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Blog Posts Are Forever – Be Careful What You Write

Over the past few years, I’ve come across an increasing number of posts from people who share a lot of private stories on a blog.  I’m all grown up and I’ve (so far) lived a reasonably interesting life; it’s true. Yet I still find myself surprised when bloggers write personal, sensitive information that isn’t even about them — it’s about someone they know. Too much information, a.k.a., TMI, people! When I set up my first blog, I was completely unaware that the next chapter of my future would hold a non-stop series of new beginnings, painful endings, major happenings, funny mistakes, completely avoidable mistakes, one-of-a-kind blessings, and unexpected deaths. Oh, and love. I want to tell you everything. More times than I can count, I’ve set my fingers on this very keyboard wit...

The Dream of Becoming a Published Author

It’s 3 a.m. The dream wakes you, scaring you with its intensity, shaking you with its fever. By day it trails you, clings to you, seeps into your skin. At first, you tell no one. Then, little by little, the dream finds words, finds its way out of your mind and into your reality. You are forever changed. Your family and friends tell you they love you, but they’ve heard enough about your imaginary world. They think about screening their calls. You reassure them it’s not some ploy you invented to steer conversation away from the fact that you are, once again, single.  (Well…) You attempt to prove it by weaving your cloth of words during dinner. You begin speaking faster and faster, begin moving through the plot with stealthy determination to reach the best part — the twist — before you ...

Risk and the Unpublished Writer

“Do you believe?” I’ve been asked that question over and over, in various forms, for two long years. Do I believe in what I’m doing? Do I believe the sacrifices are worth it? Do I believe people will want to read my books and short stories? The list goes on. All the while, I’ve been writing and re-writing stories and novels. I’ve been editing and re-editing them, often scrapping entire chapters and starting over again. Writing novels has taught me that, while happy endings are not always possible, they are always plausible. There is virtue in taking a risk of the heart or of the mind. In its best form, risk is faith. And faith is, perhaps, the only part of the human spirit with the power to turn what’s plausible into what’s possible. Faith in the storyli...