Writer, Father, Husband, Dabbler
Something happened when my daughter was born. Something so subtle, that I didn’t realize it until today (over two years later). Something so intense that it excites and frightens me at the same time. It’s one thing, but it has two affects. This one thing (I’m still not sure what to call it — maybe it’s just fatherhood in general?) makes my dreams brighter and my nightmares darker. My dreams have never been so aspirational, so high-reaching, so…BIG. My dreams go far beyond me. (Even in marriage, my dreams were heavily related on what Erin and […]
I have never met a person who found satisfaction in removing garbage from the bin in the kitchen, taking it into the garage (or outside), and putting it into a garbage can.
As a matter of fact, a lot of people put off taking out their garbage.
If we’re honest, we even push the trash down to create space so the next person will have to take it out. (more…)
I was at a tux fitting last weekend for my best friend. I’m his best man.
Afterward, we went to a restaurant with his father, his fianceé, her father, and another groomsman.
I’m in the middle of my cheddar ale soup and one of them says to me, “You’ve really taken to fatherhood.”
Then someone else says, “You’re a natural dad.”
“Wow! That’s so nice! Thanks for saying that.”
^^That’s what I didn’t say.
I’m now two days into writing my NaNoWriMo novel, The Signateur, and I’m over 5,000 words already. (That’s one day ahead for anyone counting.) Better yet, I’m learning more about my characters and my story as I write them. It’s always so interesting to me how, though I’m consciously in control of the story, my subconscious is also in charge of some part of this. It can lead to surprises about who I thought a character was and who they end up being. But what I’m most excited about is sharing my cover for the novel. It […]
It occurred to me that I’ve written a lot about what I’m writing but very little about why I’m writing. So, on the eve of National Novel Writing Month, let me share why I’m attempting to write a novel this November. Very few people know that I’ve had several of my poems published in a couple of literary journals. Those people are either related to me or they’ve read the small line at the bottom of my “writer’s résumé.” I don’t talk about my published poetry because I feel like I’m too young for people to […]
There’s just three days until the craziness of NaNoWriMO begins and The Signateur comes to life.
I’ve got my plot.
I’ve got my caffeine supply.
I think I’m ready—which means I’m probably not.
The trees are changing color.
Pumpkin spice is everywhere.
It’s novel writing season.
For 2014, I’m writing a novel titled The Signateur. It started as an idea I had shortly after I abandoned my novel last year. When I was looking for story ideas for this year, I found it in my Ideas folder in Evernote. (Score one for technology.) (more…)
I’m five months into fatherhood.
The days are long.
The weeks are short.
My sleep hasn’t yet recovered.
And I love every minute.
But, though Claire is constantly hitting milestones that are advanced for her age, I want her to be older now. (more…)
This is my fifth year participating in the social media room, which is a wired room shared by about twenty of the most talented bloggers, photographers, and social media specialists in the church world. (more…)
Memorial Day weekend means a lot more to me now that it’s also my anniversary weekend. I woke up that Monday relaxed and ready to spend time with my family.
As I got of bed and checked my phone, I had four notifications from marketers trying to get me to buy something.
As someone who has sent marketing emails, I have always been conscious of sending an email at the right time. But I also made decisions not to send people on holidays or other special occasions because I knew it was ethically questionable.
So on Memorial Day weekend, I felt conflicted—understanding the plight of the marketers but also wanting to be left alone on a holiday—so I just deleted the emails and went about my day.
On the Fourth of July, I woke up with five marketing emails in my notifications, and I was upset. (more…)