Field Notes ~ Spring 2016

The slow awakening of spring this year seems to reflect my own sluggish appearance on the social media stage.

In all actuality, I have been working a lot out in the field, away from bloggers, tweeters, facebookers, and the like. I’ve been reading blogs, tweets, and FB posts, but not commenting and rarely liking/favoriting. I was, frankly, in no mood to engage or converse with anyone. Not that I don’t find the interaction stimulating or helpful. The introvert in me simply dug in her heels, crossed her arms, and said “Enough. I need a damn break.” I’m sure the after-storm of my mom’s passing had much to do with a need to

Just. Be. Alone.

A need to write without having to dissect my process.

A need to get back to the joy of being a writer while moving onward and upward.

A need to not share share share share share share. (I’ve never been that great at sharing, anyway.)

But I have been writing. Even though I haven’t reached out or checked in, I have been thinking about everyone in my writing life. Hoping all is going well between you and your stories.

Here are some notes from the field …

Field Note 1: My freelance business has been keeping me very busy. I have an author/story coach website in the works: Kate Johnston – Author & Story Coach. I have had a great response from aspiring authors looking to improve their craft. Not only do I work with authors in person or one-on-one, but I’m teaching workshops to adults in addition to my writing clubs for kids.

Field Note 2: The second volume of my story coaching series is now available through Amazon: Writer … Uninterrupted: Handbook for the Productive Writer  – of course, I’d be thrilled to have you guys purchase and review. Virtual pizza and hugs and undying gratitude in return.

Field Note 3: The third volume of my story coaching series, Handbook for the Confident Writer, is due to be published this summer.

Field Note 4: Plans are in the works to offer print versions of these books. Once I figure out the beast known as CreateSpace!

Field Note 5: I completed my second MG novel, the first in a series, and entered it into a query-type contest. While I didn’t win, I did get honorable mention and some advice from those in the biz. I will begin the second book in the series this summer, with the goal of finishing by the end of the year. That will give me 3 books to think long and hard about in relation to self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.

And some notes from life …

Life Note 1: School is winding down as are the spring sports and after-school activities. Gosh, the older the kids get the busier they are. April & May are now officially the busiest months of the year! Once I am into summer, my schedule will change yet again. Not sure how that will affect the writing end of things …

Life Note 2: With summer comes the opening of our family camp in Maine. Looking forward to boating, tubing, swimming, sunning, and cocktail hour(s)!

Life Note 3: I’m going to continue my backyard butterfly garden. The rhododendron had one last call of blossoms over the summer, but didn’t make it through the winter. I’ll have to come up with another focal point.


Okay, I’ll wrap it up here. Here’s to a forthcoming summer of good weather, good stories, and good attitudes!

What are your field & life notes?







66 thoughts on “Field Notes ~ Spring 2016

    • I’m happy to hear that I’m in good company! 🙂 I always feel refreshed after taking a blogging break, so I know it’s a good decision. I would hate to wear myself out so much that I dump it altogether.

      Maine is just a hop, skip, and a throw from where I live–the camp itself only a 40-minute drive. Perfect for just a quick getaway. I expect to be spending a lot of time handling my mom’s estate, so I’ll be bouncing to and fro throughout the summer.

      Enjoy your time away from the blog and looking forward to hearing from you soon!


    • I’m happy to be back! The writing finally took the driver’s seat when I put blogging and all social media aside. So it was a good decision. But I’m ready to dish again! Looking forward to amping things up with Dodo too! 🙂

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  1. I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how things were. Nice to know you’re still here. 🙂 Sometimes we need to recharge our soul. Something that doesn’t take social media.


    • Hey Kathi — I could write a whole book on the pros and cons of social media. I’ve tried everything I can think of to write and/or edit every day while maintaining a regular online presence. I just don’t know if it’s possible. I don’t like to give up social media for months at a time as it’s difficult to get back to a routine. Regardless, it feels good to come back and talk to everyone again–I missed you all! 🙂


  2. My, you have been busy! Look at all that progress. Looking forward to reading the book(s). Social media kills many writer, putting off the manuscript for “likes.” You know the priority. Frankly, I don’t know how you are doing it all. Very impressed 👍


    • Well, I’m always amazed at people who can blog consistently anyway. I find it tiresome after a while because I have a short attention span. So, I try to spread out replying to comments over a span of days and mix it up with commenting on other blogs. It’s just not my favorite thing to do. But I am blessed to have found this community — you guys are all supportive, positive, upbeat, fun, and interesting! 🙂 I love reading about what everyone is up to, and after a while of not being out there, socializing, I start to feel left out! lol, I can never be happy! 🙂


  3. I just bought the second volume of Writer UnInterrupted, as the first one was so useful. I, too, have been relatively quite on the blogosphere until recently. Perhaps we all need to redirect our creative energy elsewhere from time to time.

