Twisting by the Fool

There are all kinds of twists — delicious twist doughnuts, intricate twist hairstyles and jewelry, and of course, plot twists.

None of which I’m going to talk about today.

Instead, I want to chat about Dire Straits.

Writing is a physical ordeal, despite all outward appearances. In 2006, the first time I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month where you write 60,000 words of a new novel in 30 days), I learned a valuable lesson. Among many, many other things, I learned I had to exercise every day.

Subsequently, because I’m *ahem* older and wiser, I’ve learned, in no particular order, menopausal women pack on weight like mastodons preparing for the next Ice Age … a body in motion tends to stay in motion … standing is better than sitting … the hip bone’s connected to the back bone, the back bone’s connected to the neck bone, the neck bone’s connected to the head bone … and you’ve gotta shake dem skeleton bones.

Dire Straits also knows this.

Here is my workspace.

Twisting by the Fool

When I know I’ll be writing and/or concentrating at my desk for lengthy periods, I set my alarm every hour. I have a playlist called “Becky’s Dance Party” and when the alarm sounds, I choose one song. Sometimes I pull out my trampoline and bounce in a raucous manner, sometimes I bop around in the room. But this is my favorite song to dance to …

Yep … those Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits.

And if you’ve been sitting there reading blogs, email, and Facebook for a while, I challenge you to crank the volume and join me as a twisty fool for three minutes and thirty-one seconds. I guarantee you will have more energy and better focus when you finish.

Now get back to work!

Author: Becky Clark

I write mysteries with humor and spend my free time attempting to rid my clothing of dog hair and doling out treats to the adorable Nala. I'm the author of the Mystery Writer's Mystery series, which so far includes FICTION CAN BE MURDER and FOUL PLAY ON WORDS. I'm thrilled to be working on another cozy series set in the world of crossword puzzles, with PUZZLING INK launching in November 2020. And, yes, I'm learning to create my own puzzles, which will be included, but you don't need to be a crossword fan to enjoy the mysteries. Subscribe to my mailing list at and join us on Facebook at BeckysBookBuddies. Be the first to hear news and chances to win cool prizes!

10 thoughts on “Twisting by the Fool”

  1. Becky, you are my idol! The trampoline looks awesome, and frightening. I have a Garmin watch that plays a soft chime and then changes the screen to read “MOVE.” There are days that is too subtle for me. An alarm is much more demanding. Rock on!


  2. Oh I wish. Right now, the knee is not having it. No sir, not at all. I tried standing for fifteen minutes an hour and it’s torture. But as son as I get things figured out…


  3. Aw, this is such a fun post, Becky! I try to get up every hour too, although there’s not usually dancing involved, but now I’m thinking there should be! 🙂


  4. “menopausal women pack on weight like mastodons preparing for the next Ice Age.” Good one. Lots of fun stuff to look forward to.


  5. Most mornings I’m at Jazzercise working up a sweat to all kinds of different beats—sometimes we even do the twist! While I’m pretty sure I’d break an ankle with your trampoline, I do get up and take a walk when I have a sticky plot point to work out. And of course, like Sue, there’s that issue of liquids…

    As always, Becky, a fun post!


  6. Thanks, everyone!
    Kait … yes, sometimes the alarm is too subtle or too easy to turn off without thinking. I often set the timer on the stove. Then I have to go all the way downstairs to turn it off.

    Mary … I like the trampoline because it has some give to it. Much easier on the joints. Hope your knee gets better. Injuries are such a pain! (No pun intended.)

    Sam … did you dance with your son? Never too young to learn healthy habits!

    Kate … sometimes I hula hoop. That’s fun too.

    Sue … absolutely! Hydration is so important, ha!

    3no7 … when I had a sit down desk I used a fitness ball. That was good too. I wouldn’t be able to reach my keyboard if I tried it now, though!

    Kimberly … yes, it’s a smorgasbord of fun. But only when you consider the alternative.

    Cynthia … tell me when you get one and we can Skype while we jump. No, really. It’ll be fun!

    Peg … I try not to sweat if I can help it. Four minutes is just about the right amount of time to get the blood pumping, but not the sweat dripping. And it’s funny, just yesterday I was trying to figure out a plot problem so I decided to take a few minutes and pull some weeds. But I could only think about the weeds, and what else needed to be done in the yard, and then I wanted to check on my irises, and and and. Seems I can only think about my manuscript at my desk.


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