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Are Things Going Well?

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Are Things Going Well?

As I look toward the end of 2016, I continue to grow more in awe of God’s work in our household. Day-to-day, we continually experience  immense blessings, even and especially during the hard times. We’ve had a fair number of those recently. Some, like my wife’s having gallbladder surgery, are fit-to-print on the blog. Others aren’t (Baptists might refer to them as “unspoken” prayer requests). Regardless of the challenges that have come and the difficulty we’ve had navigating them, one thing has...

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On Receiving Feedback

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On Receiving Feedback

Blogging when emotional is rarely a good thing, which is why I forced myself to hold onto this post for a week before publishing. Why so passionate? Well, I recently received some feedback to the latest draft of To Retreat from Romance—my young adult unromance novel. I have a strange relationship to feedback. Like all artists, I want it to be positive; but when it is, I invariably tell myself, “that person is just being nice.”  Of course, when it’s negative, my reactions are more complicated. When the negative feedback comes, my mind...

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How To Pick Your Projects

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How To Pick Your Projects

  If you could only finish one more project, what would it be? I ask myself this on the regular. I find it’s a good question to not only recalibrate my workload but also remind me of what’s important to me. At present, it’s my fundraising for a Deep Water Well. After that, it’s getting my revision of Stronghold as well as my romance novel released. While the first item is arguably a semi-passive endeavor, the latter two are solely within my hands to achieve. So what’s stopping me? A thousand other ideas, that’s what. Haha. Any other...

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3k Down, 12k To Go!

Posted by on 12:29 pm in Water Project | Comments Off on 3k Down, 12k To Go!

Hi all, If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you are likely aware that in May of 2016, I created a registry raising funds for a Deep Water Well through World Vision. The registry will remain open for one year, and the cost to fund this sustainable source of water for a local community: $15,000. Sounds daunting, right? For any one household it may be (or, at least for ours, it is), but for a community of givers, $15,000 is an achievable number that could be reached in a matter of months. When you take a moment to break...

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This Too Shall Pass

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This Too Shall Pass

Ever think Life is exhausting? Just as we feel We are getting a handle on one thing, two more things that need doing roll onto our plate. I get through mailing all my eBay packages, just as other items are ending (speaking of, here are my current listings). I feel like I’m on top of my task set at work, only to realize two things were laid on my desk and buried under files earlier in the week. I think that the small group I’m leading is vibrant and healthy, and guys leave for lack of connection. And, of course, that’s just...

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A Reminder for Writers

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A Reminder for Writers

I’m not really in a great position to give writing advice, so of course, I’d like to offer some (that’s how narcissism works). There’s an old mantra that gets floated here and there by teachers, editors, and “successful” writers. It’s a simple, memorable nugget that gets said in a few thousand variations but nonetheless remains the same: “Writers write.” Writers don’t have grand ideas that stay in their heads. Writers don’t just talk about that book they want to publish...

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No More Medicating?

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Sometimes, things just don’t go our way. It’s a hard fact that we all accept, because that’s the way things are, and that’s not gonna change. Oftentimes, when it rains, it pours. Unpleasantness, happenstance, and bad beats come in waves. That first thing doesn’t work as it should, and undoubtedly the second, wholly-unrelated, thing fails just the same. And a third thing that wasn’t even on your radar—-well, that went wrong, too. That was my day: my first day back to work after a month of Family...

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My Blogging Problem

Posted by on 10:49 pm in Site Business, Writer's Diary | Comments Off on My Blogging Problem

I’m a writer. I write constantly, whether its reviews on Letterboxd, opinions on Video Games, or my first crack at a cartoon pilot for boys age 6-10, I am always pumping words onto the page, or screen, or wherever. It’s like I can’t stop myself. But here, at least, I seem to have a wall, offering little more than occasional insightful post or a bevy of updates about which few people will have any interest. The problem is that I am not all that interested in blogging. I don’t follow other authors on the blogosphere, nor...

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UPDATES: Q2 2016

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What’s been happening? There’s a bit, and it’s late. Here’s a rundown: Life with Landon. Over 90 days have passed since the birth of my son. He becomes more wonderful every day. He’s now making more noises and facial expressions; he smiles often and follows us with his eyes. He’s the best; I adore him. And my wife; my goodness, my wife is a beautiful, strong woman. THE GIFT OF WATER PROJECT continues to move forward and has crossed the $2500 mark. I am aiming for $15,000 by May 2017, and I will continue my...

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TODAY I turn 34.

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TODAY I turn 34.

Today, I turn 34. The question is, am I where I thought I was going to be? Well… No. And that’s a bottom line with which I live, day in and day out. I’m not the sci-fi fantasy heir-apparent to George Lucas, … Or a professional in the film industry, … Or even working in a related creative field … Or in the best shape of my life. If I asked my 24-year old self on this day where I would be a decade in the future, my present life is not the picture I’d paint. BUT I’m not in horrible...

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