    It’s wonderful to see you continue to publish and I love that you are setting up a coaching website. Do let us know when that is up and running.

    I decided not to teach this summer and am focusing on work research projects and making some time for some side writing projects. And I continue to take care of my puppy who is growing, growing, growing!

    Wishing you a wonderful summer. Thank you for always inspiring us and for your coaching too!


    • I noticed your absence, Letizia. Glad to know you’re back in time for my return! 🙂 I think you’re right — I love to jib-jab about writing, but social media can wear me out. I spent time gardening, which is always relaxing (though my body isn’t happy afterward!), but my mom’s estate has been lingering and that has taken a toll.

      Your summer plans sound awesome! I’m sure your puppy keeps you busy, so I’m glad you’re able to sneak in the side writing projects when you can. Just make sure Pup doesn’t eat them up! 😉

      Wishing you a wonderful summer too with lots of flowing creative juice!

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    • Yup, I think you’re right about social media sucking the life out of our imaginative selves. Having to stay on the surface, reporting about my writing experiences or dissecting my process, while useful in a coaching sense, is un-fun for my muse! She wants to be in fantasyland all the time, so she finds social media very intrusive! 🙂

      I love summertime, but it’s too short. I hope your writing is going well! Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Congratulations on your books. Yes, I understand needing to be unplugged from the social media rat race for a while. And a backyard butterfly garden sounds like a bit of heaven! Field notes from my part of the world include having life flipped upside down this winter with a child who couldn’t participate in our educational system one more day. It’s been a long road since February, and we still don’t have a new normal yet. But I know we’ll get there. Because of not being tied to any school schedule, we’ll be visiting our family cottage in Maine in September (my favorite time of year there).


    • I understand your frustrations with the public school system. I teach after-school creative writing as part of an enrichment program and the hoops I have to jump through just to get the program accepted year after year are daunting. And I’m not even dealing with the day-to-day struggles like you have to experience. It can be a nightmare, and I sympathize. Are you home-schooling, then? Is charter school an option?

      Maine in September is lovely! I’m in NH, on the southern end, only a 5-minute drive from the Maine border, and my mom’s house is in Maine, so I’m crossing state borders all the time! 🙂 I hope you have a fabulous time!

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      • My son has learning disabilities, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and anxiety. His anxiety this past winter grew into paralyzingly panic attacks. My only option was homeschooling. I found a local independent learning school, where we have teacher working with us. Right now we are de-schooling for a while. And working on helping my son be able to live with anxiety.

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      • Ugh, anxiety is a whopper. I have anxiety, and it took me years to learn how to cope. I completely understand what you and your son are going through. My heart goes out to you, and I’m so sorry he’s having to deal with so much. De-schooling sounds like the right plan. Good luck on this leg of your journey.


  5. Good for you for recognizing that you need to step away, Kate. We are inundated with so many prompts to keep connected to social media, plug our brand, create bonds with our followers, that it seems like there is often no time to do what we really want to do: write. (And live our non-writer lives, of course.) Congratulations on accomplishing so much, too!

    I did see you participating in a query thing on Twitter, but I couldn’t figure out what it was, and I didn’t have the time or the inclination to go scrounging around the Internet for its source, because of all of the other activities on my plate. Stuff like my day job, my family, and my writing. 😉 Glad to hear that you did get some recognition from it, though, because it sounded intriguing. (It was the magical girl who didn’t want to be a magical girl, right?) Actually, kind of perfect for most of the MG audience I know. 🙂

    I’m so glad to hear that you have kept writing. That’s more important than checking in in the blogosphere (though it was nice to see you doing that, too). I had to go and read your Believe-Write-Magic manifesto again, because it is always a good reminder to me, too, that writing is a part of myself, just as it is so clearly a part of yourself.

    You are often in my thoughts as I write, Kate. I know that is a “me” statement, but I hope that it relays at least a little bit to you how important you are as a writing force to the rest of us out here. ❤


    • Hi Mayumi! I see you on FB often, and it appears you’re headed to New Orleans or somewhere around there soon? Hope it’s for a happy or fun reason!

