An Open Letter to Writers Everywhere

Dear Writers Everywhere,

Something that I’ve had on my mind recently is writing.  By “recently”, I mean in the past couple weeks(when I haven’t been blogging….), and by “writing” I mean blogs, newspapers, books- all the different forms, but especially the book part.

What has held my fascination for so long is my admiration for fictional story-writers.  All other writers are great in their own right, I am not saying fictional story-writing is the only good sort of writing by any stretch.  It’s just the one category that I find particularly enamoring because it’s the one I feel completely incapable of doing!  I’ve done pretty much every other kind of writing I think- research papers, poetry, speeches(very few of those, thankfully), and even short stories.  But whenever I try to do a full-blown chapter-after-chapter story, I find that I am without material.  Call me unimaginative.  Maybe it just means I’m not a very good writer.  Either way, it can’t be done, so I have a deep appreciation for fictional story writers, especially the ones who write well AND have a good story.

I think for most people, writing takes at least some effort.  You can tell me if you think I’m wrong, but it’s my opinion.  At the very least, it takes some thought.  Research papers take research and a lot of time and thought.  Poetry takes rhyming skills, imagination, and time and thought.  Speeches take at least some boldness to speak them to the crowd(and some time and thought- otherwise your audience will be disinterested).  Short stories take time, imagination, and more thought and more effort!

Now with fictional stories, you don’t have a limit on how long your audience will listen to you speak(although it’s a good thing to keep their attention!), and you don’t have any history/facts to use for your writing material like there is for a research paper.  There’s no rule for rhyming the words….You are pretty much all on your own creating content for a story.  This is what fascinates me….

It’s fascinating that you can keep all your character’s personalities straight as you write the story and keep them true to character.  It’s fascinating that you can write one chapter at a time, focusing on the “now” of the story, while still keeping in mind what you will need to accomplish for the twists and turns later in the story.  It’s fascinating that you have the imagination to come up with a story so different from anything else out there that it is worth reading versus some other story.  It’s fascinating that you don’t get bored with the story after a while, and give up).  I think that’s what I’ve done with pretty much every story I started to write- I came up with what I thought was a BRILLIANT beginning, but had nothing to follow it. I’m obviously just fascinated. 🙂

So thank you to all writers out there for being who you are.  I promise I appreciate all your work, whether it’s fictional, poetry, biographical, or one of the many other types of writing!  Reading your writing makes life more interesting.  Thank you so much for putting your thoughts, imagination, work, and time onto paper(or a computer screen).

And then there are editors and illustrators…..But I’ll save that for some other time. 😉  Have a wonderful rest of your week, and keep on writing!

March Madness

Here is a whole bunch of madness, exciting, out-of-the-ordinary stuff that happened in my month of March, that has absolutely nothing to do with an orange ball dressed in black stripes….I apologize for disappointing you basketball fans.

  • I got a whole bunch of new knitting magazines for under $20(it gets more interesting, I promise)
  • The girls in my family(and little brother, because he couldn’t stand to be left behind) all went to go see “Cinderella”  I liked it quite a bit!
  • My dad got a new job!  This is good because he was not happy at his last job, and needed a greater sense of accomplishment.  So yay for him. 🙂
  • My brother got a new job! Yippity-doo-da for him as well. It’s nice to have happily employed relatives. 😉
  • My sister has a new job- dressing up as a princess for birthday parties.  Totally not a job I ever saw her being excited about, but maybe I misjudged!  And there is more to it than that- she’s an intern for event-coordinating, just what she wanted!
  • I stayed at my job, it makes me happy and is a good place to work…..I just thought you’d like to know that I did not get a new job
  • I met a famous guy who came into the place where I work, although I’m not disclosing who it was because he’s already famous enough, so he doesn’t need anymore advertisement here
  • My family is enjoying the presence of little ones in our home again- we have two little girls staying with us for a couple weeks and are learning just how out of shape our little-kid-chasing muscles are
  • There was a high-speed chase on a highway my dad and I were traveling on, and we nearly got involved in it(thanks very much to the young man who nearly hit us while he was playing tag with the cops), AND we got to see the aftermath when we caught up to the party while moving with traffic.  Mr. Naughtiness was being led away by the cops.  I’m glad we got to see the results. 🙂  I’m also quite ecstatic that we didn’t die.  You can check out the whole thing here. And if you watch the video, my dad and I were passing the scene right about 02:10, but you can’t see us…. Oh well.
  • We got chicks!
  • I got my first two Liebster awards
  • My cousin released his new album- Heroes in the Making Check it out!
  • The color green made an appearance in our yard(and other places too…) again- it’s kind of the opener for spring- the main attraction 🙂 I’m pretty hyped about it
  • One of my sisters made it to 14 years old, and did it with flare
  • I went bowling, and thoroughly embarrassed myself.  But it was with friends, so I enjoyed it anyway!
  • There were several people in jail who I talked to on the phone(it comes with my job), and one was trying to give me advice on said bowling, and the other wanted me to take him partying when he comes to visit!  Haha, no.  Both of them freaked me out by calling me by name- someone in my workplace was nice enough to share that information with them, without informing me….
  • My family and I watched “Big Hero 6”  *fist bump* Fa la la la….. I apologize if you don’t get that reference, it’s from the movie, which I can recommend fairly highly!
  • I talked with a Ms. Smith on the phone(at work again), who seemed to think that someone should recognize her by her last name. Sorry to disappoint, but um….  And no, her name isn’t changed for her protection.  That is her name, and you still have no idea who she is….That makes two of us!
  • I finally made it to 100 followers….plus a little. Thanks a million!!! Well, really just a hundred, plus a few more. 😉
  • Our garden was planted…..on our dining room table.  Before you raise an eyebrow, we put them in seed-starter thingys which have a much tidier appearance then a pile of earth plopped on the table.  They (supposedly) transfer to real dirt easily.

Next week’s post should probably have something to do with knitting in it….I haven’t shared anything about that in a while now, and just realized it. *sigh* Oops.  Well, I’ll leave you in suspense about what exactly the subject shall be, but it will mostly involve needles and yarn of some sort. 🙂  I hope you had a great March, and are springing into April happily!  Until next week, TTFN- Ta ta for now!  Let me know what you did in March, I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like….

Everyone’s sick.  Merry Christmas.

Last Tuesday, my sister came down with a sore throat.  It developed into a lovely cough, and irritating fatigue.  Being that I share a room with her, the likelihood of me catching it was pretty high.

Sure enough….Thursday I woke up with a sore throat.  The rest of the viral plague took longer to set in, so I went to dance that night, and work the next day!  Thankfully, my job isn’t too terribly tiring.  However, it still wore me out.

When my dad and I got home from work Friday night, everyone else in the family was down with it.  My sisters and I were still really hopeful that we could stick it out, and perform the next day at our Christmas dance performance.  That didn’t happen.  Most of us woke up Saturday feeling even worse.  All the same symptoms- sore throat, cough, fatigue.  General nastiness.  I continued to be thankful that there was no runny/stuffy nose involved- I’ll take a sore throat over that ANY day.  Anyway, we all spent most of the day lying around in varying degrees of consciousness.  That is, except my dad, he hasn’t gotten it yet.

I can’t remember a time where I was as fatigued as I was on Saturday.  Even after spending most of the day dozing(which rarely happens to me), I still had a good nights’ rest!  I would’ve been terribly disappointed if I hadn’t, so it worked out for the best. 🙂

Sunday was much better.  Most of us were able to sit up and laughter reentered the house.  So much so that my roommate and I were quite slap-happy for most of the afternoon.  Coughing and sleeping were still the most accomplished actions of the day though.

Monday….Monday is kind of blurry, but everyone was still doing quite a bit better.  But….I noticed that everyone started developing runny noses, including me. Sigh….

Tuesday we all were doing things like normal, and even eating regularly!  The sickness had taken away the desire to eat, because we weren’t miserable enough.  Not that we could eat any of them, but we started baking Christmas cookies for friends too!  It was a pretty good day.

Thankfully, we got this over before Christmas!!!  I can think of worse things to have on Christmas, but no sickness at all is optimal.  So now we can put away the table decorations- Vitamin C, Garlic, Colloidal Silver, cough syrup, cough drops, and my mom’s assortment of homeopathic remedies.  Oh!  And we can’t forget the good ol’ GermX and disinfectant wipes.  🙂  Our little gingerbread house candle centerpiece is going to be so, so lonely.  However, the rest of us won’t mind a little separation from all those things.  Yes, they’re great to have around when there’s sickness, but we are ready to be done with them!

So, my family and I have just one more thing to be extra-thankful for as we celebrate Christmas this year- health!  Added bonuses include some weight lost and very toned, tight abs from coughing!  Who can complain?

We are also SUPER-excited that my brother is coming home from Iowa on the 23rd.

It’s beginning to look like we’re going to have a great Christmas.  Now, if we could only get just enough snow to have a white Christmas…. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate), and a very happy new year!

Answering a Switchboard

For a university that I worked at, as a summer job.  It was hardly ever boring to answer the phone as the campus operator…. Here are some of my favorite phone calls-

“Is Katy there?”  We are on a huge campus, and you want to know if Katy is there?  I got a few calls like that- first name only and that was the entirety of what they knew about the person.

“What can you do for the average middle-class American?”  Yes, I was asked that.  After a 5-minute explanation on her part, I really wanted to say, “Well, I can transfer you to someone who can help you, and your average middle-class American-ness”, but being the polite operator, I just told her I understood, and transferred her.

“Do you know if a baby was born at the Medical School?”  Umm….probably?

“Who would I talk to about body donations?”  It took me a while to get used to calls like that.

“Can I talk to the operator?”  Nope.  The only person that ever got mad at me on the phone wanted to talk to an operator.  Sigh.

“I called my doctor, and they aren’t answering their phone.  Do you know if they are in today?”  Well, yes, let me run down the hall and check.

“How long can my parents stay with me on campus?”  Let me transfer you to residential life….

“What is the address for the building I’m standing in front of?”  Yeah, uh….Can you describe it please?

“Are you on the third for of the center for advanced medicine?”

“Can you transfer me to *insert nickname here*?”  “……”

“Who’s number is this?”  My opening line is “This is **** University, how may I help you?” , and yet I got asked that all the time.

It’s a good thing I had people to laugh it off with, or I might be a very frustrated individual.  On the other hand, it always made work interesting. 🙂  And thank you to all the lovely people that called in with British accents and were so polite and respectful- every time I got a call from one of you it practically made my day, and made me wish I spoke like that…. 🙂

Answering the switchboard, while interesting, isn’t my favorite job-  I love working on things for my Etsy shop-  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToKnitorKnot1013?ref=shopinfo_shophome_leftnav.  Check it out if you want, you might find something you like! 🙂  Have a lovely day.