A Letter to Me From My Kids

Dear Dad! The kids and I thought we would get together and write you a heartfelt letter. With summer winding down, we can tell that you’ve been kind of stressed lately. We thought it was time to set the record straight on a few things. First, parenting is not supposed to be fun. So that […]

Avoiding the Poop

Easily twenty percent of my daily mental energy is spent figuring out how to avoid getting poop on myself. Between my 8 month old Josh, my 21 month old Fulton, and my 473 month old self, I’ve got way too many opportunities each day to land on the bad side of feces. And why do […]

Write Weird

So, as a new writer, you’ve got to balance a few things. First, you have to know how to tell a story. Second, you need to know your craft. Grammar, how to write sentences, paragraphs, showing verses telling, blah, blah, etc… And Third? I think you should try to be weird. Seth Godin always does […]

How To Apologize

Lots of Athletes and Celebrities get themselves into jams where it seems the public wants them to apologize. And invariably when the offenders try, they muck the whole apology up. I’m here to help. Although I may not be able to give the greatest advice on how to do the right thing all the time, […]

Kill Your Darlings Is Stupid Advice

And sometimes its not. You’ve heard the sage old writing advice, Kill Your Darlings. The general idea being that one way to strengthen your writing is  find those elements of the project nearest and dearest to your heart and eliminate them like a surgeon cutting out a diseased tumor. You’re writing will be stronger for […]

Rick Riordan on Writing For Young People

I found this in my notes and probably didn’t get the wording exactly right but I am approximately close.  Here then, are Rick Riordan, fabulously successful author of Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and the Kane Chronicles (and many more), and his tips for writing for young people.   Tip 1 – Don’t write the […]

Merely Competent Writers

In Stephen King’s On Writing, he writes the following: “…while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help to make a good […]