      Yes, the query thingy-ma-bob I participated in was on Twitter. It was a last-minute decision, as I am no fan of queries, but I thought I’d give it a go. My query wasn’t chosen as a top winner, but it was picked as a “good start” I guess you could say, which is more than I could hope for! I can’t write queries to save my life. The magical girl who doesn’t want to be magical, yup, that’s about right! With wolves, of course! 🙂

      I didn’t know you downloaded my manifesto — that tickles me to no end. I did that as kind of a lark too, because I wanted to get that message out there but a blog post didn’t seem like the right vehicle. I’m glad it touched you.

      You are one of my favorite blogging pals, Mayumi. Not just because we bumped into each other early in the blogging game but also because you always write with your heart, no excuses. I like that. It’s bold and true and inspiring. I’m glad that you’re still writing! 🙂

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      • Querying is tough business! I practiced writing a query letter for my space opera novel, and it was HARD. QueryShark gives some great examples and feedback to attempts. You might want to check out their Twitter/blog.

        New Orleans travel is for work…but it doubles as a fun time. It’s the only time I get to connect face-to-face with colleagues from other institutions doing the sort-of same thing I do at my job. Plus, all that seafood…!

        I forgot to mention in my earlier comment: I used CreateSpace for my space opera novel, so if you have any questions, I’m happy to help as I can do. 🙂

        Yep, I’m definitely still writing. Always writing, it seems, though finding the time to get it all down on paper is sometimes the bigger challenge! 🙂


      • Oh, I am very familiar with Janet Reid! I actually took a workshop with her when I went to NYC for the Writer’s Digest Conference back in 2011. I have read her blog and taken notes upon notes. I do get the gist of a query, but I have trouble picking out the parts that, even though they are important for story set-up, don’t belong in a query!

        Thanks Mayumi!


    • Wow, Carrie, thank you. That really means a lot. I read your post about the fact you won’t be blogging anymore. I have to say that your news really hit me hard, in a variety of ways. I completely understand where you’re coming from. I have trouble keeping up with my small following on 4am — I can’t imagine how you ever managed to reply to all your fans, consistently. You will be sorely missed. But if we can’t have you, then at least we have your books, and that’s a pretty good consolation prize! 🙂

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      • Aw, thank you. It was difficult to leave, but I can’t believe how much I’ve gotten done since I did, not just in writing but life too (we’re getting ready to list our house and downsize). So it turned out to be a good decision, for now anyway. I know you understand that for sure.

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      • I do. I believe that our writing suffers if we’re struggling even in our non-writing lives. I fully believe in the holistic attitude where body, mind, and spirit are connected. Where one suffers, the others suffer. It makes sense that your writing took off once you tended to your “life.” Moving, wow. At least it’s a good time of year to pack and clean and get your house ready. Wishing you lots of luck and not too many surprises under furniture or inside boxes in the attic! 🙂


  6. Field Note #1 I finished my Outline a few months ago, and now, I’m working on the 1st draft (20,000 words so for)

    Field Note #2 I joined a couple of writing groups and renewed my membership with OWW (Online Writing Workshop)

    Field Note #3 I’m almost ready for my Writer Un-conference trip. I have my ticket and room.

    Life Note#1 Finally adjusting to not being with my ex -wife

    Life Note #2 My daughter is moving in with me this summer and she will be my focal point for the next few years.

    Life Note #3 My physical health goals will be met by the end of the year.

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    • BBK – all of those field and life notes sound like you are in the middle of major transitions. I’m sorry about your marriage. That can’t be easy, but my hope is that it is for the best and that you both find happiness and comfort in your new lives. How old is your daughter? Does she like to write? 🙂

      I seriously considered signing up for the Writer Un-conference trip but just couldn’t make it happen. I really hope you blog about it, if you’re still blogging? Or talk about it on Facebook. I’m very curious as to what that is all about.

      I’m unfamiliar with OWW. I’ll have to look that up!

      Good luck with your physical health goals. So important to get our bodies into a healthy place, not just for the obvious reasons but your writing will improve too! Fact! 🙂

      Take care of yourself and so good to hear from you.

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    • Thanks, Dianne! It’s amazing the time suckage social media is responsible for. And it exhausts me. I love the personal interactions, but too much of it in one day wears me out. I’m redesigning my social media strategy so that I don’t have to cut it out entirely for months, because it is difficult to re-establish!

