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A.J. Jacobs Offers Healthy Living Advice

Stunt nonfiction writer A.J. Jacobs is working on a book tentatively titled The Healthiest Human Being in the World. In the video embedded above, he offered three pieces of healthy advice.

When CNN asked about his process, Jacobs replied: “I changed my diet and my exercise – that’s one of the shocking things is how much I have to do to be the healthiest person alive. I mean my day is packed because you got to do aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise, you got to meditate, you got to go out into nature, because nature is healthier, you got to pet a dog because there are studies that show that helps lower your blood pressure, it’s just never ending.”

Back in December, Jacobs started a new Twitter account specifically for this health project. He explained that its purpose is to “confess my health lapses and you can heckle me. Got to get some accountability.”

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What Books Are You Looking Forward to in 2011?

WNYC recently asked media professionals from different fields what they are looking forward to in 2011.

Writer Edward Champion (pictured, via) listed several titles he is eager to read this year. His list included: Nicholson Baker‘s House of Holes: A Book of Raunch, Stewart O’Nan‘s Emily, Alone, and Anna North‘s America Pacifica.

Here’s more about his pick: “Nobody nails the magical way that the pedantic clutter up consciousness quite like Nicholson Baker, a novelist incapable of writing books without an infectious sense of joy.”

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Lit Resolutions from Gretchen Rubin, Grace Lin, Michele Carlo & Bob Eckstein

Today is the last day we’ll be sharing the 2011 literary resolutions from writers. It’s still not too late for you to contribute to the Twitter hashtag. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see some of theirs and your goals come to fruition in the new year. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter. Happy Holidays!

Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin: “My literary new year’s resolution is to write a young-adult novel in a month, using the writing structure suggested by Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem. I’ve done this before, to write a novel for adults, but this time I’d like to write a YA novel.”

Picture book author and illustrator Grace Lin: “My literary resolution is the same as it is every year–I haven’t been able to achieve it yet, but maybe 2011 will be the year! My literary resolution is to write something that I am so proud and confident of that the reviews or criticism of it wouldn’t matter. To make a book that is personally ‘review-proof’; to believe what I have done is good and not be affected by anyone’s opinions (good or bad). That and to stop eating while I write, especially high-sugar sweets. That’s a horrible habit I need to break.”

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Literary Resolutions From Twitter

twitterlogo2323.jpgWe’ve received a strong response to the literary resolutions hashtag on Twitter. Below you can see five contributions from our readers. Follow the #litresolution hashtag to read more.

We wish you the best of luck in seeing your 2011 dreams (literary or otherwise) come true.

Sarah Weinman: “Easy #litresolution for 2011: write more fiction! Also, stop chasing the freelance hamster wheel so much.”

Joe AKA dOgBOi: ”#litresolution (This is my longshot resolution) To relearn to read Spanish and read Borges in his original Spanish.”

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Lit Resolutions from Heather Brewer, Teddy Wayne, Helen Simonson, & Thelma Adams

Today we have a new set of 2011 literary resolutions from writers. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod vampire series writer Heather Brewer: “1. FINALLY read Mockingjay (I am SO far behind the times!). 2. Tackle something totally different for me – like a first person, female perspective (that, or happy fluffy rainbow bunnies). 3. Continue taking over the world with my Minion Horde (and yes, this does count as literary…kinda).”

Kapitoil novelist and writing professor Teddy Wayne (back in sarcasm): “My literary New Year’s resolution is to learn to read. (I’m currently dictating this to my assistant).”

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Resolutions from Around the Literary World

Today we have a new set of 2011 literary resolutions from writers. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

Stunt nonfiction writer A.J. Jacobs: “My literary new year’s resolution is to read some a novel or two this year. I’ve spent the last few months reading health and medical books for my new project, and I think reading something fictional sounds a strange and exciting prospect.”

Mr. Peanut author Adam Ross: “I had a busy 2010, true, but I only read 16 books. I’m betting, though, that if I’d visited Facebook only once a day (I’m a confessed Scrabble addict), as well as Twitter, nytimes.com, cnn.com, and espn.com, I’d have doubled that figure. We live in an acutely distracted age that constantly pummels our best sense of reality (I won’t even get started here on my BlackBerry). So in 2011, I’m going to budget my computer time more rigorously. There’s too much to read before I die.”

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Lit Resolutions from Andrew Shaffer, Andrea Cremer, Delilah Marvelle & Tanya Wright

Last week, we started the literary New Year’s resolutions hashtag on Twitter. Today, we have more literary New Year’s resolutions from authors. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love writer Andrew Shaffer (otherwise known as Evil Wylie/Emperor Franzen): “Although my resolution is to make it through my ‘to be read’ pile before buying any new books, I have absolutely no intention of keeping it…Books are a drug, and I’m hooked. Publishers know this, which is why they continue to put out new books that I simply MUST read.”

Nightshade children’s series writer Andrea Cremer: “To give more depth and breadth to the Nightshade world with the fourth book in the series: a prequel set in 1400s Europe (will publish in fall 2012). To start the steampunk series that’s been brewing in my mind for months now. To finish up my academic monograph – a revision of my doctoral thesis on gender and warfare in 17th century New England.”

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Lit Resolutions from Kody Keplinger, Victoria Dahl, Stephen Markley & Isobella Jade

Yesterday, we revealed the literary New Year’s resolutions from authors. Today we continue with a few more authors who have set literary goals for the upcoming new year. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

The Duff YA writer Kody Keplinger: “My goal for 2011 is to break out of the ‘box’ and write something different from anything I’ve written before. Whether that means writing a screenplay for fun or writing a fantasy story, I don’t know yet. But this year, I want to challenge myself.”

Crazy for Love romance author Victoria Dahl: “I’d like to spend more time reading than writing.”

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Lit Resolutions from Peter Brown, Naseem Rakha, Dan Parent & Sean Ferrell



Yesterday, the GalleyCat crew revealed their literary New Year’s resolutions. Today a few authors revealed their goals for next year. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

Children Make Terrible Pets kidlit illustrator/writer Peter Brown: “My literary new year’s resolution is: To finally write the first draft of that children’s novel I’ve been knocking around for the last few years.”

The Crying Tree novelist Naseem Rakha: “Number 1, get my second novel to my publisher. Number 2, begin to teach writing classes to a group of ‘lifers’ at both the men’s and women’s prison in Oregon. Number 3, help my son begin his own book review web site for kids.”

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2011 Literary New Year’s Resolutions

twitterlogo2323.jpgChristmas is just days away, but New Year’s is around the corner too. We’ve started the #litresolution hashtag on Twitter to collect your literary resolutions for 2011.

As the holidays continue, we’ll share resolutions from other writers. Post your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter. To get this started, here are some literary resolutions from the GalleyCat crew:

Jason: To read at least one book to my daughter every day.
Maryann: I want to interview more of my favorite authors like Mitch Albom, Amy Tan, and/or Suzanne Collins.
Jeff: I want to finish my graphic novel, Forever My Baby.