Author’s Journey

Adventures in Travel: Going the Long Way

Adventures in Travel: Going the Long Way

Since becoming a full-time freelancer in 2011, I’ve been teaching at writers conferences, which means I’ve done a lot more travel than I did when I worked for the newspaper. In the last couple of years I’ve flown to St. Louis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, and, most recently, Grand Rapids. Next week I’ll be off […]

Misdirection and the Gullibility of the American People

Misdirection and the Gullibility of the American People

Dr. von Ratner eyed the incubators through the two-way mirror. They sat in the waiting room, arms crossed over their chests and trembling, terrified, but not of him or of what he was about to do to them. No, they feared the consequences of their own actions. They believed he was here to help. Von […]

Just Make Do

   “Just make do” or, “just make do with what you have” was instilled in me growing up. My parents were infused with a healthy dose of Depression Era thrift. This week my husband and I had a week without our kids. While it sounds like a time full of date nights and intimate moments, […]

Weight Loss Is Not About Willpower

Weight Loss Is Not About Willpower

Secrets from the Eating Lab, a book by Traci Mann, somehow manages to be both reassuring and discouraging. Nevertheless, I love this book. The author won me over before she even gets to page one, because in the preface she notes that willpower is not what influences weight loss. Despite what most people assume, a […]

Writing Shorts

Writing Shorts

As you know if you’ve been following me for awhile, I’m pretty into short fiction. My short story collection, The Heir, is coming out soon (stay tuned!), I’ve done quite a number of short stories on this blog, and of course I’ve done plenty of them via Splickety/Havok. I really like writing it. I like […]

The Need for Opposing Worldviews in Christian Fiction

The Need for Opposing Worldviews in Christian Fiction

When Christian authors talk about religion in their books, the main topic is often how we’ve incorporated a biblical worldview. I have another question to throw at you: how are you incorporating non-biblical worldviews? Why bother with focusing on religions that clearly aren’t Christian? 1. Realistic Variety — The world is filled with non-Christians. It […]

Spicy Water And Other Incongruities 

Spicy Water And Other Incongruities 

 Yes, those are jalapenos in ice water. Chalk this up as “only in Tucson”. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking tap water from The Old Pueblo, you’ll know drinking water flavored with chiles that might burn your taste buds would be a welcome addition. This particular concoction was at a posh hotel, so there […]