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    The Problem with Hero Worship (and five ways to be one)

    October 19th, 2014 by spirituality

    Please take a moment to read my newly-published article posted on elephant, titled The Problem with Hero Worship (and five ways to be one)!

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    The Long Haul

    September 26th, 2014 by creative writing

    I owe you an update. Where do I begin? I wrote a novel. Then I revised it. Again. And again. And again. What I’ve come to realize through this process is that novel writing can be a gargantuan task. It’s a terrible and unruly beast. A long-distance race with an invisible finish line that’s always […]

    Where I Am Going, Where I Have Been

    September 29th, 2013 by creative writing  personal

    From the earliest years of my life, stories were my closest and dearest friends. Gifted with an imagination remarkably fertile and grand, elaborate worlds naturally sprung up in my mind. Even before I had a grasp of written language, I spent countless hours weaving together complex tales filled with quirky characters, wrought with imminent dangers […]

    What is the Purpose of a Novel?

    August 16th, 2013 by fiction classifications

    What is the purpose of a novel? I don’t think there is a “one size fits all” approach to the writing experience.  Some readers seek commercial thrillers with the goal of keeping them on the edge of their seats, while others prefer serious literary novels that explore the nature of what it means to be […]

    Death of The Father

    July 2nd, 2013 by death  literary themes

    When I first wrote the untimely death of Ary’s father into the plot of my novel, I never imagined that within three years, my own active, healthy father would be dead after a brave battle with cancer. Losing him rocked my world. It changed me in a fundamental way. I felt like an orphan, lonely […]