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Book Blog Tour for Charades

It has been a whirlwind since the release of Charades, and an awesome one at that! I think the most exciting part of this journey is to hear people’s responses to the story, so it has been fun to talk with my readers after they finish the book. Read the rest of this entry »

Nothing that happens to a writer is ever wasted.



“Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.”

P.D. James

The real importance of reading.


This pile of books sits right by my bedside. I look at them each night before going to sleep, eagerly anticipating the experience of discovering the stories and characters therein.

I got all of these books as Christmas gifts, giving me an exciting reading list for 2013. Most have been adapted into films, only two of which I have seen. “The book is always better than the movie,” most people say, so I look forward to following up with the films afterward and making my own assessment. Read the rest of this entry »

A writer’s brain.

A writer’s brain is full of little gifts, like a piñata at a birthday party. It’s also full of demons, like a piñata at a birthday party in a mental hospital. The truth is, it’s demons that keep a tortured writer’s spirit alive, not Tootsie Rolls. Sure they’ll give you a tiny burst of energy, but they won’t do squat for your writing. So treat your demons with the respect they deserve, and with enough prescriptions to keep you wearing pants.
– Colin Nissan

Ode to synergy.

I hated group projects in college and always tended to be very private with my work, never letting anyone see it before the final product was ready.

For that reason, I hardly let anyone see Eastbound Sailing until I was ready to publish, or even let them know that I was working on a novel. It had to be “just right.”

Oh, how things change. Read the rest of this entry »

We need a generation that knows how to convey the human experience.

I stumbled across a phenomenal article this morning entitled “A Passionate, Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing in Schools.” The article speaks for itself. I’ll give one pull quote as a teaser, but I highly encourage you to read this article in its entirety. Read the rest of this entry »

Why patience is as important as practice.

Yup. That was me tonight.

I renewed my pool pass today and went to do an impressive number of laps. Sure, it had been four months since my last trip to the pool, but I could pick up where I left off. I was sure of it. Read the rest of this entry »

“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 »

3 steps to storytelling.

Via BarnRaisers

Step 1: Find your voice. Read the rest of this entry »