Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

This Literary Mama Is Going Back To Work

Ah the peaceful afternoons filled with writing-ruminating-Facebook-checking. If you still got them, enjoy them. Mine are about to go.

It’s one more week at home for me. And then — after ten years with my kids and my writing, this literary mama is going back to work. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’ll be working as a local editor, in charge of news coverage for a small town neighboring mine for a pretty awesome online news network owned by AOL called Patch.com.

I am signing a temporary contract for three months, until end of June, a we-shall-see kind of thing. I don’t know why then it feels so much more permanent. It feels like my life is changing.

And, having moved all my life from one city to another, having tried this and that, I have to say, I’m a bit hooked on change. I am getting quite thrilled and excited!

What does this mean for my writing though? Because this, my friends, isn’t going to be your grandmother’s 9-5 day job. Now I am going to sound like every other working person out there, trying to prove to the world how hard THEY work, but it’s true. This gig is going to be intense. I already know it, because I have tried it last summer for mere six days, I think, covering for an editor on vacation. Some of you may remember, because I blogged about it right here

So I already know, my day is going to be a whirlwind of news, town meetings, planning-zoning, police reports, interviewing-editing-writing-photographs, pen rushing maniacally against the skinny page of a reporter’s notebook.  That, plus, my two lovely kids of course, who will still need to get picked up from their bus stops (well, the younger one, anyway), driven to their respective activities, doctor’s appointments. Then of course, there will be dinner, and laundry and, you know, all that human everyday stuff.

So, you might be wondering, will I write?

Will I still eat chocolate? Take showers?

Yes. Yes, I will, on all three counts. God, I sure hope so. I am going to have to. I am going to have to find a way. Or it won’t be me anymore. This busy news editor running-around person. It will be some different sort of Katia. Maybe she will be cool — cooler than me now, even. But if that person doesn’t write — and by “write” I mean wrestle with characters, build and re-build plots like bridges, etc. — if this Katia doesn’t write, then, not to sound overly dramatic here, but then this Katia will simply vanish.

She will no longer exist. She will not be here. (Or, she will go to sleep for three months. Because if I cannot write, then at the end of three months this job will be over). 

So, on a positive note, let’s hope this doesn’t happen and I find time to write 🙂

Now — deep breath in — what about the Magic Mirror?

Remember how just a few weeks ago I was blogging about possible posting here more often?


“Mentsch tracht, Gott lacht”:  Have you heard of this Yiddish proverb?

It means: “Man plans, God laughs.”

So, ha-ha! I swear I can hear God from up there, right now.

Seriously, though? I don’t want to stop blogging altogether. This just became too big a part of my life. Maybe it isn’t as big as writing, but it connects me to it. If nothing else, maybe checking in with you guys once in a while will give me that extra motivation to keep this part of me alive — to keep me alive.

Just… don’t expect my posts to come too regularly. Allow for randomness and lack of schedule. Sometimes I think a little chaos in my life could be a good thing.

So, I promise not to disappear! I hope you guys stick around, too.


This Katia


March 8, 2012 - Posted by | Writing Mirror | , ,


  1. Katia, you’re already very cool in my eyes. Congrats on the new job! Sounds exciting and just right for you.

    Yes, it will be a change. And yes, it will take some adjusting to manage a little time for your own writing, but even if it’s 15 minutes a day, you can try to keep at it. Just don’t beat yourself up if you skip a day or two because you’re tired or you’re running around with the kids.

    And as for the blogging, we all go through crazy times when we simply can’t blog regularly. We’ll still be here for those times when you can check in.

    Comment by Joanne Fritz | March 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Ha! Thanks Joanne 🙂
      How did you pick up on the fact that this job really does seem to fit my personality?? That’s what everyone keeps saying! Incidentally, I totally believe there is nothing wrong with writing for fifteen minutes a day. Thanks for being here for me!

      Comment by Katia Raina | March 9, 2012 | Reply

  2. Congrats on the job and I hope you find a balance with everything.

    I’m subscribed to your blog, so when you do post I will stop by. 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

    Comment by Medeia Sharif | March 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Medeia, you as a teacher, have to do some pretty big balancing yourself, I imagine! People like you and Joanne are my inspiration for the journey I am about to embark on.

      Comment by Katia Raina | March 9, 2012 | Reply

  3. You know we’ll be waiting for you when you can get here! Huge huge hugs and good luck for the new job 🙂

    Comment by Sarah Pearson | March 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I know, I know, cause you guys are THE best!!! xoxo

      Comment by Katia Raina | March 9, 2012 | Reply

  4. I’d be so sad if you were to disappear. But you’ve got a good head and a great heart I’m sure you will not vanish. Really glad you have the 3 months to try it on.

    Comment by joycemoyerhostetter | March 18, 2012 | Reply

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