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  7. Well, hello! I’ve been less frequently posting in the blogosphere, too, but I go back and forth about how much to read and comment. It’s difficult when there are so many pressing things in life. I’m headed back for a second Highlights Summer Camp in July. Will be working there with a mentor on several picture book manuscripts. My son just started summer break, so now we have a whole new round of summer camps. Always crazy busy. Glad to hear you’re doing well and that you’re feeding the introvert. It’s good to listen to that wee small voice. Have a productive and lovely summer! We may or may not go to Maine in August this year. We’re thinking of doing the Great American Western National Parks Road Trip. We’ll see how things turn out. Cheers!

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    • Wow, I’m hearing from a lot of people how they all go to Maine in the summer. I never realized that it’s so popular. I guess it really has earned its motto “Vacationland.” 🙂

      I can’t believe your son is on vacation now. We still have a 1 1/2 weeks to go. Your summer sounds jam-packed already! I hope you’ll get to slow down a bit and drink in the summery goodness, it never lasts long enough!

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  8. So great to have you back here on your blog, though I totally understand your desire to back away from it for awhile. But you’ve been busy! My field notes include formatting my book Twin Desires to a softback (it’s currently just an e-book). Have you looked at Joel Friedlander’s templates to use for CS? Very helpful in the formatting process.
    Next Field Note, I’m still enjoying blogging! I think because it makes me write, creatively, every week. And as a writer, I love hearing from my readers. We writers are so insular, that I get inspired when my stories inspire others, weekly.
    Third field note: But yes, writing for the blog takes away writing for my third book, which is titled As Lovely as a Lie. Once I have Twin Desires published as a softback (and a little promotion to bring it to life, hopefully), my intention is to focus on As Lovely.
    And then, of course, to enjoy summer with the family: the ocean, the town lake, BBQs, and reading in the sun. Ahhhh.
    Great news on your Writing..Interrupted series. They sound terrific.

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    • Hey Rough, I’m glad that you’re loving blogging because that means I won’t have to worry about you going away anytime soon! Some of my favorite bloggers have left me over the years, and I can’t handle all these breakups!! You sound super busy, but in an awesomely fun way.

      I haven’t seen those templates, but I will check them out. I just need to set aside a few days to do this one thing — then I’ll get it done. The fact I keep pushing it aside for other things doesn’t help and only makes me not want to deal with it even more.

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  9. Nice to see you check in and update us on your missions and accomplishments. I envy that you can tune out of the social media and blog world and discipline your efforts geared only towards your writing and business. This is something I’ve yet to master and desperately need to do. Enjoy the summer and know we’re here when you are. 🙂

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    • Hey Debbie, it is easy for me to tune it out mainly because I am an introvert at heart, but also a mom whose time is usurped constantly. That being said, as a freelancer peddling her wares, I need social media so I can’t knock it too much. It’s all about striking a balance so that everything gets proper attention, I guess.

      How is your writing coming along? 🙂

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  10. You’ve been busy. Great job, and glad to have you back in the blogginsphere until you need another break. I love how your business is taking off with the writing coach thing–that sounds fun.


    • Hey Char, story coaching is a lot of fun. What’s nice is that I get to do all kinds of different gigs with writers so each job is always different. That appeals to my short attention span and my tendency toward impatience. 🙂 I hope to find a better blogging schedule that doesn’t make me feel like I’m putting the work aside for it but that still meets my objectives.


  11. Congrats, hon! Sounds like you are totally killing it.

    We always see eye to eye on things, so I’m going to have a quick heart to heart with you…

    I’m really debating what to do with the blog thing these days. As you know, I’ve gone through a lot of changes, including entering the world of freelance. Had my four year blogging anniversary this year, and it got me thinking A LOT about what I’m doing with my platform. I’m hitting a wall, where I’m tired of talking about my personal life, nobody buys my books (seriously), and I am really struggling to keep up with other bloggers. Feel like a “Britt rebrand” is in order, but that would mean a pretty big overhaul on my blog as I’m thinking about going more of an educational route about writing/marketing.

    We jump into this blogging thing without a clue, and the few of us that stick with it really question the time commitment and message we’re putting out there. Sigh…decisions, decisions. 😉

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    • Hey Britt! I completely get it. I’ve seen some of my favorite bloggers leave the stage over the past couple of years, and it honestly makes me feel old. I feel like I’ve stuck around the party too long, know what I mean? I think that most of us jumped on the blogging bandwagon because we were all told we needed to have a brand before we try to sell our books. But the amount of time it takes to build an audience takes away from writing our books. So, meanwhile, we have an audience but no books.


