Thursday, September 4, 2014

Laziness in writing and vacation time baby!

I'm going to write possibly my last post for the next three weeks or so because not to get all excited, but



Don't you just hate people that say things like that? I do too. But...

Yeah, I'm sorry. Feel free to hate me. I was lucky enough to live in Germany for three years as a teen because of my dad's work with the LDS church. It was hard, painful, terrifying (not knowing the language and all and going to local Germany schools) AND the best thing that could have happened to me and I wouldn't change those years for anything.

So, what happens when I get married? (this is about fifteen years ago)...My parents take all my siblings but me back. I tried not to be jealous. It was hard. But hey, I got to babysit the cat for a while there, so that was fun. ALMOST as fun as going to Europe. So, when my dad passed away not quite two years ago my mom decided it would be a nice break to treat herself and my husband and I (also to make up for that trip lo all those years ago) and take us to Europe. We decided to wait until she was up to it, and here we are, ready to leave in just two weeks!

You don't feel bad about me going now, do you?


But that's all off topic. If I have to have a theme for this post it would be laziness.
Didn't expect that did you? Oh yeah, it's in the title of the post.

So, what does laziness have to do with writing? Well, I think it may be obvious. Sometimes, (and I hope I haven't written a post like this yet...probably I have, but I'm getting old...36 now, you know. Gettin' gray hairs and everything) when we are learning the rules of writing, what keeps us from following through? Why aren't our stories magically executed in perfection?


At least for me, I think this is it. Practice also helps. Sometimes we can't get it right the first time. But in all honesty, I think it's laziness and we don't even realize it.

Yes, I think I've written a post like this before. =) But this is on my mind all the time. I'm always pushing myself to not give up just because things don't seem to come out the way I want even after wishing on that sparkly star in the sky each night. I'm tellin' ya, it's not usual for those stars to come down and write your book for you. It sucks. What's wrong with them anyway? I mean, I took the time to talk to them and everything and not just stare up at them with manga anime eyes, adoringly.

Give it a try. If you're not executing things the way you've learned, take the time and really work on it until it comes out the way you like. The inspiration will come. I promise. And if it doesn't, I'll help you (not that I know much more than you do probably =).

Anyway, Adios, unless I find the time in all my packing and planning to blog again. And next time I'll be totally awesome and write something unique for a change. Eh?

In the meantime, tell me what you've learned lately. I'd love to hear. Or read, whichever...


David P. King said...

Enjoy your time in Europe. I seriously need to go there one of these days. :)

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Thanks! We loved it! And yes, save up and go. It's totally worth it.

obat infeksi paru paru said...

I seriously love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I'm trying to create my own site and want to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Cheers!

My blog:

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Thanks for your comment Obat! And thanks for the compliment =). Yes, I designed the blog myself. I used the templates, inserted pictures I found myself which I altered (in a way as not to infringe on copyright laws...although using and editing your own images would be better--perhaps I'll do it that way next time, now that I'm a little more experienced).

My themes/looks with this blog change with each project I work on. I previously went more feminine because my second book had a fairytale/girly vibe to it. This book, DEAD LIBRARY is almost all boy, so I wanted a look that would appeal to that type of readership.

I should do a tip page for creating blogs, I've had several people mention that, but blogspot is really user friendly. And FREE. Which is why I chose it. You can also find free blog backgrounds all over the internet. Choose one you like, copy the html and paste into your blog. They have directions on the websites that explain it so that it's fool proof.

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!