My 17-Year Journey to a Book Deal (or, Keep Going)

By | August 11th, 2016|Books, Fiction, Identity, On Writing|

This is me rocking a spike, oversized glasses, and headphones that are either playing "You Can't Touch This" or "Go West Young Man." Also, that's either an Ocean Pacific or Bugle Boys sleeveless T because, obviously, who covers up guns like that? But even then, I cared most about [...]

What I’ve Tried to do for 17 Years (or, The In-Between)

By | June 13th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Books, Identity, On Writing|

It would be so much easier to wait a week before writing this post. In a week I will know a lot more. In a week I could write a strong piece in the vein of a "disappointed-but-not-giving-up" writer. Or maybe it will be a shocked, celebratory piece. It all [...]

The Most Important Word

By | June 2nd, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity, On Writing|

Last week I had the honor of stepping into Seth Haines' recovery room to talk about my vocation and all the little voices constantly jabbering in my head. The real struggle for me has been more practical–how does one navigate a life when your income fluctuates so severely from one [...]

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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 [...]