Thursday, September 2, 2010

Three Things for Thursday

1. Guess what my very thoughtful best friend gave me? A subscription to Writer's Digest! My friend, Becky, who is also a writer subscribes to it and thought I'd benefit from it, too. In the first issue that I received, I read a fabulous interview with Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, and read great articles on how to raise the stakes in your story. Thanks, Becky!
Do you subscribe to any writing magazines? Which ones do you find helpful?



2. Attention Teachers and Parents! SuperTeacherWorksheets.com offers a wonderful variety of supplemental educational worksheets including math facts, social studies, and reading comprehension. They even have fun puzzlers. Check it out! I recently sold a few to them. You can see one of mine about states here.


3. The kids are back to school. My baby is now in afternoon kindergarten, and I am facing long afternoons without him. For some reason, it's a difficult transition for me (luckily he is loving school), but I know I will be thankful for this extra time to concentrate on my writing without interruption once I stop moping. I am composing a daily schedule to help me not waste time and use the time productively. Any tips for me?

35 comments:

Caroline Starr Rose said...

My sister pays for my subscription every year. I love it!

Angela Ackerman said...

Hi Kelly!

I remember kindergarten was so tough for me to make that transition and will admit it took me a while to get into the groove of being productive writing-wise. I read a lot because I was just starting out, trying to learn more about what made a good book.

If I were to go back and give myself some advice, it would be to have a checklist of things I wanted to accomplish every day. That always helps me keep on track and make me feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Unrelated: I showed my 14 yr old your blog the other day, explaining how cool you are with your passion for rock concerts!

DEZMOND said...

oh, free afternoons, I'm sure you won't need much time to get used to those :))

Bish Denham said...

I'm sure you'll get more writing it. I did subscribe to Writer's Digest for many years, but it was alas, one of those small things I had to give up due to $$.

Matthew Rush said...

That's awesome! What a cool sister. Can't wait to hear about what you're accomplishing with all that time.

Stephanie Blake said...

My youngest is an afternoon kindie. It's tempting to go run errands after I drop him off. I'm doing my internet time in the morning. And from 1-3 pm I'm writing with no internet. Then, I plan to take a walk with the dog afterwards.

You should treat yourself once in a while with a kid-free trip, though. Or go out to lunch. Or browse the library without kids. It's fun.

Kelly said...

Caroline- What's better than a subscription to Writer's Digest? A free subscription! :)
Angela- Thanks for showing your son my blog!! A checklist is a good idea. I did household chores yesterday then read Linger for an hour. With my cold, I didn't think I'd be too creative writing, so I read!
Dezmond- I know I'll be relishing them soon!
Bish - I hear you on the $! Another reason I was so excited to get it as a gift!
Matthew - I should blog about my afternoon accomplishments and make myself accountable.! I'll feel pressured not to waste time!!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh, that's so tough when the kids go off to school! Fall always makes me a little sad because of it. Even though it does give you time to write and get things done, it's never been easy for me. As for tips, I'd leave the stuff you can do while the kids are around that doesn't require too much focus to when they're there. I'd reserve those hours while they're in school strictly for your writing.

It's not that I take my own advice, but it seems sensible to me. :P

Marcia said...

I used to get The Writer, Writer's Digest, and The Horn Book, not necessarily all three at once, but with everything on the internet these days the subscriptions were an obvious place to cut costs.

Once all my kids were in school, my writing time really opened up. That's when my really productive years began. Go Kelly!

Hema P. said...

I like Writer's Digest -- I don't subscribe to it, but I sometimes check it out at the library. Hang in there, Kelly! Long afternoons with no kiddies needing attention is bound to only get better (hope your li'l ones don't read comments in your blog ;-))!

Kelly said...

Stephanie- I know the sadness will rub off. I treated myself to an hour of reading yesterday afternoon but after I completed a mindless but needed chore!
Carol- I will try your sensible advice!
Marcia- I am hoping to finally finish my mg ms once and for all this month!
Hema- I really do know it will get better, it's just hard for now. I am looking forward to all that I will get done eventually!

Kelly said...

Stephanie- I know the sadness will rub off. I treated myself to an hour of reading yesterday afternoon but after I completed a mindless but needed chore!
Carol- I will try your sensible advice!
Marcia- I am hoping to finally finish my mg ms once and for all this month!
Hema- I really do know it will get better, it's just hard for now. I am looking forward to all that I will get done eventually!

Denise said...

