An accomplished professional writer, Han Shmidheiser often finds that his days consist of long hours working in front of a computer screen with few breaks in between. Such a deskbound lifestyle, in the long run, is not encouraged by doctors as conducive to good health. To keep his body fit, Shmidheiser often participates in competitive running, something he has loved since he was young.
To participate in a marathon, whether it is a full-length or mini version, requires a significant commitment of time and energy from the runner. As Hans Shmidheiser knows, good preparation is the key to success. In the races he has participated in, he’s seen that it’s often the runners who took the time to prepare and adjust to the race conditions that were able to finish. From his experiences, he shares two insights that he believes aspiring runners can utilize for success.
Know your limits
A marathon will expose you to far greater risks of injury than a normal jog around the neighborhood. The long distance of a marathon pushes one’s mental, physical and physiological boundaries. Before you begin, consult with a physician to establish how far you can push your body.
Keep your motivation
For many runners, the desire to participate in a marathon is often tied to breaking personal limits. You may want to test how far you can go, or perhaps are doing it to support a charitable cause or get healthier. Whatever the reason, hold on to it and keep reminding yourself in the times ahead. When your legs feel like rubber and the bed seems more comfortable than the rain outside, your motivation will keep you strong.
Many are privy to Hans Shmidheiser’s considerable skill, and accomplishment, as both novelist and foreign affairs correspondent. For much of the last decade, Shmidheiser has been inspiring, educating and empowering through enthralling, elegantly-written feature-length news articles, self-help books and full-length fictional novels, and has become a well-respected, even revered name in the fields of journalism and literature.
Many are not aware, however, of Shmidheiser’s considerable musical prowess, a skill he has developed over many years of professional training, practice and love of the art. A classically trained violinist, Hans Shmidheiser maintains the same high level of passion and commitment to classic music, and to the instrument, that he has had since childhood, and can commonly be found playing one of his favorite pieces during his time away from the computer or typewriter. Hans Shmidheiser, whose father himself was a well-known musician, worked to instill a love of both music, and the violin, into Shmidheiser at a very early age; a love that continues to be an undeniable and inseparable part of his soul and his being.
Shmidheiser has earned much respect and admiration for his skills as a writer, and continues to receive praise for many of the pieces he has written as an overseas journalist, composed at various points over much of the last ten years. Now with a focus on fiction, particularly absurdist literature, he continues to show the same passion and dedication to the Johnny Normal book series as he did towards the late-breaking news story.
New Orleans is perhaps best known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, which continues to attract millions of party-goers and tourists from around the globe each and every year. A long time professional and resident of the New Orleans area, Hans Shmidheiser understands the many amazing things to see and do both before and after the weeklong Mardi Gras festivities, as his hometown offers an abundance of historical and mysterious value to vacationers the entire year round.
Below, Hans Shmidheiser shares some of his favorite places to visit, and to experience, in the New Orleans area.
The French Quarter
Any tour or trip to New Orleans would be remiss without beginning in the French Quarter, the heart and soul of the city as well as a National Historic Landmark. Established by the French as the original New Orleans colony in 1718, the French Quarter offers the visitor the opportunity to stroll up and down historic and narrow cobblestone streets, and to come face-to-face with such beautiful and significant attractions as the Faulkner House, the Cabildo and Jackson Square. Bourbon Street is, of course, the Quarter’s primary draw.
St. Louis Cemeteries
Believe it or not, says Hans Shmidheiser, some of New Orleans’ most popular and enduring attractions are the St. Louis Cemeteries. Numerous cemetery tours are available to anyone brazen enough to experience the hauntingly beautiful, historic and often ornate “cities of the dead” found throughout various areas of New Orleans.
The National World War II Museum
Visitors of the National World War II Museum have the opportunity to peruse an amazing collection of wartime artifacts, and to get up close and personal with one of the biggest and most important conflicts in both American and World history.
Hans Shmidheiser’s affinity for contemporary literature is well-known, and has afforded him the opportunity to amass one of the more impressive and considerable literature collections in the New Orleans community. A fan of such authors as Chuck Palahniuk, Tom Robbins, Hunter Thompson, Douglas Adams and more, Shmidheiser continues to find inspiration in the contemporary works that he credits for much of his own authorial success.
The popular author of the Johnny Normal series, Hans Shmidheiser often finds himself turning to his quite extensive library of mid to late 20th century novels in search of ideas, of inspiration and even of information. Such novels as The Great Shark Hunt, Slaughterhouse Five, and even Christopher Moore’s Biff have been the catalyst for some of his greatest work, and have truly inspired him to continually hone and improve his craft, and to test the perceived boundaries and limitations of his talent.
Hans Shmidheiser has collected over 2000 books over the last decade, each one written by an author who has had a considerable impact, and has been a significant influence, on his writing career. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in fact, was one of Shmidheiser’s first forays into the possibilities of the absurd, opening doors and creating opportunities for his writing that he never before thought imaginable or possible.
Shmidheiser, however, doesn’t keep his library to himself, and has made an important priority out of sharing his collection with the people of his community as much, and as often, as he can. He has recently named his library open to the public, and encourages reading and writing enthusiasts from miles around to peruse, borrow and share his collection whenever possible.
As a former professional journalist, Hans Shmidheiser understands the importance of communication, particularly when it comes to effectively reporting on a people, culture or country an audience may not be so familiar with. As a talented foreign affairs correspondent, Shmidheiser soon found it advantageous, if not essential, to pursue instruction in numerous other languages; something that allowed him to better pursue and obtain the information and insight he needed to deeper into the people, events and cultures he was covering.
Fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish, Hans Shmidheiser has been the recipient of numerous personal and professional benefits of multilingual proficiency. Not only did his language skills provide him the opportunity to produce some of the most in-depth reporting and new stories of his day, it also afforded him the chance to obtain and develop a stronger understanding and knowledge of cultures throughout the globe, and provided him a profound level of insight into events and cultures that may not have been possible without it.
Hans Shmidheiser understands the many experiences that were made possible through his ability to communicate in different languages. His insight into international politics, conflict and personalities resulted, in large part, from his ability to converse with people directly. Knowing how to speak on a one on one basis with people central to the development of story, says Shmidheiser, gave him the opportunity to write truly in-depth and insightful feature length articles; news pieces that not only solidified his career, but that also set him above and beyond many of his colleagues.
Hans Shmidheiser has always had keen observational skill, something that translated both easily and well into the field of investigative journalism. A talented foreign affairs correspondent for nearly a decade, Shmidheiser rarely missed an opportunity to put himself into the middle of the action, and to transform what he learned about human nature, conflict and culture into hard-hitting news copy that could genuinely capture the reader’s attention while presenting the audience an invaluable and insightful perspective into the events and peoples that shaped their world.
Now a respected author of several highly-touted fictional novels, including one of the best-acclaimed fictional book series to have been published in the last few years, Hans Shmidheiser continues to apply his keen skills of observation and insight into literature that both captures the imagination and creates an undeniable connection with the audience. Through the development of the beloved Johnny Normal book series, as well as several well-known and moderately successful inspirational novels, Shmidheiser works to both enthrall and educate the reader through complex, interesting and empathetic character development.
Hans Shmidheiser enjoyed his career as a journalist, as well as the many opportunities he had to explore, learn and share relatively unknown world cultures, countries and peoples with the reading audience. He now enjoys the chance to use what he’s learned, as well as the benefit of his experience, to reach the audience on a completely different, perhaps even transcendental level, and to inspire others to seek out as much experience as they can throughout the course of their lives.