word theory

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

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

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: Pick 10 of your favorite books or series.  [I made two lists.  10 fiction and 5 non-fiction.] Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!) Let everyone […]

November 4, 2009 | Posted in meme
blue skies

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

living in possibility

I totally stole this from here. But I wanted to have it around to remember. And it sounds like me, right?! There are crucial differences between living out of possibility versus probability. Living from probability takes place when you look at what you are capable of and what you have done in the past. From […]

July 3, 2009 | Posted in Life

everybody changes with a chance

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I might accidentally watch One Tree Hill. It’s not because it’s great tv but because it always has good music. It’s rare enough that a song comes around I really love, and yet One Tree Hill manages to find one about once a month. So, let’s have a little […]

April 25, 2009 | Posted in Commentary

Good Friday

I appreciate when Good Friday is overcast. It seems appropriate. I know, this isn’t the actual day that Jesus died. But I suspect the Earth knows the right day; that it bears a scar the way you can see a storm in the rings of a tree, even if humanity has lost track. So today, […]

April 10, 2009 | Posted in faith, Life