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Blogging, Letters To My Sister, & Christmas


 

1. What was the main reason you started a blog?

 
I started a blog as a means to mourn the loss of my sister who was murdered in 2010 by her husband of 25 years. I started a blog to write words I couldn’t say aloud in real life. My blog is a platform to scream, swear, cry, & become utterly, beautifully, wholly liberated.

 

 

2. Have you ever felt like giving up on blogging?

 
Yes, but then in the midst of my wanting-to-quit, I’ll receive a particular comment, tweet, or email that brings me to my knees.

 

 

3. What has been your experience with your readers so far?

 
Definitely positive. They’re smart, insightful, loyal, and amazing. My readers have taught me much more than I could ever teach them.

 

 

4. Do you plan to one day turn your blog into a career?

 
Blogging is only practice for the next level. It’s the side salad before the main course.

 

 

5. Many bloggers are working on a manuscript. Are you planning to write a book, or have one already started?

 
My book, 730 Days, Letters To My Sister, is being edited presently. There’s LOTS of competition out there, but if you believe, truly believe, your story will be heard.

 

 

6. What’s the last act of random kindness that you performed?

 
I hope I’m actively being kind every single day. This is my intention. Doesn’t everybody feel this way?

 

 

7. If money and time weren’t an issue, what’s the one thing you’ve always dreamed of doing that you would do?

 
I’d travel to Kisumu, Kenya to visit my pen pal, Mercy Adhiambo. We’ve been communicating every day since 2007. We met thru words, writing, pain, God, and metaphor. She is the Jane Austin to my Sylvia Plath.  I love you,  Mercy!

 

 

8. Who has had the biggest influence on the way you view yourself right now?

 
O’My, that question is abundantly difficult to answer in one sentence or two. I need to reflect on this…

 

 

9. What’s your favorite book, and why?

 
I can’t just name one. No. No. No. Every book means something different to me. For example, I love Lolita because the words melt. I adore Ariel because the words are fire. I appreciate Girl Gone because it kicks ass. And I savor The Book of Ruth because the content is pure dysfunctional perfection.

 

 

10. If you celebrate Christmas, what’s your favorite Christmas song?

 
I do celebrate. For about a month! My all time favorite (new) Christmas song is “Mary, Did You Know?” My old favorite is, “O, Holy Night.”

 

 

