Happy Birthday to Mom

Today is my mother’s birthday. I won’t tell you how old she is, but if you take my age and add 20, you’ll have an idea. We celebrated last Saturday by taking her out for lunch at a local restaurant, and she enjoyed eating with her two boys, two daughters-in-law, and four grandkids. It was […]

My Daughter and An Untamed Lion

Over the weekend, Rachel got a wild hair of an idea for something she wanted to do with Ella, and asked me what I thought about it. “Do you think she would like it?” Rachel asked. “I don’t know,” I said. “She might. Of course, she might also get the fool scared out of her.” […]

Of Better Stories

A friend of mine, Jason Young, gave me a box of books lately, and one of the treasures I unearthed as I emptied my Huggies box-o-goodness (the official packing box of all parents) was Donald Miller‘s most recent title, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life. I was […]

What Do I Do?

So I keep saying I’m going to publish something, by hook or by crook. I write blog posts about it, start folders on my computer, move essays here and short stories there, and at the end of the day, I find myself staring into space mumbling: “Where do I start?” Today I turn 35. I’m […]

The Evolution of an Idea

I was driving home today, lamenting the fact that I have so many writing projects in process, but none really complete. I mean, sure, I have about 35 short stories that I’m satisfied with, but the big guns, the book-length works, are nowhere near being finished. There’s the vampire church story that’s 3/4 of the […]