On Being a Writer: 1 – In It to Win It

Success in writing, as with any other vocation or avocation, is restricted less by “talent” than by focus. Now, I know that probably differs from conventional wisdom and may be quite a different philosophy than is taught in literature class. After all, we are taught artistic hero worship. We are given the catechism of the…

Whence Ideas Come and Whither They Go

Those who’ve followed my blog for some time know that I think writer’s block is an (ironically) imagined disorder. There is no such thing as a lack of ideas. However, writers can make finding those ideas difficult, often by falling into inflexible routines. Let’s assume, for instance, a writer has always found their story ideas…

Surviving a Lousy Childhood

I published a version of this on this blog before, but it’s been 3 years and most of the people who read my blog probably never saw it. So here’s a reprise. My childhood sucked. Now I will grant you that many people believe their childhoods were miserable; however, few of us born in the…

Nine Times Rise

All of the poems I’ve been posting over the last month have come from my “working” file, also known as the “probably crap” file. I’ve just this week renamed them to “working,” due to the kind response on the blog. Today, my process was the same: I pulled out a poem, read it, didn’t like…

you deserve

You deserve joy and love and laughter walks on a moonlit beach and tickles from the breath of God at your back. You deserve pain-free days and passionate nights best-sellers and gallery displays and knowing you are and have ever been beautiful. You deserve to see what I have seen within you and to cast…

Random Photo Prompt

I posted this to my photo blog and wondered what people could do with it. If you’re so inclined, I’d love to see what words (or other art forms) you can make, with this as inspiration. It’s not a great photo, but it’s a pretty cool sign. And if that one doesn’t move you, maybe…

My Church Has Bugs

My church is nature. On Sundays, you will find me in communion with God, here, amidst his works. Now some would say that means I am spiritual, but not religious. They would be wrong. Although I believe  in houses of God, I prefer the house God built. With the earth my church, I am forced to…

What LeBron and Jordan Taught Me about Writing (and Life)

Writer’s Note: This is a long post, but it’s about the NBA, Writing, and the Key to Life. I am a fan of NBA basketball. In fact, it’s fair to say I’ve been a near fanatic for most of my life. I grew up watching the greats: Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Frazier, Jerry West. I was…

Sensing Synesthesia

My mind is an odd place, I have decided. Since I am a writer, that statement probably wouldn’t surprise most people. It certainly would not shock my parents, both of whom have thought me strange for a long time. But it does surprise me. You see, I never attempted writing fiction – even though I’ve…

Oh, the Places You’ll Go (if you get off your butt)

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where you’ll go. Oh the places you’ll go.” – Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) “I feel that luck…