A Writing Vacation

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 4 Comments

Beach sunriseI invited a writer friend over to share her preparation for vacation. Here’s what Kristy writes.


If you saw my bags right now, you’d think I was going on a business trip. I made my list yesterday and it looked a little like this:
* Chargers (Kindle, Phone, car, download cord for camera)
* Laptop and accessories.
* Folders for the stories I’m writing.
* Pencils, paper, Creative Call.

You see, I am going on vacation.
Yes, vacation.
To the beach.
All the craziness lately cries out for a break.

Except I am taking the necessary accouterments with me. It’s part of the job of a writer.

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.” ~Eugene Ionesco

I believe I have just proved that quote to be true.
And this is what my Sweet I Do said: “You get the privilege of taking it with you.” What sweet privilege that God has given me a portable gift.

I take this amazing, wonderful, crazy, thrilling, terrifying, horrible, boundless, full-of-blessings-if-you-allow-it gift with me to all places. It’s kinda like making sure we don’t check our Christianity at the door of the church when we leave on Sunday mornings, or Sunday evenings, or Wednesday nights, huh?

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” 
(Galatians 6:9 NLT)

Even on vacation.
Even in our day jobs.
Even when things are difficult and challenging and seemingly impossible.
Even when we don’t feel like it. apple seed

We have no idea how many apples are in one apple seed.

But God does. And He is the master of the harvest. Oh, when the harvest comes, please let me have difficulty lugging the bushels to His storehouses!

Writing on …

In His Grip,
Kristy Horine

Kristy has a beautiful, creative way with words. She sent this post as an e-mail message to her writers group and kindly agreed to let me post it here. As she was getting ready to go on vacation. I admire her dedication to her writing calling.

And I can identify with her packing for vacation. That was me this summer. Packed up the laptop. Made sure I had the chargers and more. Surely there would be time for some creative writing. Uh, not really. The beach was there on one vacation. The mountain trails on another. Besides, the more important thing, the family was there. I love to write. I think it might be great to take a writing vacation. Not a vacation from writing but a vacation to do nothing but write. But if I ever do that, I’ll have to go alone. Close myself up in a cabin somewhere and you know what? Then I’d probably go to sleep.

But Kristy is no doubt more self-disciplined than I am. She probably got all those stories written while vacationing. It is a blessing to be able to pick up your writing work and take it wherever you go. Sometimes a mixed blessing. Because Kristy is right about never being able to completely shut off your writing impulses. Everything you see or do is continually feeding that creative well inside you. Some things you’ll never draw out, but then some time, in some story you might just need that one particular thing you have seen or heard or experienced. That’s how writing is. Everything you’ve ever done, read or imagined mixed into a big stew pot of creativity.

Thanks, Kristy, for sharing your vacation preparations with us. But more than finishing those stories, I hope you found some days of joy with your family and sun filled peace for your soul.

About Kristy ~Writer, teacher, poet, artist, mother & wife Kristy Robinson Horine has worked as a journalist, studied through the Christian Writers Guild, and is now a freelance journalist. She writes for Kentucky Monthly and other magazines. Check out more of her beautiful blog posts on Write One Real Life.

Comments 4

  1. Melinda Priebe

    Thank you for replying to me sharing on your blog.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
    I am praying for the young teen that had the brain injury. Please keep me updated.
    Melinda Priebe

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Thank you for your prayers for Emma, Melinda. She is improving and they hope she will be able to go back to school after the Christmas break. She still has some short term memory problems but has been able to do schoolwork to catch up with what she’s missed.

      I did have a very busy and blessed Christmas with my family. Thank you so much.

  2. Melinda Priebe

    What was shared in this blog is very true. A writers mind seems to always be adding to that creative well.
    For nearly 12 years my creative well was what God used to keep me hoping that someday I’d once again be able to read novels and put those creative thoughts unto paper.
    I had a traumatic brain injury in 1996. Doctor’s told me I would probably never regain those abilities and my artistic talent. I told the doctors that God kept giving me creative ideas to paint and write and that showed me He would restore those abilities.
    My prayers were answered. I do have a published novel, but there are a few typo errors. I am in the process of an editor going over the book. After that, I will have it republished.
    You have an amazing talent. I pray you will continue to get awesome book ideas to write and also find quality time with your family and friends.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Melinda, what a great example of faith. So glad you were able to keep your creative side going with the Lord’s help. That’s wonderful. Trauma to the brain can be a difficult recovery. Right now we’re praying for a young teen whose grandparents attend our church. She had a severe concussion caused by an accident and has not yet regained her full abilities mentally. The doctors do hold out hope that she will, but meanwhile we’re adding our prayers to their treatments.
      Thank you so much for your kind words about my writing. I do hope to continue to get ideas for books and to be able to write those ideas in such a way that readers will enjoy the stories. And I do want that time with my family and friends too.

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