Writing and Sitting… and Sitting and Sitting. ~ Outside the Margins with Posy Roberts

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My high schooler walks around in the daylight now. She’s emerged from typing away at her latest fan fiction story. And what made her come out? Pókemon Go. And did you catch that? I have a 9th grade. That means I only have four more years before I can no longer use the chaos of parenthood as my excuse for buying larger and larger pants sizes. For me, not the kid.

Every day, sitting is my main activity. Now that my child is a writing fanatic, it’s her main activity too, which scares the crap out of me. According to numerous studies, sitting affects not only weight and cardiovascular health but also mental health and chronic pain. I can attest to all of that aside from the cardiovascular issues, but if I don’t stop, I fear those will creep up on me. It’s scary to read articles that equate sitting with smoking.

But without sitting, I never would’ve started writing romance in the first place. Because of a minor medical issue that turned into a major one because of a misread scan, I went from a healthy, fairly energetic 37-year-old mother, who could easily keep up with her six-year-old, to someone who could stand for a maximum of five minutes before collapsing.

The doctors told me nothing was wrong. To this day, I think my symptoms were dismissed as psychosomatic, as doctors tend to do with women, or as anorexia or bulimia, which I’ve never struggled with. I retreated to my bed and read. That’s all I could manage. When I didn’t find books I wanted to read, I decided to write them. I wrote in bed with my nightstand working as my desk, and that first year, I wrote the equivalent of five novels.

Seven years ago, I posted my first story online, and I’ve been writing ever since.

My symptoms didn’t improve that life-changing summer, but I used writing as a distraction. I was unable to take in enough calories to sustain myself before severe nausea took over. I lost forty pounds in a matter of weeks, and I looked ghastly. I lost muscle mass at an alarming rate, hence the weakness, my skin literally sagged, and my hair fell out by the handful. There was nothing I could do to make it better, but according to my doctor, nothing was wrong with me.

At the insistence of everyone around me, I returned to the doctor. I was dramatically lighter and looked rode hard and put away wet. I was referred to a specialist that same day. He took one look at the same scan, and I was diagnosed on the spot. My medical issue was resolved with a very simple treatment, but it took me ages to recover the muscle mass I lost. For weeks, I walked on shaky legs like a newborn foal. I barely managed to walk to the end of the block and back for weeks. Eventually, I worked my way up to more and more. I got my muscle back and got back to a healthy weight, but it took a good year.

So I know the dangers of sitting in a very real way. But in order to write and work my editing jobs, I have to sit. Not for all my time, but for a majority. Last year I modified a bookcase to work as a standing desk, but a foot/tendon injury led my doctor to advise me to stay off my feet. Add to that the issues I was having with my VNS (epilepsy prevention implant), and I’ve plumped up quite a lot. I’m not at all happy with my physical state, so I have to make more changes.

My child talks when she walks, and, as we all know, teenagers aren’t known for being verbose creatures, at least with their parents. And walking will (eventually) take off all that extra weight I’ve gained in the seven years since my medical drama that started me off with the quill. I’ve been walking with the kiddo while playing Pókemon Go. We walk to hatch eggs and head to Pókestops and lure modules. Yes, I play too.

So I apologize if you’re sick of hearing about Pókemon Go on social media, from your kids, and from nearly everyone you’re encountering in public with a phone in hand, but it’s getting people off their butts, out of their houses, and into communities they barely know. And I think that’s fantastic!

For me, I hope it helps me drop some pounds. A lot of pounds, actually. If nothing else, it’s giving me an excuse to take a mental break from writing and editing, getting my butt off the chair and me moving. I’m not sure that will counteract the sitting/smoking correlation, but that’s not going to stop me from trying.

~Posy Roberts


Title: North Star
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 08/05/2016
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance


Three years ago, North Star was released book by book. Now you can get the entire series as a bundle!

Falling in love again is easy for Hugo and Kevin. Fitting into each other’s complicated lives isn’t.

Hugo and Kevin were best friends and secret lovers in high school, but a chance meeting years later proves that the spark that drew them together before is still there. In Spark, Hugo and Kevin must try to put together a relationship while overcoming the obstacles of coming out, divorce, and children. In Fusion, an unexpected illness may tear apart all they’ve been building. And in Flare, though they’ve finally settled together happily, outside forces are working hard to upset their family.


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About Posy Roberts

Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.

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