inspiration and work


I am currently teaching three classes–two online Mother Words classes and a prose revision class at the Loft–and I’m busy, especially when you add the girls and Stella’s spring break last week and writing and editing and family and friends (well, you get the picture). There isn’t enough time in the day to keep up.

But–and this is a huge but–I love it all. I leave my Monday night class at the Loft elated. What an amazing group of writers. They are both fiction and nonfiction writers, and each person brings a unique perspective to class. They are warm and funny and talented. And they work so hard–each week they come to class with new writing and different ways to approach their revisions. Last night I got home and was ready to dive into my own writing, but it was ten o’clock, and the girls get up early, so I opted instead for a glass of wine and a book in bed. (I just started Tracy Seeley’s new memoir My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas, which I’m already loving. Seeley’s prose is absolutely gorgeous. I’ll post more about that in the coming weeks.)

This morning, I read some of the wonderful writing and dipped into the discussions of my online students–two groups of brilliant, thoughtful, talented mother writers. And I even snuck in some of my own writing. (Just a little, but it was something.)

So, the sun is shining. I wrote. I taught. Now I’m heading home to work on my current editing project. And maybe I’ll even have time for a walk today. We’ll see. We’ll see. 

How is everyone’s work going? What is inspiring you today?


  1. It's funny Kate, I'm feeling the same way about teaching now, tired out and inspired by how much of themselves our students put into their work. I'm also frustrated with the State of Minnesota and how little our decision-makers value teaching and learning. I worry that after all of these budget cuts we will end up stupid and cold instead of just cold. That grant you helped me edit might provide some student fellowship money – so thanks again for your insights. So grateful to be able to tap into your talents!

  2. How nice, Kate, to hear so much hope and contentment. I am so glad too you are enjoying your teaching. Very nice.

  3. Kate, the last comment was from me Ines, just in case….

  4. Its so great to hear someone happy in their work. I battle daily with the exhaustion of childrearing and the desire to write – the former usually wins out unfortunately, but when I do get a blast of creative time, I come away on a high. AS a teacher it's lovely to see you are inspired as much as you inspire.. I wish I lived in the US! I would love to come to a class.

  5. I'm inspired to create a better writing routine, though today was surprisingly productive. I love hearing your energy… pass some this way, please!!

  6. Kristine, it was my pleasure, and I'll keep fingers crossed!

    Ines, thank you! I miss having you in class!

    Mummy mania, I'd love to have you in class sometime! And I know what you mean–it's such a challenge to juggle everything. (And you have 3!!)

    Kristen, you do the same thing for me!! Heading over to you blog now.

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