When I left the bank, I had to create a new schedule for myself. I felt a little lost with out my normal routine. I decided that I would work out at certain time of day, start sales calls at a certain time. I made my self stick to it for a little while until it became natural. Good luck and can't wait to hear about little boy's first week at kindergarten.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I've been thinking about getting a subscription to Writer's Digest, but I guess I keep hoping Tahereh's Querypolitan becomes real! Ha ha ha! :-)

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, the only thing you should do is enjoy. My youngest started K yesterday and I have 30 precious minutes to myself after work. I don't care what I do with them. They're MINE.

Kimberly Franklin said...

I want a subscription to writer's digest so bad. I might just have to order it as another (secret) birthday present to myself.

Kelly H-Y said...

That is a very, very wonderful friend indeed!

adrienne said...

It's so tough when the baby goes to kindergarten, but you'll enjoy the free time.

If I had to give one piece of advice, it would be to take a class. Learn something new. It's easy to let time go by and forget how uplifting that can be.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I suggest TPR! Of course! Moping? Well at least you are not mooping. You'll have to save that for the after writing chats!

But I feel for you! It is a major transition. Give yourself a week or two before forcing yourself to be productive.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

How sweet of Becky! I get a regional SCBWI newsletter, the national one and the Children's Writing Institute Newsletter. The CWI newsletter has craft articles and market news. It's really good!

Katherine's back at school and once we are regrouped from all the summer (ahem) fun, I'll get a schedule going...Last year I took her to school, went to the gym, ran errands on the way home, showered, napped, wrote, picked her up, helped with homework, and did wife/mother kind of stuff for the rest of the evening....I'm sure it will be the same except for now instead of watching tv...I read/write blogs. :)

Enjoy your kiddos while you have them 12 years of school sounds like a long time, but to our surprise we only have 4 left...They've zoomed by!

Anita said...

Here's my tip: Use only the last 15 minutes of your time alone for busy tasks--the rest of the time is for Y-O-U!

C.R. Evers said...

awww!!! what a sweet friend!

((((hugs))) for your kindergarten kid. That'll be me next year.

Christina Lee said...

That IS a good subscription to have! Maybe you'll earn to love the school hours like I do ;--) but*hugs* it is tough at first!

Laura Pauling said...

Someday I'll get writer's digest. My family keeps wanting to buy me Good Housekeeping though. Hmm.

My kids are in school all day now. So I have to have a scheduled day. During afternoon K - I came home, went running, and then spent time writing. The time seemed very short.

Patricia A. Timms said...

Writer's Digest is great, even online.

My middle child is in morning kinder. Since this is my second time around for kindergarten (and I have a third child so I'll have one more shot at it) I wasn't as sad that he was going to be gone as I was excited, knowing that he's growing up. And then one day while I was volunteering in the kinder class another mom was saying how sad she was to leave when volunteering was over and I guess I had an apathetic look or something that made her say, "oh, you must have older kids so this isn't that big of a deal for you." And then I got sad that my oldest got all of my heartache and now I'm just another mom with older kids who must not care as much when the others go off to school. Weird realization.

It's good to be where you're at enjoy this time.

Solvang Sherrie said...

What a great present! I have no tips to offer. I'm still trying to get organized myself...

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out. How cool you wrote some sheets for the site.

I had a hard time adjusting when my youngest started Kindergarten. At the start of each school year, I miss spending time with my kids. But now I try to take advantages and get more writing time in when I'm home.

Rena said...

Enjoy your free time, Kelly and good luck with your writing! Off to check out your link ...

Dawn Simon said...

What an awesome gift!

September is interesting. I always get hit with a "look how old my babies are getting"/I miss the kids feeling mixed with excitement about having a schedule. No tips, but I totally get it.

Kelly said...

Thanks for all of your great advice and support, you wonderful people, you!!

Suzanne Casamento said...

I wish I had some tips for you! Not every knowledgeable in the parenting department. I'm sure you'll get into a routine soon. :)

Jackee said...

All three things I needed to hear about! Thank you, Kelly!

I've been waffling whether to buy a WG subscription, now I'm even more tempted. My middle one just started preschool at the same time the baby takes a nap. I'm overwhelmed with the writing time! And... I needed some more worksheets and activities for reading comp help for the oldest so thanks!

Have a lovely evening!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I love Writer's Digest! Becky is a good friend indeed. Enjoy your subscription! I also get The Horn Book Magazine, which I love.
Aww, good luck with the back to school transition. Sometimes I think it's more difficult for those not going back to school.

Jen said...

I need to look into snagging me a subscription, glad to know you're already in love!!!

I write all my blog posts on Sunday and it makes it TONS easier to move through the blogging week, lots less stress.

Bekah said...

Well, I don't get WD the magazine, but the website is really great. I have found betas and communities with fun discussions there : )