      Freelancing seemed like a natural route for me because it allowed me to stay at home with the kids. Turned out the blogging was a great way to find potential business, so without even realizing it, my choice to blog actually helped me sell freelancing services. In that respect, my blog is a beautiful friend.

      I think that you would do well with freelancing. You have the perfect personality for it, and you have a blog with an established audience who can spread the word for you. If you’re ever looking for advice or want to shoot the sugar about freelancing, I’d love to chat with you!

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      • Thanks for the encouragement, love! Yeah, it’s been a crazy ride. I actually got my Content Manager job because of my blog. I guess we expect things to work out a certain way and we get surprised in life. The blog hasn’t helped me become a full-time novelist, but it launched my content marketing career. Now I’m just trying to figure out the best path to take with it in the freelance world. For now I’ve decided to tweak my current blog a bit without doing anything too drastic. But I want to be a bit more professional for potential prospects, so I’m not handing over a business card that leads them to a post about my most recent trip to wherever. Later this year or early next, I might launch a separate biz blog. Too much to handle right now though! 😉

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  12. I completely get the need to be alone, and not share. Lately my motto has been: do it for the process. So when it comes to creative work I’m trying not to think about the future of each word (or doodle). I love that simply reading your mention of your camp brought to mind the easy feel of summer–and being a kid. That time when it’s all about simply enjoying the process. Happy summer! 🙂

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    • Hi Coleen,

      Indeed — do it for the process. I like that, to just keep the writing about the writing. I have to do it that way more and more often, I find. Writing to be published is not the same as writing to write. And while we need to write like a professional eventually, it’s important to keep the art of it close at hand.

      We own the camp with my in-laws and my husband’s brother and his family, so there’s usually a lot of activity! It’s right on the lake, which in my view, is a must. If you’re going to have a camp or a summer getaway, I think you have to fork over the extra money for waterfront property. None of this “view of water through the trees”. 🙂 And you’re right — the feel of a summer camp brings back all that enjoyment of being a kid which = enjoying the process. Sounds like the next blog post! 🙂

      Happy summer to you too!

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  13. Hey Kate – It’s so funny that I randomly pick a thread in TW and yours was in it, because I hear you with the need to not share all the time… I’m sorry to hear about your mother. I have to agree with the feelings about April and May, now that June is here, I’m setting up some new schedules with writing, and working on the business of writing… so here I am. I stopped by your writer/coach pages first – it looks so professional! I’m a little jealous… but I promised myself I’d focus on writing right now, and do the blogging part in a few months…. I really like the clean look of it. I’ll try to follow along once in awhile now that I know we are in the same writing circles.

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    • Hey Marissa! So happy to see you here at 4am! Thank you for your condolences. My mom passed away in September 2015, and I wrote about it a bunch of times on this blog, my way of coping I guess. It was tough because I was her main caregiver, and that relationship butted heads with the mother-daughter relationship. It was not easy. But I’m glad I was able to do it.

      As moms we have to look at the beginning of summer as the start of a new schedule. I get excited with that prospect, because I love starting new projects. But summer is only 2 months long here in NH so I have to be very efficient — not easy when I have the sun and the lake calling my name! 🙂

      You’re smart to focus on writing over blogging. Blogging is important, but I have found it is all too easy to turn to it when the writing lets you down.Prioritize and stick to it and you’ll be fine!

      Thanks for your compliments on my site. I’ve been working on and off it for a while. I still have some graphics I want to add, but I have to do that in my spare time … spare time? What is that???

      Thanks for swinging by! Stay in touch. 🙂


    • I have, thank you Andrea. I think I have to take lots of mini-breaks if I want to keep the blog going. I know all the gurus say we should be as consistent as possible and not leave the blog hanging for weeks at a time, but they must not be introverts with children to raise, jobs to work, houses to clean, books to write and edit, food to cook, and gardens to tend! 🙂

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  14. Well, as you might suspect from my absence on the blogging front, I’m right there with you on the desire (and need) to step back from social media. Especially the blog. I’ve long struggled with the simple fact that “a writer’s required presence” on social media results in far less writing of the creative variety that launched the social media presence in the first place!