 

~~~~Darling, Readers, how will you be celebrating Christmas this year? Xxxx  LOVE!

 

 

 

Kim is the person who came up with these wonderful questions… Please check out Kim’s Blog  here:  http://letmereach.com


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  • Reply
    elizabeth
    December 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Kim,
    Great answers to your questions. Next time let me interview you! love your answers and your words are still feel like they did when I first started to read your blogs- they feel like an delicious peach whose nectar drips down on your page!
    O Holy Night is still my fave. This Christmas will be very different – a bit sad. My hope is that 2014 will be so much better. Merry Christmas a my darling friend. xoxox elizabeth
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      Alison at Diamond-Cut Life
      December 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Kim and Elizabeth — A bit sad at our house too, because our housemate Gary died of lymphoma last month. On the other hand, my husband and I were able to be fully present to him, not shrinking back, and that experience brought us to our knees (great phrase, Kim) and made us richer in what matters.

      Warm blessings to everyone this Christmas, especially to anyone mourning a death.

      xoxo
      Alison
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    December 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

    How will I be celebrating Christmas? Hopefully spreading joy and love, more and more. We have been focusing on really helping those less fortunate since my mom moved four years ago to heaven to join dad. Something happened inside me. We still tree it up, light it up, and enjoy it up, but we also make sure we’ve given away of ourselves enough to remember to real Reason for the season.
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    Ellen M. Gregg
    December 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I love you, and I love your answers.

    How will I be celebrating Christmas? With love. With appreciation for all I am and all I have. With moments of joy and moments of sorrow. With connection with family and friends. With song and with spirit.

    Merry Christmas, darling. Wishing you Heavenly peace. xoxo
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    Elephant's Child
    December 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Hugs and love dear Kim.
    You epitomise the warmth and the wonder of the blogosphere.
    I will be having a quiet Christmas – and then going to spend time on the crisis line I volunteer with. Christmas is such a hard time of year for so many people, for a variety of painful reasons.

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    Beth Teliho
    December 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I adore your answers! I too can never give just one book to that question. They really do each mean something different to me. Sometimes books are so personal. Ingested differently, profoundly.

    You better keep believing because I know you have important, imperative things to say, and I believe in your book. I’m happy for you that it’s in the editing stage! Good for you!

    I’ll be spending Christmas at home with family. We haven’t travelled in several years, thanks to me putting a stop to it. I decided it was too hard on all of us. I love waking up at home Christmas morning.
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    Wild Child Mama
    December 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Um, number two? That’s you to me. I’ve paused, nearly stopped on my blog and then…I’ll read one of your posts and it will smack me over the head. Or you’ll comment on mine and I’m encouraged! I love you, Miss Kim Sisto Robinson! You are changing the world.

    I will be house hoping for Christmas. I used to think I was a drifter when I’d go from step parent to step parent to in law’s house. But I’m learning…I have my own beautiful family now. And together we go. And I get to sew presents for people. They may not really like them, lol! But, it’s still fun to give from my heart.

    Merry merry Christmas to you and your family! Sweet baby Jesus! xoxoxo

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    Barbara
    December 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

    ‘The side salad to the main course.’ I may have to steal that one! I love your work, your spirit, your no bullshit way of getting at the heart of everything. Have a joyous Christmas with your fabulous family.
    xob
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    Joan Peterson
    December 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I can’t wait to read that book, Kim. Have a wonderful holiday from a fellow blogger and a woman who has lost a sister to domestic violence. I so appreciate your writing style. It is fresh. It is sad. It is poignant. It is “in your face.” It is bold. It is sweet and funny. Thank you for writing.
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    lisa
    December 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I so loved reading this, Kim.
    Your Christmas sounds like mine (celebrating for a whole month!)
    We will be spending Christmas Eve with friends and family (major feast!), and then Christmas Day will just be family. The same every year, and I never tire of it.

    I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a bright, beautiful New Year.

    xoxo.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Love your answers…I am so glad to have learned more about you today, Kim. Just finished Winter Moon by Dean Koontz…is your Girl Gone by Gillian Flynn?
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    lisa thomson
    December 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Awww, great answers Kim! Keep us posted on your book release! I will be celebrating Christmas with the people who are truly MINE. They love me and care for me like no other peeps in the whole world; my Boyfriend, stepson, my daughter and my son. I feel very lucky to have them all.

    Also lots of reading, R n R and hopefully some skiing.
    p.s. I’m dying to read Gone Girl.
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    jen
    December 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    We cook, we eat, we drink, my son comes home and we drink bloody mary’s and watch “the family stone” it’s a ritual. Our grandsons are here with us so Santa is coming to our house this year, its been a while since he’s wiggled his butt down our chimney.
    Seriously though my friend….
    Love,compassion, healing, peace, I love, I strive for those words- those qualities. I take stock in as I spend Christmas with my husband, children and grandchildren, and my mom who is 85. the goodness of the season. And my heart tells me that throughout my whole life of ups and downs that God has blessed us. Merry Christmas!
    I want a copy of that book the minute if comes out, oh crap did I forget to say faith? xxx000
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    Tara
    December 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    “The side salad to the main course.” Ha! I love it.

    Don’t ever stop writing. You’re exquisite at it! And I can’t believe it’s only been 3 years since Kay’s death. For some reason, it feels much longer.

    Merry Christmas, Kim. I miss you lots!

    Love,
    Tara

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    Tia
