Everyone’s proverbial pair of shoes

Empathy. It’s one of those things you have to work at; not everyone has it. And even those who have it do not always have it for everyone – not particularly by choice, but mostly because really isn’t easy to understand what you’ve never gone through or experienced. Writing fiction, I need to have empathy […]

Thou shalt not be repelled

I wrote 5,000 words in six days. And on the seventh day, I tossed them in the bin. My first thought? What a waste. But is anything really wasted in the process of writing and rewriting? Or even in the context of life? So now I’m in the middle of writing another 5,000 words to replace […]

Sunday thoughts I’m ashamed of

Whenever the new roster comes out I’m always thrilled to discover that I’ve got some Sundays off. That means I can attend church service and get back in touch with my spiritual family. But when Sunday comes around all I want to do is sleep. My relationship with sleep I love sleep. And sleep loves […]

What you-had-to-be-there jokes tell us about good writing

We’ve all had that really funny experience that is never funny when we try to tell it to other people. “You had to be there,” we say as an excuse for our lack of eloquence. But it’s not our fault, is it? There are simply some very hilarious moments that are only hilarious if we […]

How to get creative ideas and why the police won’t be happy with me

Where do you get your ideas? It’s the one question people keep asking writers, painters, musicians — practically all artists — and the question the artists themselves cannot seem to find a definite answer for. Well, I can. God sends them my way. That’s it, plain and simple. All of the thoughts that land on […]

How cunning parents use bedtime stories and why I write fiction

bedtime stories

I’m not a parent — no, not yet — but like everyone else, I was once a kid, so let’s dive into this with you knowing that I’m coming at it from the perspective of a child. My mother’s stories I used to be one of those children who always asked for books before bed. […]

A writer with writer’s cramp

writer's cramp

About a year ago, I was diagnosed with writer’s cramp. It’s a rare form of focal dystonia, which means that my arm muscles immediately clench for no reason, and only when I write. I’ve had it for a while, around ten years or so, but I didn’t think there was anything clinically wrong with me […]

What our parents don’t tell us about the Golden Rule

Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets. – Matthew 7:12 This is the Golden Rule. You might have also seen it attributed to Confucius who said, “Do not impose on others what you do not wish […]