I finished the latest draft of my book tonight. It made me cry, which is kind of awesome. Except, I have the perfect soundtrack to compliment it – the songs I put together and have been listening to as I wrote it. So, of course I skipped to the happy, beautiful songs at the end […]

January 16, 2011 | Posted in Tattered Heart
I am not the anomally

There were a couple of articles I found recently about adults reading young adult novels. First of all, I am gratified that I am not the only one. They don’t really touch on my frustration of distinguishing good young adult fiction and middle grade fiction. But they do explore the things that make young adult […]

August 10, 2010 | Posted in Books
How Bad Habits Create Boring Stories

This isn’t really a book entry – but it is a story entry. It’s definitely an interesting point of view on the stories we’re living and, therefore, I think worth remembering and/or discussing. How Bad Habits Create Boring Stories I’ve a friend who helps people plan and organize their lives so they can get greater […]

August 5, 2010 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses
word theory

Timothy Gray wrote an article in Variety today about bloggers and the need to distinguish between them. I was with him until about 3/4 of the way in when he started talking about words. The average English-speaker knows 10,000 to 20,000 words. And everyone has been forced to expand their vocabularies due to the massive […]

July 23, 2010 | Posted in Story Courses
43,639 today

I’m writing a book, have I mentioned that?  It’s a fairy tale and I’ve been working on it very gradually for probably three years now.  I probably haven’t mentioned it because I’ve never done this sort of thing before.  I wanted to see if I was capable of writing a whole novel, if there was that […]

April 2, 2010 | Posted in Tattered Heart
a prayer for lent

Lord, Thank you for all the amazing ways we’ve grown this past year. For the ways You’ve changed us, drawn us nearer to You, opened our eyes and given us strength. I pray that as we go into this time of Lent we would empty ourselves before You. Speak to our hearts and reveal the […]

February 20, 2010 | Posted in faith
another mad season

I’ve been learning new things about transformation and change. In order to do that you kind of have to be in the midst of it. First of all, I think there’s a difference between the two. Change is more practical. I lost weight. That was change. Transformation is deeper. It’s the choices you make and […]

November 25, 2009 | Posted in Life
Compelling faith based characters and stories

This is from an old interview (like Jan. 2008 or so) with Phil Cooke in infuze magazine that is no longer posted online in it’s entirety. Still, I thought he made an interesting point… Now on another note, it seems like some of the best, most well-developed, faith-based characters we see in the entertainment industry […]

November 17, 2009 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses
an evening for a book meme

It’s a quiet evening and I’m feeling whole and maybe a little blissful.  What better time for a book meme: Fiction 1.  She could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it. 2.  When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating […]

November 4, 2009 | Posted in meme
blue skies

I don’t like the LA sky. You know those moments when you’re walking or driving and the air is just the precise shade of warm and the right song comes on and suddenly everything is wonderful. I usually look up at the sky to see that the world is so much bigger than me… In […]

October 8, 2009 | Posted in Life