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Back to School and Empty Scribblers

Posted by on 3 September, 2012

Welcome to my little corner of cyberspace. Come on in, have a seat and grab a book! Now that you’re comfy let’s talk about writing. Here I’ll share my passions, my peeves and the insanity that is my writing…what? Hobby? Not exactly, I do it more than I would any hobby. Second job? Perhaps, but I don’t think Revenue Canada would consider it gainful employment in my case. Obsession? I swear I do not talk to myself. Well…I don’t talk back at least. What then? Is there a label to define what writing is to anyone who cannot exist without it? Probably not, but I’m willing to explore it some if you’ll indulge me.

I am never more productive than in the fall.

I’m sure everyone has their favourite time of year and I’ve often wondered why. Is it a temperature preference? For me that’s definitely true. I’ll take cool fall breezes over stifling heat any day of the week. Clears the mind and refreshes the soul.

Perhaps it’s routine, calling us back to our school days when we said we didn’t want to return, but secretly longed for it. There’s something about unused school supplies that excites my creative side. All those unsharpened pencils and empty exercise books beckon me. Even in grade school I loved that first unused page of a blue Hilroy scribbler. There was something about that first page with the cover wrapped so perfectly around the back. It was never right again until the last page, and by then the book was just messy.

I am always eager to visit Staples with that school supply list. And it’s not because I long for the kids to get back to classes (mostly not anyway), it’s because I love a shopping cart full of this stuff. I will not comment on how extra Sarasa Zebra gel pens and new journals end up amongst the stash. (Hands up) It wasn’t me, I swear.

Either way, September is here and I’m chomping at the bit to write new material and even edit old! You know you got it bad when!

I love writing. I love doing it, reading it, talking about it and hearing other’s thoughts on it. So once again, welcome. I’ll try to share useful information and I promise not to ramble…much.


6 Responses to Back to School and Empty Scribblers

  1. Scribe Wench

    Dear Ms. Robbins,
    That is a great commentary on getting creative and very timely as I sit in front of my laptop with a brand new notebook open to to the first blank page with a sarasa pen strewn carelessly across it. And the air is a little cooler today, definitely better for thinking. Now, all I need is to string 60,000 more words together with my first 22,000…. and voila – a finished manuscript. 🙂

    • katerobbins

      Thanks Scribe Wench! I am aware of this 22k you speak of and anxiously await the remaining 60k. (Eagerly rubs hands together)

  2. Bev Pettersen

    Great post! I love my little darlings but summer is tough on writing. Nice site.

    • katerobbins

      Thanks Bev! Yes, summer’s awesome, but productivity is too. Finding that balance is a challenge sometimes. Nothing like a cool fall breeze to clear out the summer daze hey?

  3. Erin Kellison

    Congrats on launching the site! I am best in the fall myself, so I know exactly how you feel. I can’t wait to read more here–I’d love to find out what you’re working on! Big hugs and high five for taking this step.

    • katerobbins

      Thanks Erin! I have a couple of nuggets from each novel posted on the Highlander Novels page. If I get brave, I might post some more later on. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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