The Ruby-Shaped Hole in my Heart

On June 1st, around 3 pm, I noticed my dog, Ruby, trembling on the floor. I knelt down, and while it was clear she was aware of me, she didn’t move. I offered her a treat. She wasn’t interested, and that’s when I knew: Ruby was dying. She improved slightly, hobbling around the house with […]

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Writing Desk Tour

Inspired by Christine’s happy board tour, I thought I’d do my own. I share my office with Kurt’s hunting gear, a guest bed, and a closet full of coats we keep saying we’ll wear but never do (like my snowboarding coat *sniff*). I’ve curated a collection of inspiring and beloved items, mostly related to my […]

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My name is Kris, and I live with suicidal ideation.

I remember the first time I experienced suicidal ideation. It was my sophomore year of college, during my first depressive episode. I was sitting in my apartment, alone. I’m fairly certain it was a Friday night. It had been a rough day, though I don’t know the specifics. Every day that year was rough. I […]

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Writing Update 2019 Q2

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a writing update, and quite a bit has happened. So I’m definitely overdue. Feathers Sharp as Knives – After finishing the first draft in record time (for me), I sent it off to alpha readers for large-scale critique. Once I got those back, I started my second draft […]

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Breast is Best, Except When It’s Not

As I mentioned in my last post, I had my baby, Bean (not his actual name), on April 2nd. With my first two babies, I was induced with pitocin and had an epidural. I had great experiences both times, but this time I wanted to try having him without any medical interventions. Thanks to my […]

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Storymakers 2019

On Saturday, I attended the Storymakers Conference in Provo, Utah. I saw friends, went to classes, and this happened: It. Was. Amazing. But let me backtrack a bit. Because, as with all things, there’s a story behind this. Remember how I had a baby a little over a month ago? (Oh yeah, I haven’t posted […]

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2019: Let’s Do This

We survived the holidays. Whew. Don’t get me wrong–I love the holidays. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year, and I will never tire of its magic. But it’s also exhausting. Especially when you’re pregnant, as I learned this year. I put off any concerns that can wait until after Christmas. Like blogging. And […]

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