Chrissie’s Blog

Sweet, Sweet Summertime

Sweet, Sweet Summertime

I love music and I love Summertime. There’s something bout the two together that makes pure magic, and always has for me. When I listen back to Top 40 Countdowns on Sirius XM’s 80s on 8, more often than not, the Countdowns that hold my favorite songs were Summertime...

Imperfect Day at Coco Cay

Imperfect Day at Coco Cay

Royal Caribbean owns their own island in the Bahamas that they call Coco Cay. And they have a water park their, a hot air balloon ride, eateries, and sundry other activities. They call the overall experience “Perfect Day at Coco Cay.”  First of all, they’re...

Write On

Write On

I’m back at The Orchard Keeper in Speedwell, TN, for a few days. I’m not working on any particular project, just trying to get some decent writing done every day. I arrived around 3:30 or 4 yesterday afternoon, Sunday, and eked out a fiction piece about a guy who...

The Dining Room Team Turns It Around

The Dining Room Team Turns It Around

Our trip on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas recently was a rather rocky ride, and I’m not talking about the waves or weather at sea. So many things went wrong that I won’t even try to recount them in a blog. Let’s just say that if the 80’s Cruise sailed a...

Remembering Ron Houchin

Remembering Ron Houchin

I first met Ron Houchin at the Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, KY, in 2009, I believe – it was first year at Hindman. He was one of the first people I remember seeing. He always wore a ballcap of some sort, t-shirt, and faded jeans. If there was ever anyone...

After All the Thrill is Gone

After All the Thrill is Gone

I fell in love with Duran Duran on the Friday night the week after Thanksgiving week in 1984. Yes, I remember it that specifically. It was at my friend Pam’s house. Neither of us had MTV. We lived so far out in the sticks that we couldn’t get MTV, so we got our weekly...