Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Every career has busy a season and it didn't take long to realize that this writer/mom/teacher combination just won't work during August and December.

It takes almost the whole month of August to retrain feral kids, launch them in to the school year, promote Science Time and celebrate my daughter's birthday.

December is December.  Holiday programs, Santa's workshop in the garage and kitchen, visitors, vacations and birthdays.

The first year that I was brave enough to call myself a writer and chain myself to the desk chair, I tried to work the year through.  Anything written during those two months had to be deleted and the family (myself included) was frustrated.

Now I know to shrink down to two careers and just take a vacation from writing.  Luckily being a writer is the most forgiving career.  Even though I'm not actively submerged in a manuscript, I can still advance my craft while taking "time off."

This year winter hiatus I'm going to try a little storytelling.  Eli at Mama's Coffee House has been wonderfully supportive and is lending me a venue.  What a great chance to spin some stories and watch my target audience at the same time.

I'm not going to read from any of the Titus and Annie stories but all of that Christmas Around the World research for Book 2 will definitely come in handy.

If your in the Charlotte area, come on out to Mama's Coffee House (716 Main Street, Pineville, NC  28134) on Tuesday, December 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Angelica said...

Hello, I am very excited about the storytelling this tuesday, but I'm not sure if it's age appropriate for my 2 year old twins, is it?? please let me know. thank you very much

Kristen said...

Angelica, thanks for your interest in the storytelling. You never know what children will enjoy. I work with 3 and 4 year old's during the week so I have geared the crafts and stories to their attention span. There is some room to entertain older kids and step the crafts up to their age level. If you children enjoy story hour at the local library, they may enjoy the atmosphere and sitting with the other children. Two year olds always surprise us and no one knows them like their mom's.