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Krysta MacDonald writes about realistic characters confronting the moments and details that make up lives and identities.

She lives in a small Canadian town in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and veritable zoo of pets. She has a B.A. in English and a B.Ed. in English Language Arts Education, and spends most of her time teaching, prepping, marking, and extolling the virtues of Shakespeare. When she isn’t doing that, she’s writing, and when she isn’t doing that, she’s reading.

The Girl with the Empty Suitcase is her debut novel.

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Krysta MacDonald I don't get writer's block in terms of deciding what will happen, so much as how it will happen. Generally, I go back to reread and edit previous…moreI don't get writer's block in terms of deciding what will happen, so much as how it will happen. Generally, I go back to reread and edit previous chapters. It gets me into the frame of the story I need to get back on track. Plus, bonus editing!(less)
Krysta MacDonald Follow Nike's advice and just do it. Try. Read. Push through. Read some more. Listen to advice. Take the advice that fits you. Then read some more.…moreFollow Nike's advice and just do it. Try. Read. Push through. Read some more. Listen to advice. Take the advice that fits you. Then read some more. Don't be too hard on yourself, but don't be too easy on yourself either. Then read a bit more.(less)
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To Air the Laundry

4.44 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2019 — 2 editions
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“The memories are lodged in my throat, and a part of me wonders if you can choke on something that isn’t physically there. Can you choke on hurt?”
Krysta MacDonald, The Girl with the Empty Suitcase

“Who decides those things? And why don’t I know about them? Is there some sort of meeting, or maybe an assembly, like the ones we used to have in elementary school, where all the little finite details of all the little things in life get decided? And why didn’t I get an invitation to that meeting?”
Krysta MacDonald, The Girl with the Empty Suitcase

“What is it about suitcases, lying there empty? Before a trip, they are full of uneasy anticipation. After, they are almost regretful, longing to go back to those unfamiliar hotel rooms, those airport carousels. If items can be discontent, the one that is the most must be an empty suitcase. Or perhaps an undeveloped roll of film.”
Krysta MacDonald, The Girl with the Empty Suitcase

“Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way than this:

where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. ”
Pablo Neruda

“War is what happens when language fails.”
Margaret Atwood
tags: war

“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.”
Margaret Atwood

“Jessie rummaged through her purse for the necessary equipment. If there were one thing, Baley had once said solemnly, that had resisted mechanical improvement since medieval times, it was a woman's purse.”
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“The unfed mind devours itself.”
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