    December 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Love You!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Vidya Sury
    December 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Beautiful answers from a beautiful person! I love this “Blogging is only practice for the next level. It’s the side salad before the main course.”

    And I keenly look forward to your book, Kim. You must tell me how I can support you – editing, anything!

    You know I love you. More than the massive pond of blue water lilies I see every day!
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    Mike
    December 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Kim, you want to hear something eerie. And you would have been more than welcomed at this moment to call me to confirm. I’m listening to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds Of Silence”. Listening to this music is so fitting to my mood reading this. And I mean that in the most wondrous way. You, Phoenix and I have been close friends since this last summer. When I read your posts I FEEL you regarding not only Kay, but Kim. Hence, your Inner Chick. You write with such depth and pain yet hold such joy and love in your outward expression and sincerely meant words for all of us. We can not fathom what you went through. Yet, you give all of us courage and strength that we can achieve a better self within. Phoenix and I thank you from our deepest hearts for that. Trust me, you are at the top of the list of the road trip we hope to make someday, our dear friend. We both want to hug you so very much. I’ve read this post twice now. Every one of them is epic. I mean that. All of our love, Mike and Phoenix 🙂
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    Alison
    December 22, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I am looking forward to your book, as much as the circumstances around it is painful. But I hope that in writing it, and sharing your words, that you heal. Much love to you. xo
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    vanita
    December 22, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Merry Christmas girlfriend! I’m so glad you never stopped blogging and I know your book is going to help bring about change. hugs and love to you.
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    solidgoldcreativity
    December 22, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I’m excited to learn you’ve written your book. Brilliant work. Thank you for your beautiful presence, Kim. You teach me so much about love. I’m standing for a Christmas miracle: that I shall spend it with my sister. Merry Christmas to you and your Dad and all your family. Much love from Australia xxx
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    Hilary
    December 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Love the line – salad side to the main course…
    Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to read it!
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    Mandy - The Complete Book
    December 22, 2013 at 6:16 am

    “My blog is a platform to scream, swear, cry, & become utterly, beautifully, wholly liberated.”
    This is the most brilliant, truthful and perfect line Kim.
    Been thinking of you lots lately. Hope you are well my friend.
    Much love to you and yours this festive season.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo
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    debbie
    December 22, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I’m looking forward to your book Kim and know that it will, without a doubt, be written from the heart. I celebrate Christmas with my family which is as dysfunctional as many a family is! Have a wonderful Christmas Kim and a happy new year too!!!!
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    Beryl
    December 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Boy, do I connect with wanting to give up on blogging. But you actually blog. I’ve been in bloggers limbo for months and months and more months. I haven’t even written my twice a year letter to fans. I am, however, working like crazy to get Scent of God into e-book format (all platforms) and everything seems to take so much longer (or am I just less efficient?) as I age?

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    Jann
    December 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Dearest Kim–super congratulations to you for finishing your book of poetry dedicated to Kay!!! You’re amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Have a wonderful (month-long) Christmas! I, on the other hand, prefer just a few intimate dinners over the holidays, a concert or two, and no gifts (Have I become Scrooge? I think it’s a reaction against years of over-celebrating.) xxxxxMuch love from Sicilia
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    Choc Chip Uru
    December 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Happy Holidays my friend! You are such an inspiration, reading about how you started blogging – liberation and pain often go hand-in-hand.
    You are beautiful and brave!

    Hugs
    CCU
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I hope that everyone gets to read your story Kim because it’s such an important one! And we’ll be celebrating Christmas with friends and family-it was a close call because some people wanted to call it off but we weren’t having any of that! 🙂 Merry Christmas darling Kim! xxx
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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I’m in the middle of my road trip driving home to see my two kids and extended family, so that’s what I’m doing this year. Actually all of us siblings have to make some hard decisions about our mom while I’m there too, so that part may require wine. 😉
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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Oh and silly me, Merry Christmas, dear Kim!!! And may you have a blessed and wonderful new year!
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    Debbie
    December 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    What a fascinating glimpse into your world, Kim! I, too, love “O Holy Night.” My mom’s uncle used to sing it at Midnight Mass, and it always gave me goosebumps, it was so beautiful!
    I refuse to pick one favorite book, either. There’s far too much good stuff available to narrow it down to just one.
    Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
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    Liz
    December 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Your words and story will be heard…I just know it. Just look at how many your blog has touched. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and many blessings throughout the coming year. Your sweet comments always bring a smile to my face…thanks for being such a wonderful you! xx

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    Gary
    December 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Dear Kim,

    My comment shall be brief. For brevity speaks of the unwritten words that show my admiration for you. The most powerful aspect to blogging, I believe, is the therapeutic verbalisation you can share. Together, in hope, we cope.

    Wishing you and your loved ones, a peaceful, hopeful Christmas.

    Hugs,

    Gary x
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    Aussa Lorens
    December 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Being relatively new to your blog, I enjoyed reading these answers! I’m way impressed that you have a pen pal in Kenya and have been writing each other for so long. How did that even start?