    The day job and herniated discs only exacerbated my stultification. (Oh, I really have to work “exacerbate” and “stultify” into some character’s everyday speech! 😉 )

    Also, I’m afraid I’m just burned out with blogging (and constant social media presence), at least for now. I realized that fact when I couldn’t bring myself to reply to the last few comments on the last “open to commenting” post I did. Bad sign. And then Carrie announced she was leaving blogging to focus on her books. The writing, so to speak, was on my wall.

    So my field notes now are to reconnect with my characters and their stories. I don’t know how long it will take. But in the meantime, there’s painting and gardening to do while I search for that misplaced desire to write. I’m sure it’s still around here somewhere….

    And lest I forget, Book 2 of “Writer Uninterrupted” has just been downloaded! 🙂

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    • J. M.! I’ve been MIA as well and am just now finding my blogging voice again. It is rather raspy, but coming warming up. It seems that many of us who were as thick as thieve, say 4 years ago, burned out about the same time. I think Carrie bowing out hit all of us. She was everywhere and a formidable force in the world of blogging. I’m sorry to hear about your back. Hope you are on the mend!

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    • Carrie’s announcement hit many of us hard, I think. I will miss her dearly, as I have been missing so many bloggers whose journeys have inspired my own.

      Somehow, we will find our own best rhythm when it comes to social media and writing our stories. I do think there is room and time for both. As a freelancer, though, social media is necessary so I can’t stop blogging totally.

      I hope that you’ll find your creative spirit soon, JM. I know it’s been a struggle of late, but I think you’re likely going through growing pains as a writer. Soon, you’ll find your way!

      Enjoy your summer!


  15. Oh gosh, Kate. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. And here I just asked you about her. I totally understand the whole . . . Just. Be. Alone. thing. Ergo, I haven’t been blogging for about a year. Plus, I lost my writing voice for a bit. How wonderful about all the progress you have made on your various projects. It is amazing how much time you have when you are not reading blogs and commenting, and writing blogs and responding to comments. The void/vortex/blackhole fills up immediately with life. Especially with the death of a parent.

    My thoughts are with you and I am thrilled to reconnect~!


    • Thanks, Robin. I’ve been spending a lot of time handling her estate, with the help of my sister. That has taken up more time than I anticipated and ultimately affected my writing mojo. Blogging is the easiest commitment to put on the back burner, but the hardest to resume (for me). It’s like starting from scratch every time I come back to the blog as I’m not naturally chatty.

      So glad to see you in blogging force, Robin. I need to hear your voice! 🙂


      • I was the trustee for my uncle’s estate (which is finally closed) and now wrapping up my parent’s estate. I don’t have to tell you how many hours are spent on the phone (hold most of the time), forms there are to fill out, credit cards to cancel, etc. etc. etc. None of it hard really, but sooooooo time consuming. HOURS! And, my uncle’s and parent’s estate was pretty simple and well organized.

        It IS easy to put the blog on the back burner. Nothing about blogging is critical, except for giving one a creative outlet. I feel like I am starting from scratch too. And, as we discussed before, so many of our old blogging friends and faithful commenters have given up the ghost. I love hearing your voice too, Kate.


      • The one benefit to experiencing being a trustee/executor is that we learn how to set up our own estates so that our children and grandchildren aren’t burdened more than necessary. You’re right–none of it is overly difficult, but very time-consuming. I have had to cut into my freelancing time in order to handle her estate (which is not well-organized), so I’ve lost business opportunities and ultimately money. It’s very stressful — but quite educational!

        Have a great fourth!


    • Thanks, Kourtney. Every year my blog break schedule is different, at the mercy of my kids’ social lives. I hope to be more present on the blog this summer, having been AWOL this spring. But summer is historically the most difficult time for me to be consistent on the blog.

      I don’t want to get myself into a space where the blog has to go altogether, so approaching it day by day is my best choice right now.

      Glad to hear you have a blog vacation coming up. Enjoy yourself–you deserve it!

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      • Me too. It really depends on my release schedule for a book. Summer is a very slow time on blogs so don’t fret if you aren’t around much. It’s been very quiet in the blogosphere in July. Thanks. I’ll be writing on FB and Twitter, but taking a break from the weekly posting. 🙂

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      • I just re-read my comment that I hope to be more present on the blog this summer, and I have only posted twice in two months! lol. Good to know, though, that the blogosphere has been quiet anyway. I’m not missing too much! See you around Twitter and FB!


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