Mojo Monday: SNL’s “1920s Holiday Party”

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.

This one speaks for itself. Enjoy those holiday parties!

Mission Inspiration: This F’ing Hunger: #2

Here’s what I confessed on Facebook last night:

“Confession: I’m in one of those periods when I’m ready to chuck it all—teaching, eating, showering, blogging, Tweeting, trimming my toenails, etc.—to write.”

You! You’ve felt this, too, haven’t you? This f’ing hunger.


Mission Inspiration: Get Wowed: #1

When life gets crazy, inspiration shoots out the window. You look around, think, “man, oh, man…I’m pretty sure there was a little inspiration here yesterday.” But no, you’re running, and inspiration is nowhere to be found.

I’ve been racing around a lot lately—in my head, life, process, work, family, etc.—and as I hunker down into “maker mode” (remember?), I’m inviting inspiration back into my world. In any way it would like to arrive.

So I think I’ll share some of inspiration with you, hoping it might make a difference in your day, too.

The first boost of “wow”?

This dream:

The other night I dreamed that both Anais Nin and Virginia Woolf had a writing ritual called “The Sixth Activity.” They each obsessively wrote about any sixth thing they did, said, or discovered. In one dream scene, Nin was writing about the sixth step in a long staircase. And in another, Woolf was writing about the sixth stone she found on a beach. Woolf also listened for the sixth word in all spoken sentences.

I woke inspired. How could I not?


Join Me on December 21 For a Talk About Global Writing Communities

A few days ago, I wrote about how I’m heading into “maker mode” and will be quieting down here on the blog for a bit. I imagined myself disappearing and hunkering over my metaphorical potter’s wheel, but since I wrote that and have been sinking into “maker mode,” I find myself more inclined to blog and to connect…just in different ways.

To this end, on Friday, December 21 (10 a.m. Pacific), I’ll be giving an interactive web-video talk at GlobalNiche about global writing communities. No matter where you are in the world, you can log in and participate live and in person. We’ll engage for one hour, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

Some aspects of the global writing life that I’ll be exploring:

  • how globalization and technology are changing the ways writers work, coexist, communicate, share, make change, create, and more
  • making sense of our cultural connections in the world
  • how writers whose lives/families/hearts/jobs straddle borders, time zones, and oceans can create, build, and nurture vibrant writing communities
  • innovative ways writers can use social media
  • #38Write (my monthly writing workshop for place-passionate culturally curious writers around the world )

The GlobalNiche community is a terrific one. So join me…join us…creative folks around the world who identify themselves as writers (fiction writers, nonfiction writers, journalists, etc.), as well as creative entrepreneurs, expats, repats, bloggers, travelers, artists, travel writers, and more.

Ooh, I’m loving “maker mode”! (now…back to my metaphorical potter’s wheel)

More Info:

  • To find out more about the nuts & bolts of GlobalNiche and how to access the conversation, click here.
  • To view the Facebook event page, click here.


Mojo Monday: Alice Munro Talks Books & Writing

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge (or better yet, catapult) you into writerhead.

A charming, inspiring conversation between Alice Munro and Diana Athill about books, writing, and what they’ve learned so far in life. Enjoy.

Making Time for “Maker Mode”

Back in July, I read Jonathan Field‘s post about heading into “maker mode,” a period of time during which he retreated from almost-constant contact with his followers in order to refuel and create new stuff & ideas. As he says here:

“I’ll have certain modest windows predefined for connecting and managing. The vast majority of my time, though, will be sacredly set aside for study, synthesis and creation. I’ll also be shifting my maker, manager and slacker blocks of time to best coincide with the natural rhythms that support each type of activity (more on this in an upcoming post).

“Time to make a more serious commitment to people and activities that not only make me smile, but also support my ability to bring my best to the world. To do more great work.”

As we head into mid-December and hurtle toward the holidays, I’m going to follow Jonathan Field’s example. For the next month or so, this blog will be pretty quiet. I’m going into maker mode.


For the past six months, I’ve been scrambling. I know, I know, we all scramble, especially those of us who are deeply passionate about something (for me, writing, helping others become better writers, exploring writerhead, etc.). But I’m scrambling so much that my left eye has a crazy twitch that makes me look like I’m winking at everyone I speak to (a sometimes embarrassing tic, depending on who I’m talking to). Believe me, it’s an unhealthy scramble.

So I’m taking some time to prioritize, consider what’s essential, prune, and yes, yes, yes, write.

I won’t disappear completely. I’ll continue to connect on Facebook and Twitter, for sure, so talk to me. And I suspect I’ll be pinning on Pinterest about my process.

If you need an extra fix of writerhead, check out my recent guest posts. Last week I was lucky enough to guest post on Russell Ward’s terrific blog In Search of a Life Less Ordinary and a few weeks before that The Displaced Nation.

And please, stay tuned! Change is fun, and I promise, after “maker mode,” things will be a’changing.

#38Write: Register Now For December’s “At the Party” Workshop

#38Write—my global writing initiative—is a monthly series of online writing adventure workshops for place-passionate, culturally curious writers around the world. Each writing adventure focuses on one particular aspect of culture, craft, or the writing life, and during each 38-hour adventure, writers connect with me and #38Write writers around the world via a Twitter hashtag (#38Write) and a group Pinterest board. Lots and lots of good work getting done.

Looking to add a little writing cha-cha-cha to your holiday season? The December #38Write workshop is the perfect spot to do so. Here’s how it will work:

  1. Register for #38Write.
  2. Let Kristin know when your party is taking place.
  3. Receive a suggested reading list and your #38Write | At the Party! writing adventure guide from Kristin.
  4. Go to your party!
  5. Sip a little wine. Find out it’s cheap. Make a face. Trade it in for a whiskey sour.
  6. Sneak into the john & write about the cheap wine.
  7. Check out the shoes of all the women at the party.
  8. Send yourself an email from your phone about the silvery pumps with the red-hot bows (snap a picture, too, and add it to the #38Write | At the Party! Pinterest page).
  9. Listen to conversations buzzing around you. Take notes on your palm documenting the fight the super-tall couple is having about whether or not the gift they brought was culturally appropriate.
  10. Eat a few appetizers.
  11. Tweet a picture of your favorite! (using the #38Write hashtag)
  12. Eat a few more appetizers.
  13. Excuse yourself to the bathroom. Once safely locked in, jot a few notes about the party decor. Compare and contrast it to that of parties you went to in Budapest, Barcelona, and Boston.
  14. Dance. (No, no, no, not in the bathroom, silly! You can come out once you finish the notes about decor.)
  15. Snap a few more party pics. Pin them here!
  16. Talk to guests about their cultural expectations of the party. Tweet about how theirs compare to yours. (again, hashtag #38Write)
  17. Head home when exhaustion sets in or the host kicks you out (whichever comes first).
  18. Get a few hours of sleep (or not!).
  19. Write.

Ready to register? Grab your party shoes & click here!