Author’s Journey

Facebook Time-Sucks and Character Development

Facebook Time-Sucks and Character Development

Yesterday I got sucked into a Facebook game. The status update I commented on said “Comment on my post, and I will give you a Disney character that reminds me of you! You then find a picture of that character to post on your wall.” The person whose post I commented on gave me Marie, […]

Toward an understanding of the atonement

Toward an understanding of the atonement

For several years now, I’ve been leading a Sunday school class that’s made up largely of ladies older than me, which means it’s difficult to find lessons that will challenge them. They are usually a step ahead of me, to the point that I often consider the point of the lesson to just ask them […]

Sometimes You Just Have to Win

Sometimes You Just Have to Win

One of the most important thing I’ve learned about parenting is that you have to pick your battles. Because once you start one, you have to win it. As soon as a child starts winning a battle of the wills, he’ll never give up. You have to decide whether a given situation is worth fighting […]

Limbo

Limbo

I remember thinking that everything would be awesome after I signed a book contract. Self-doubt would fade. Writer’s block would vanish. No more contests or trying to get noticed. Right? Au Contraire. I almost long for a good contest to enter now. But I can’t. I’m in limbo. I’m not published yet, but I’m contracted […]

Stuff to Add to Your Bucket List

Stuff to Add to Your Bucket List

It’s always good to kick Monday off with a laugh. Which one will you be adding to your list? C’mon, you have to pick one! 

Don’t let self-doubt stop you

Don’t let self-doubt stop you

In our Lenten studies at church, I led a group of about 30 people in a study designed to help them discover their purpose. In our last lesson, we talked about how doubt can often block us from moving forward. I shared about how writers often live in a tension between believing we’ve written works […]

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

It’s that time of year. The weather is warm–in fact, in here in Phoenix, it’s pretty much swimming weather. School has been going for nearly forever. Spring Break was just long enough to give the kids a taste of what the freedom of summer will bring and make it that much harder to go back […]

My Brain is Turducken

My Brain is Turducken

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you know that this last week or so has been rough. We had a bout of flu ravage our household right after a few of us finally got over nasty colds. It’s like the viruses new spring was upon us and we weren’t going to be cooped […]