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Month: August, 2012

Reflections on my first week in publishing.

It doesn’t seem real that I’m writing reflections on my first week in publishing. I’ve been entrenched in Eastbound Sailing for two years, dreaming of the day I’d release it to the world. When the day finally came, it wasn’t what I expected.

I had this romantic idea in my head that my work would be done once it was available for order. That everyone would jump at the chance to read it. That I’d only be required to compose a few tweets here and there.

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Instead, I realized last week that my work had just begun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Character reflection: Aiden Lawrence.

Aiden Lawrence is one frustrating fellow.

I always loved the name Aiden as a possible name for my future son (disclaimer: I am not expecting a child right now). When I started writing Eastbound Sailing two years ago, it began as a letter to my future son. Warning him about what he might experience. Dreaming about the person he’ll become.

The concept was great. Then it got frustrating. Read the rest of this entry »

So, that book? It’s out today.

After two exciting, challenging and grueling years, Eastbound Sailing is finally available for order on Amazon.

Thanks for all the help and encouragement along this journey so far. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

“Imagination is the faculty of the mind that God has given us to make His beauty beautiful.”

The following is from Life as Vapor by John Piper. Read it, be encouraged and find inspiration.

One of the great duties of the Christian mind is imagination. It is not the only thing the mind does. The mind observes. The mind analyzes and organizes. The mind memorizes. But imagination is different. Read the rest of this entry »

A call to joyful, mindless fun. Maybe.

The past few weeks have found me working two full-time jobs: Editing from 9 to 5 and then finalizing the production details of my novel – plus all the social gatherings that come with summer. I felt tired. Spent. Constantly counting down the days till I go on vacation.

That’s when I have to ask myself: Do I really want to go through my life checking off the days on a calendar?

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Seth Godin

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Who would direct the film version of your story?

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Yes, the book is almost always better than the movie. Yet I’ll likely go see it if it’s based off a book I love.

I’m a huge fan of minimalism and aimed to achieve this in Eastbound Sailing, my upcoming novel. For that reason, I would have to choose artist-turned-director Steve McQueen. Read the rest of this entry »

I have dropped the ball. Maybe this will make it up to you?

I have dropped the ball when it comes to posting. For that, I apologize.

I hate making excuses, but maybe this will help make it up to you.

I’m going through the final proofs of Eastbound Sailing, updating the print files and aiming to hit “Publish” by the end of next week. Also organizing some bookstore promo events. Even better, I’m planning a couple free giveaway contests. Yay for free stuff. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »