here, but not here

For the past ten days I have done almost nothing but write.

The dishes piled up for days, the house was untidy, unclean, and unorganized. I did just enough to make sure we all ate and got where we needed to be. But other than that? I have been writing.

I’m doing a writer workshop of sorts last week and this week for six hours a day. Two hours learning about the craft of writing + 2 hours of writing + 2 hours of workshopping that writing. I have an hour drive there and an hour drive back. At home I write some more.

Some of the pieces you have seen. This and this and this and this and this.  Plus I reworked some things that I had posted in the past. Many things have become poems that I may or may not post.

There are also many pieces that I will probably never share.  They are just too…close.

One of the things we were told was that good writing goes for the jugular.  Well there were a few times that I didn’t just go for the jugular, I went for the nuts too.  Writing like that is exhausting.

I am exhausted.


But it’s good.  I needed this kick in the ass.  I needed this push to be better.  I had gotten in a rut and I had lost faith in my writing abilities.

The past ten days have reminded me that I have more to draw from than I had previously thought.

It may be painful; it may be hurtful; it may be something I’ve been avoiding, but it’s there.

I have two days left.

Bear with me.

I hope to get back to my emails and my twitters and my facebooks and my reader and my blog reading and my whatever elses in this social media world once I get my portfolio completed and sent away.

Until then…I will be writing.


One of my pieces is at Motherhood Unadorned today.  I am talking about one of my current challenges of being a mom:  the depression.  Please head over and let me know what you think.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Love that you are writing and writing hard. xoxo

  2. LOVE that you are finding that confidence in your writing again. We’ll all be here when you come “back” 🙂

  3. I am so happy to read that you are writing and writing. WOW.
    (I will be taking a course with Gotham Writers this fall and now I can’t wait)

    I love your words, as another writer, I know that when you tap that creative part of yourself and let it flow, it feels so good. I’m just so happy that you’re sharing it with us.

    WRITE my sweet friend!

  4. STill here and waiting for you Momma…always. Go for the testicles. Maybe a taco too.

  5. SO glad to hear that you’ve found your writing mojo again. It was there all along – you just needed time to find it. So yay. We’re still reading and will be around to support whatever you decide to set free.

  6. =)

  7. Write it, girl! I’m so glad you’ve had this opportunity!

  8. I’m happy for your words whenever, wherever, whatever.

    You get your writing on, lady.

    We’ll still be here.

    No matter how close you get…

  9. You work it, sista!

    I think you are an incredibly gifted writer, period.

  10. Words are powerful and I’ll read anything you have to write! xoxo