RSS

Category Archives: On Writing

#MondayMandela

As my youngest prepares for his role in the Living History Museum at school, one of the quotes from his hero seemed appropriate to share.–Kristin

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 4.27.40 PM

 
3 Comments

Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Africa Education, Quotes

 

Quote – I am only one.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 8.59.12 AM“…(T)here was a time when Keller was one of the most famous people in the world, better known even than presidents and kings. Circa 1920, she was perhaps the second most recognizable Westerner on the planet behind only Charlie Chaplin – also a radical who, like Helen, used his brilliance to speak for the unrepresented.”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Quotes

 

Tags: ,

All About That Writing, That Writing– No Distractions!

I’m singing to the tune of “All About That Bass.”

“I’m all about that writing, that writing, NO Distractions” in Majorca.

…like the 10 month old puppy?

Bella puppy invades one of my writing stations.

Bella puppy invades one of my writing stations.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 24, 2015 in On Writing, Travel

 

Tags: , ,

When Is Writing Not the Thing – Majorca Writing Retreat

The view from my writing station (photo below).

The view from my writing station (photo below).

When my host invited me to Spain to do a writers retreat together, I did not even know where in Spain she lived. It was definitely an Unexpected Blessing. What I knew was that my family’s move to Holland, arrival the week of school orientation, and busy schedule for my four sons and the settling into a new country had slowed my own writing to the pace of an inch worm–my own special form of writer’s block. Edits for others and publishing work were squeezed in here and there and even blogging about life as an expat in the Netherlands fit occasionally, but solid time where I was able to focus inward, to release my own creative impulses through written words were few and far between.

I refuse to let this year slip by without finishing the third novel in my series. The writers retreat is the time away from all other responsibilities to breathe life across the embers of characters, plots, and imagination. Although I did not finish the novel on my work-a-tion, the climactic scene came to me sitting on the balcony overlooking a Mediterranean bay on my first trip to Spain. Beyond the distractions of beautiful locale, walled-city market, sumptuous victuals, the writing is the thing.

One of my writing stations in Mallorca.

One of my writing stations in Mallorca.

Famous writers often mention how reading and writing dovetail. The only reading I brought was my own books, 2 novels and one novella re-read cover to cover, immersing myself in the world I created with the characters I was missing. Perhaps in a lack-luster environment I could have accomplished more, but what I got done was very satisfying.

Thank you dear friend for opening your home to me, talking writing every day, luring me out in the sun as needed, and being the ever gracious host and friend. Here’s to you and 23K+ words in seven days. And thanks to my husband who took the time off to spend with the children and encourages me in every way.

Writing would never be the thing without the people who make it possible.

Grateful. Every. Single. Day.

______________________

 Kristin King is an army wife, mother of 4 sons, author, publisher, president of a nonprofit, and American expat living in Holland. Her first series, Begotten Bloods (BB), is paranormal romance.

Unsinkable Vampire (BB .5)

Cain’s Coven (BB 1)

Death Taint (BB 2)

Works in Progress: Blood Siren (BB 3) and Christmas Consort (BB 3.5)

 

 

Tags: , , , ,

The Writing Couple

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 10.40.27 PMI clicked through to the full article from a A Passive Voice and found this tidbit embedded in the larger topic. The dream of “The Writing Couple” is one we look to as we both continue our day jobs–and this short commentary on living the dream spun my mind in lots of directions.

From Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

When Dean and I first met, we had several long talks about the problems of writer-couples. We knew some friends who broke up when one person in the couple became successful. (This isn’t limited to writers, by the way. Sometimes couples break up when one person in the relationship makes more money or gets a better job or gets more acclaim. I think it’s a sad side of human nature.)

Dean and I kept talking about this issue to make sure we were on the same page. That page was this: We’d stay together even if one of us was more successful than the other. More than that, we’d cheer each other on. As Dean said back then, one of us will always be more successful than the other one, but over a lifetime, it might not be the same person. And that’s proven to be true. Early on, Dean had more success—he’d sold a lot more fiction than I had. Then I became a critical darling (and the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction), winning lots of awards and getting great reviews.

That continued, but Dean out-earned me (by tens of thousands of dollars), and we both found that ironic. Because early on in our relationship, he cared more about acclaim, and I cared more about making a living. Yet, the universe made sure I had the acclaim and he made a better living. We’ve had all kinds of ups and downs in our careers. Then we had careers that branched out into their own smaller careers. Some of my pen names are more successful than others. (Now, that’s a weird feeling: one part of me is so much more successful than another part—and they’re both me!) Dean has had the same experience. And we have some interesting success as Kris&Dean (or Dean&Kris, depending on how you look at it). – See more at: http://kriswrites.com/2015/02/04

Related is this article of 10 Real Life Literary Power Couples, and other lists of Writer Couples in honor of the day. Happy Valentines!

_________________________

Kristin King is an author, publisher and US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and the first novel in the  Begotten Bloods Series is “Cain’s Coven.” Her husband, Ryan King, writes in several genres.

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 14, 2015 in On Writing

 

Tags: , , ,

Image

On Writing Quotes – Ernest Hemingway

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 10.30.16 PM

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 13, 2014 in On Writing

 

Tags: ,

Image

On Writing Quotes – Virginia Woolf

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 10.32.44 PM

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 10, 2014 in On Writing

 

Tags: ,