Yesterday, I came home from two days away at a writer’s retreat. I use the singular form of writer’s as there was just one of us there. Me. It was a do-it-yourself retreat.

I planned it for two reasons. First, I was stuck with my second book. I had a…


So let me ask you this: a cleanse isn’t a tough concept, right? Like, if I say — hypothetically — “I’m doing a 10-day smoothie cleanse. I’ll have smoothies for all my meals for the next 10 days,” that’s pretty clear, right?

I’m asking for a friend.

My “friend” has…


Candy, candy, everywhere / Chocolate dark as ink / Candy, candy, everywhere / Pour my smoothie down the sink (with apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

Day 7 was Halloween. In years past, when my kids were still trick o’ treating, my strategy on candy was to buy the stuff I…


So it snowed today.

Yeah, snow. In October.

Don’t get me wrong, I love snow. I love watching it fall. I love getting snow days (back when I was commuting, that is), and I love how it looks covering the trees when I take my dog into the woods for…


I miss food.

The thought popped into my head on Day 4, when I was driving my two kids home from our bi-annual teeth cleaning. It was sneaking up on lunchtime, and my daughter asked — as she does pretty much every day — “what can I have?”

As I…


If you’re keeping score at home, you know that Day 2 was record-breaking awful. So it was with trepidation that I rose in the wee hours (to me, if the clock still shows “6” as its first number, it’s the wee hours) of Day 3. It was Tuesday, which meant…


I love my “wake up time” in the morning, to the point where you mess with it at your own peril. Normally it looks like this: I pad downstairs in my pajamas about an hour before I need to start getting ready to be where I need to be and…


Yesterday, I shared my commitment to doing a 10-day smoothie cleanse to help mitigate my Meniere’s Disease symptoms…and to get back at those mean programmers at Wii.

I don’t actually know if I have Meniere’s yet — my specialist appointment isn’t until after the cleanse ends — but all the…


I’m a lifelong and incurable bookworm. Mostly, that translates to me reading lots of fiction (currently Lucy Foley’s The Guest List), with the occasion memoir or a crackerjack story from history (ie: Devil in the White City) thrown in. But every now and again, when something affects me deeply and…


The day after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was a rough one for me. It was next-level exhausting after nearly four years of escalating crazy. …

Kerry Crisley

Writer querying women's fiction. Wife. Autism mom. Dance mom. Rescue dog mom. Lover of books & nature. Views are mine. She/her

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