First Post

Deep breaths.

Time to let go.

For the better part of the last five years I’ve been focused on (trying to) learn to write decent fiction. As I’ve worked my way through draft after draft, and magazine articles, blogs, classes, conferences and a slew of craft books, I’ve turned the idea of this blog and my commitment to it over and over in my head and now the ever-present yearly goal sheet dictates, it’s time for go live.

On a number of fronts.

I’m working toward eventual (but then hopefully regular) publication for my fiction and non-fiction work and I’ve reached the sink or swim portion of the venture. Or, more accurately, I should say I’ve reached the, ‘seriously, it’s time to at least jump in the water’ part.

It’s time to start submitting work and taking licks so I can continue to improve.

It’s time to join and start contributing to the vibrant online community, not just as a writer, but as a wife and a mother and a professional and a train-wreck and an optimist and a human, imperfect.

Through my blog, I’ll share stories I find notable, worthy, inspiring, interesting, heartbreaking, devastating, breathtaking, thought-provoking, magic, tragic, and/or otherwise exceedingly human.

I find humans beautifully hopeless on most fronts.

Like most writers, I write and read to sort things out and I’m truly interested in the way others think, feel and live so I hope you’ll feel comfortable engaging and sharing some of your own thoughts, experiences and opinions here.

I love when I’m able to see and understand things more clearly from another’s point of view, even if/when we don’t necessarily agree one hundred percent.

My goal is that each post will offer a point of interest or inspiration and a chance to think, learn or have a laugh along the way.

Here goes…


Image Credit: White on paper #3 – detail https://flic.kr/p/8ocnc6 by jessicakelly license links https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/


  1. Hey there! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I needed to
    ask. Does operating a well-established blog like yours require a
    massive amount work? I’m completely new to writing a blog however I do write in my journal every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own
    experience and views online. Please let me know if
    you have any ideas or tips for brand new aspiring
    bloggers. Thankyou!


    • Krissy Cabeen (@krissycabeen)

      Hello! Thanks for your comment and question. I don’t find blogging to be a “massive” amount of work. I enjoy it, but I have had to figure out how to realistically fit it in with other priorities and goals. I’m starting to find a decent balance by putting some boundaries on my blogging efforts. I try to post twice a month on a loose schedule (which I’ve NOT done the last couple months!), keep my posts to less than 1000 words, and limit how much time I spend editing a post (because I’m guilty of obsessing that doesn’t yield material improvements). You could always do a personal blog that can be whatever you want it to be. I checked out your site and it looks like your off to a good start! Your question did get me thinking about the last couple years of trial and error. Maybe I can come up with enough lessons learned for a decent post on the topic. Thanks again for visiting. Good luck!


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