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas, by the way 🙂
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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    December 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Just stopping by to wish you joyful moments that you’ll treasure this holiday season. Congrats on the book. I’m sure it will help many women.
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    monicastangledweb
    December 23, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Kim, I believe your book will be published before you know it. Your words are always heartfelt and inspiring.

    Happy Holidays!

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    Hotly Spiced
    December 23, 2013 at 4:10 am

    My absolute favourite carol is ‘Oh, Holy Night’! Such amazing words and it really speaks of the wonder of the season. I didn’t realise your sister was married for 25 years to the man who murdered her – this story is all the more tragic the more I learn of it. I hope you have a beautiful Christmas and that you’re surrounded by family and those who love you. And of course I so wish the situation with your sister could be so very, very, different. Much love to you at this time xx
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    Ms. CrankyPants
    December 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Loved reading your answers to these questions!

    “Christmas Bride” is a really sweet little song; very old fashioned.

    I’ll be celebrating Christmas with the three (!) cats. Okay, that sounds very sad indeed. I’ll also be spending time with family. I’m not COMPLETELY pathetic.

    Merry, merry Christmas!
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    Deborah Batterman
    December 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Authenticity and the heart are the best places for a writer to come from. Your words to yourself re: writing speak to me in more ways than you might know.

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    ladyfi
    December 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Good luck with your book. And I wish you and yours much joy this holiday.

    Licks from Oscar!
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    Elisabeth Kinsey
    December 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Love your voice on the page. Loved your answers. Merry Merry Christmas!

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    reneejohnsonwrites
    December 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    The meaning behind every answer is clear and heart-felt. Great job. Merry Christmas and I hope all is well and peaceful as you face the upcoming days.
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    Blond Duck
    December 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Have a wonderful Christmas!
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    Valentine Logar
    December 24, 2013 at 4:17 am

    As always, you I adore. You are the epitome of kindness. I hope I see you again next year. I love you, Merry Christmas.

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    Marie
    December 24, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Your words saved me Kim and for this I don’t have enough THANK YOU to send. I wish and pray for a long life for your book.
    You taught me I had a voice too, I can have a better life, I don’t deserve to be abused, I deserve love and happiness. And it is what I want to give back to people when Christmas knocks at the door.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU * MAY YOU HAVE DAYS FILLED WITH JOY AND PEACE AND LOVE AND EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL.
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    dad
    December 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I loved your answers Kim, and I always love your blog. Can’t wait to read your book, I know it
    will be a success. Where am I spending Christmas?, At your house my love.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL YOUR READERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
    Love You So Much
    Dad

    12/24/2013

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    Dawn
    December 25, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Merry Christmas to you. Enjoy your family. Thank you for fighting the fight. And hugs when you need them.

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    ameena
    December 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Your reasons for blogging are definitely the reasons to have a blog. Loved reading all of your answers Kim!

    I hope you have a fantastic holiday today. We have no real plans except to attend a family dinner. The day…is LONG when you have an 8-year-old.

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    countingducks
    December 26, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Can’t believe I missed this post. Hopeless me. I hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas and when your book comes out, it will be truly awesome and successful, and deservedly so xxx
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    ed p
    December 27, 2013 at 8:38 am

    hope you had a good christmas and your 2014 is spectacular. sending you good everything for your book. you have a lot to offer and hopefully a publisher out there is smart enough to recognize that. if i could do anything, i’d simply write. much love and peace to you.
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    Lady Jennie
    December 27, 2013 at 9:52 am

    My favourite Christmas song is the one in my blog link, and also Chestnuts Roasting . . .

    Happy Christmas Kim!
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    Patricia Scattergood
    December 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hi sweet Chickie. I’m a bit late to this Q&A party but I thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers. I hope you had a peaceful, happy Christmas; and that your new year will be prosperous and productive. Love you.

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    Noeleen
    December 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Kim, wonderful post, as I especially appreciated to read you too have thought of giving up blogging, just scrapping it. I have thought of deleting all my images & posts one by one by one and then the blog – have thought of that many times. Only reason I haven’t is I’m not sure what drives me to think that way – is it just the negative of me, saying “You’ve nothing to pass on” and “The comments are insincere” and so on. I’ve resisted, & here we are still!

    I didn’t know about your book – but HUGE congrats it’s in editing stage. Wow, I hadn’t known that. Good luck! 🙂
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    Sonali Chauhan
    December 30, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Wow 🙂 This is wonderful letter of Blogging & Christmas! You know Kim, I also got a wonderful article to write a wonderful Letter for my close friends & family just due to help of your this post 🙂 so many many thanks for this guidance.

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    Tina @ Girl with a New Life
    January 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    And #6 is truly what makes you special. We need more of you.
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