Could Disappointment Be an Indicator that We are Right Where We Should Be?

By | May 12th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Biegun Wschodni via Unsplash Almost three months ago, my wonderful literary agent Ruth began approaching publishers about my book The Day the Angels Fell, the very same project that you all helped fund on Kickstarter almost a year and a half ago. Ruth read it and [...]

In Which I’m Doing Something I’ve Never Done Before

By | May 10th, 2016|On Writing|

This is new territory for me. For the last few months, Bryan and I have been working hard on a new project, Live Better, Write Better. It's a six-week exploration of simple practices that will improve your writing and your life. We talk about things like the importance of finishing [...]

Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up

By | April 18th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Lili Popper via Unsplash The three reasons are actually three stories. * * * * * I'm at a unique place in life, experiencing things I don't remember experiencing before. On one hand, I'm more confident than ever in my call as a writer, and I'm [...]

I Got a Mean Email (or, Three Reasons Criticism Might Be Bothering You Too Much)

By | March 9th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

I received a mean email last week. I know. Gasp. I actually don't get very many of them, especially considering the fact that I blog about religion from time to time. It's the religion blog posts that bring out the angry in a lot of people, but the crowd that [...]

Why I’m Highly Skeptical of Writing Courses (and Why I’m Offering One)

By | February 29th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, On Writing|

So. This is awkward. Ask just about any one of my close writer friends how I feel about online writing courses, and most of them will tell you I think online writing courses are rubbish. For the most part. Not all of them, of course: my friend Andi offers great [...]

The Two Things You Have to Stop Worrying About

By | February 18th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

  "You must once and for all give up being worried about success and failures. Don’t let that concern you. It’s your duty to go on working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures."  Anton Chekov My friend Ed posted [...]

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A Letter to the Books in My House that Are Falling Apart

By | February 10th, 2016|On Writing, Poetry|

Photo by Joshua Earle via Unsplash You are my oldest friends, you with your ragged covers, your split spines, your brittle pages. I remember reading you in the secret round flashlight glow, undercover, when the crickets chirped. I remember sitting on the front porch, swatting away the flies, [...]

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