A Writing Challenge

by K. Kris Loomis in Writing

One of my writing goals this year, apart from publishing a book about Ecuador and starting a novel, is to enter at least three writing contests a month. Whew. So far, so good! Of course, it is only February. I found three really cool contests in January and got my manuscripts to each of them […]

The Great Laundry Catastrophe

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

I’ll admit it. I am not the best housekeeper. I was raised in a household where the mottos ‘Dust Is a Protective Covering for Furniture’ and ‘Keep the Kitchen Clean-Eat Out’ were proudly displayed on cute little needlepoint pillows. My mother has a lot of great qualities, but she will never be nominated for best […]

My One Resolution

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

All the talk about “resolutions” the past couple of weeks has kind of worn me out. “What are your ‘resolutions’ for the upcoming year?” is a question that takes more than a minute or two of contemplation and planning. You’re expected to have all of your big goals for the upcoming year in place before […]

When An Elf Is Real and Santa Is Not

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

My oldest nephew, Bradley, started dating a really nice girl while my husband and I were living in Ecuador. This past Thanksgiving was the first opportunity I had to spend any time with her since we moved back to the states at the end of last year. Megan is a smart and focused college girl […]

No One Shines Alone

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

Our yardman stopped by the other day to see what we wanted him to do with all the leaves in our yard. Now, on the surface, this is a pretty straightforward question, but my husband and I didn’t have to deal with the problem of leaves the past few years while living in Ecuador. Living […]

Things I Learned From a Set of Footprints In the Sand

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

I have always enjoyed looking at footprints in the sand. I like to guess what the person who passed before me looked like, dressed like, carried with them to the shore. What did they think about out here on the beach? Did they read or people watch? Were they happy? Did they walk the beach […]

New Music Day

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

I’ve been waiting for today. Today is my “New Music Day.” You see, this past year has been mostly dedicated to getting my writing career off the ground and moving my family from Ecuador back to the states, both of which were Herculean tasks. And while I still have much to learn about the publishing […]

The Orchestra I Took For Granted

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

Sometimes you don’t know you’ve taken something for granted until it is gone from your life. Sometimes it even takes a while to notice it is gone. We absentmindedly fill the emptiness with the clanging of everyday life until the absence is just too great. Then we have no choice but to admit that we […]

Things I Learned From My Three-Legged Cat

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

My black cat, Triplet, just had a very bad day. Her arch nemesis, Puck, came back into her life yesterday. Now Puck is not a bad cat, but Triplet does NOT enjoy his company, to say the least. I’m pretty sure she hates his guts. Despite this, and many other hurdles she’s faced over the […]

Some Things Never Change

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

I have been back “home” in South Carolina for about three weeks now. And while it is true that many things here have changed over the three years I lived in South America (like roads, the cost of living, and the fact that my nephews each grew about two feet taller), I have noticed that […]

Things I Learned While Cleaning My Mini Blinds

by K. Kris Loomis in Personal

Earlier this week I posted on Facebook that the inventor of mini blinds should be shot. I just moved into a new house, and while the previous owners did a great job with the big things, like remodeling the kitchen, replacing flooring, painting, etc., they overlooked some of the little things. Like cleaning the mini […]