Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hello, I love you, let me tell you my name

Hello. My name is Kristin and I am a new contributor on Writers Rising (over on the sidebar I'm listed as kbxmas). I'm grateful to have a new venue to share my work and look forward to meeting some of the other writers here and reading what you've posted.

I've lived a hundred places, but Kansas has been my home for the last ten years. I'm a nonprofit professional who works too many hours, a mother of two exceptional kids (what other kind are there?), a sometimes world traveler, a wife, a neglectful housekeeper and a dreamer extraordinaire, and I write around the corners of all of this. My goal is to mother, travel, housekeep, etc, around the corners of my writing. I think that's a reasonable goal.

In my early twenties I developed an all-consuming passion for Australia and spent six months there, traveling and falling in love with the land, one stretch of empty red desert at a time. In my early thirties I moved to an island off the coast of Seattle and lived right next to the Sound. I walked along the water every day and saw seals and orcas and bald eagles and this filled me up. In my early forties I started writing again after a 15-year hiatus and realized I had been a fool to stop. Why do we ever stop doing the things that make us feel alive?

I get a lot of migraines so I spend a quarter of my life hopped up on Vicodin, or so it seems. While this causes me to run into walls and is a serious drain on my PTO, it doesn't seem to hinder my writing. Or maybe it does and I'm just too stoned to know. I've ordered a new head from Amazon but it hasn't arrived yet.

I'm a serious optimist. I really believe anything is possible if you think you deserve it (you do) and are willing to work for it. And by anything, I mean anything within reason, not being an astronaut at age 70 or sprouting wings or willing your boobs to grow six cup sizes. I mean don't sell your dreams short just because 95% of the world does. Believe in yourself and fucking drive one home or you.

If I were an animal I'd be a cat. Not the domestic variety. Something big and wild and a little lazy. If I were a pair of shoes I'd be something comfortable that you could wear hiking or to the market. If I were a body part I'd be a breast (size C). If I were a flower, I wouldn't be, I'd be a tree. If I were a sport I'd be luge. If I could fly, god I would.

I started a blog a few months ago and it has been a joy. I've made so many connections and met so many other writers from around the world and I think I love them all. Blogging makes the world small and accessible. My blog is called Wanderlust and if you want to know what I'm about, here are some of my more popular posts. Go on. Read it. It's better than sex.*  In the meantime I'm going to go check you out.

* Maybe, depending upon how good you are in bed.


Pat said...

You sound like a person I'd like to meet!

Re: your migranes. As a fellow migrane sufferer, I now take Topamax 2x day as a prophylactic and it has sure helped. And if by chance I DO have a migrane sneak up on me, then I pop an Amerge right on the onset of one. If it doesn't disappear in the first 20 minutes or so, I can take another one. THese usually do the tricks. For years I've lived on ibuprofen and they really didn't help. I FINALLY mentioned the migranes to my doctor after my liver enzymes were climbing higher and higher. Of course, topamax has a lot of side effects, as most drugs do, (one of them being loss of weight - which for SOME reason didn't happen to me damn it!) but to live in a heachache-free world is WONDERFUL.

Sorry to go on and on about it, but if you can get relief, it's worth it!

BTW - nice to meet you!

Katherine Jenkins said...

Nice to see you on here Kristin...looking forward to you posts! Wow. after that introduction, I believe they will be good...he hem..(clearing throat, steam coming out of my computer.)

kbxmas said...

Hi Pat, nice to meet you! I take topamax and sumatriptan (similar to Amerge, I think). Have the whole prescription pinata. And yet. I'm a tough nut to crack apparently. And yeah, the pounds aren't exactly melting off me either. &%$#@!

Thanks for the comment. Just returned from your blog. :-)

kbxmas said...

Hi Katherine, our comments crossed in cyberspace. Or maybe I didn't see it because of your steamy computer. And *oddly* I just returned from your blog as well (cue Twilight Zone music).

Thanks for the invitation and the welcome!

angelguided said...

Welcome! you sound like a lot of fun, I'll be visiting your blog for much needed sunshine :)


Hello! Welcome to writers rising. Ooh looks like your posts may be steamy! :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome Kristen, nice to meet you, look forward to reading more.


Beth Chapman said...

Welcome Kristen! Great energy, this will be fun.

Healing Morning said...

Hey Kristin, welcome to this awesome group! I just joined two days ago and am in the process of meeting everyone as well.

Migraines - yeah, chica, I feel your pain, literally. Had one today. I've tried literally every prescription med out there but I have a squirrelly physiology that makes most of them no more potent than tap water. Topamax made me into a zombie. I find that mine are triggered by low pressure systems, which you can't really avoid or medicate.

At any rate, I look forward to your posts & getting to know you! I love your humor, your wandering spirit - what's life w/out adventure and laughter, I ask you! Pretty danged boring, is the answer. Wander on, and write it all down!


kbxmas said...

Hello, hello, hello!! Thanks for all the warm welcomes. I'm off to do some blog-walking. :-)