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The world needs stories.

I love stories. Always have, always will. Whether it’s discovering a story or telling one myself, I don’t think a day has passed where I haven’t encountered a snapshot of someone else’s narrative.

Stories can be born from friendly conversation, personal testimony or faith systems. Whatever the source, stories make us human. I fully concur with author Philip Pullman: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Read the rest of this entry »

An axe for the frozen sea inside us.

SOUND OFF: What’s the most devastating story (book, film or play) you’ve ever encountered? What was it about the story that made such an impact on you?

“We need the books that affect us like disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Franz Kafka

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Tell me about the best thing you’ve been given for free, and you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of my novel, Eastbound Sailing.

Yes, it’s that easy! Read the rest of this entry »

The most liberating thing[s] I’ve ever read.

Some people look at a blank page as exciting, opportunistic, fun. To me, every blank page screams “you don’t have anything worthwhile to say.”

For years I hated writing without a plan, without a strategy, without a vision. I would start, then delete right away. If a sentence was lucky enough to stay on the page, I would immediately scrutinize each word and begin hacking – often before the sentence even saw a period. I made a lifestyle of editing while writing. Terrified of anyone seeing the incomplete text before it reached perfection. Read the rest of this entry »