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The Unveil…

Coming soon to an Amazon bookstore near you (i.e., everywhere).

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Art is simply inevitable.

“Art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of a cave in France 30,000 years ago, and it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. Art is storytelling, and we need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information, and to try and make sense out of all this chaos. And sometimes when you get a really good artist and a compelling story, you can almost achieve that thing that’s impossible which is entering the consciousness of another human being – literally seeing the world the way they see it. Then, if you have a really good piece of art and a really good artist, you are altered in some way, and so the experience is transformative and in the minute you’re experiencing that piece of art, you’re not alone.”

– Steven Soderbergh (San Francisco Film Festival)

“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 »

Who would direct the film version of your story?

Via Simply Excited

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 »

Hope: The Rosetta Stone of every story.

When I read a depressing story or watch a movie with a tragic ending, I usually feel as though I’ve been kicked in the gut. It feels hopeless. Ironically, this seemingly hopeless situation points me toward hope – hope that what is broken will one day be reconciled.

Which brings me to this quote: Read the rest of this entry »

Spring time and creative story-telling. Yes, there’s a connection.

Via Homestation Magazine

Spring. Is. Finally. Here.

Technically it has been here for a bit, but when you live in the Pacific Northwest, the abundance of rain makes the season feel like an unwelcome extension of winter. Alas, the sun is shining and the surrounding vegetation is in full bloom.

I’m truly amazed by the array of colors and textures each time I look out my window. The same view year-round, but presented so differently with each season. Read the rest of this entry »

The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle? “Me too.”

Words of empathy carry so much power. They help to normalize struggles and are the most valuable response to an act of vulnerability.

I could say so much more, but I’d just be reiterating what Brene Brown says in this TED talk on shame, guilt and vulnerability [below]. Read the rest of this entry »