I’ve Been Whupped

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-red-boxing-gloves-image2289425Folks, I’ve been whupped: by two wonderful but needy children, by a week of no preschool due to snow–during which my 4 year-old and I both had the flu–by a job I love but is a lot of work (yes, husband: I hear you. I know I shouldn’t assign so many papers, ’cause then I wouldn’t have to grade them).

Whupped by my final semester of graduate school (where I want and hope and try to stay engaged and productive), by this wonderful new weekly writing deadline (i.e. my new newspaper column), by a house in which the mess multiples like Hydra’s heads, by writing the next novel in any spare (ha!) moment I have, and by always–always–wanting to be in every single place at once, so my family won’t miss anything.

But I am missing things. So I’m not signing off here, but just stepping back a little until the summer. My posting will be sporadic, but I’ll be sure to link to my weekly newspaper columns when and if they’re available online, and I’ll keep y’all posted with any other writing updates. As always, I’ll drop in if I see something too great not to share. I will also try to update my author Facebook page with news and maybe share a little on my Pinterest boards (I’ve recently posted new stuff there).  

I hope you’ll forgive me and stick with me! And please don’t be a stranger: I want to know what you’re reading and doing outside in the great big world!


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3 Responses to I’ve Been Whupped

  1. Bev Bush Klingsick says:

    Hi Katie —

    Good for you for taking a break!

    I must tell you that reading your posts & seeing the pictures of your dog, desk, kids, and sick self
    . . . . . well . . . . . I was feeling absolutely exhausted!
    And that was just vicariously!!
    I kept asking myself, “How is it that this girl is such a superwoman and I am such a couch potato?”.

    And THEN . . . on top of everything else . . .
    I read your two wonderful columns in the Greenville News.
    Sheer exasperation.
    “How can this girl do so much, and do it so darn well???!!”
    I was ready to just admit defeat & crawl into the deepest darkest hole I could find.

    So . . . . . today, reading that you’ve been “whupped” . . . . .
    I need to say “Thanks, Katie”.
    I no longer have to ask myself these questions.
    I can get back on the couch.
    And my non-productive life can & will go on above ground.
    You ARE human, after all.

    Much applause and appreciation for all you do.
    I will continue to enjoy your writings, whenever your time & sanity allow.

    Bev Klingsick
    (friend of your parents at Lake Cherokee)

  2. scout2011 says:

    Dear Bev,

    Oh, you made me smile and laugh reading this! Thank you! Truth is I’ve always had a probably with wanting to do everything. It used to just wear out everyone around me, and now it wears ME out. And honestly–I’m not doing it all well, which bugs the heck out of me. So it’s time to step back. Today I spent an hour on the floor with my 9 month-old, not thinking of anything but her and listening to her giggles and soaking up her smile. And it was wonderful … exactly what I should’ve been doing.

    It makes me so happy to know you enjoy my writing. Thank you for reading it! I hope to see you all soon. Actually, I’ve got an event at Mountain Lake Grill on March 30 (the grill is right next to the Mountain Rest Post Office), so if y’all are at the lake and want to get out, please come.

    All the very best,


  3. scout2011 says:

    That would be “problem,” not “probably.” See–trying to do something else too fast.