can bottom out and not return to baseline. He stated this is why steroids helped because it's not so much about getting rid of the inflammation, but returning the body to a baseline.

There are 24 lectures to this series and ever one is loaded with excellent information. Feel free to pick and choose which ones interest you the most. What I can say, is that they are all very interesting.

Stress effects all of us. Take this opportunity, from The Great Courses coupon, to learn how stress effects your body, for 80% off. Learn just how important it is to lower the stress in your life and apply that knowledge to lowering your stress and improving your overall health.

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