Love Unconditionally

In our whirlwind world, relationships are shallow and conversations circular.

Why don’t we dig deep? It’s hard to say. Maybe because it’s easy to skim the surface with superficial friendships, to define a relationship by the click of a button. Perhaps we just don’t want the work (and danger) of diving deep into another person’s heart. Or maybe we’re afraid—afraid others won’t understand, or that we’ll be hurt in the process.

But a terrifying possibility lurks beneath them all: we don’t know how. Maybe our culture no longer really knows how to forge deep relationships. Continue reading “Love Unconditionally”

This (Un)Professional Writing Blog

“Be yourself.”

It’s a trite phrase by now, drained of its meaning by repetition. We’ve heard it everywhere—pop songs, Disney movies, YA books. Writers, especially, get told variations on this theme all the time. Find your “voice.” Embrace your individuality. Draw inspiration from your personal experience.

And don’t get me wrong, it’s all good advice.

If only we actually took it. Continue reading “This (Un)Professional Writing Blog”

It Must Be Green

You may think that writers are independent, autocratic individuals who spend hours with fingers glued to their laptop keys, hammering out words. You might think that a writer is someone who is snobbish and protective of their precious work. Someone ready to explain away every plot hole and rationalize the importance of the most minor characters.

And, yeah, you’re right. Continue reading “It Must Be Green”

Current Bookshelf

I get fidgety when I’m not writing anything.

And right now I have nothing to write. Don’t get me wrong—I’m working on multiple projects right now. But one of them is Book #3 in The Reinhold Chronicles, and that mammoth of a draft needs words to be cut, not added. I also have a super exciting concept for my next novel after the Reinhold books, but that’s just an outline—and most of it’s still just a bunch of junk rolling around in my brain.

So, yeah, I haven’t been using much more than the backspace key lately. Is this sentence absolutely necessary? How about this dialogue tag? Why say “sat down” when you could just say “sat”? Why have her sit at all when she’s just going to stand a few lines down? Really, really, deliciously exciting work. It’s necessary (Book #3 is currently 646 pages) but fun, it is not.

I realized that I’m filling the writing hole with reading—a lot of it.  Continue reading “Current Bookshelf”