Kingdom Come? (A Poem)

One of the things that really concerns me regarding the growing divide between Americans (politically, ideologically, etc.) is the concept of “anything’s fair if we win” or “the ends justify the means.” From those sentiments comes a neverending spiral that drags everyone down. What does Batman become when he kills wantonly in order to “stop” evil?…

Writing a Story Inspired By Another Culture (AKA Why My Newest Novel Celebrates Indigenous Mythology and Culture)

As of today, I am beginning the process of querying my latest novel, Iri and the Spirit World, a Young Adult Fantasy set in Tdhoro, where explorative tribal cultures coexist with mighty elemental spirits whose power comes from their color. Much of my inspiration for this novel comes from my lifelong study of Native American mythology,…

Make Believe (Poem)

First: it’s been far too long since my last post, and for that I apologize. This new novel I’ve been working on has really been gobbling up my time (in the best possible way). Still, I wanted to ensure that some of my writing consistently finds it way into the world, so here’s a new…

Deep End (Poem)

Another day, another heavily rhythmic poem exploring the themes I find most frustrating in the current national debates. We need conversations; not yelling matches. We need understanding; not “agree to disagree.” The longer this goes on (and it’s already been going on for quite a long time), the farther we’ll get into the: Deep End…

Middle Ground (Poem)

As promised, I’ve returned with another poem to share. Like the last, this work is driven by my ongoing heartache and frustration with the way many prominent political leaders have responded to the tragedy in Parkland. More than that, though, today’s poem takes a stab at the breakdowns in communication that have been ongoing with…

Ad Nauseam (Poem)

It’s been over a week, now, since the tragedy at Parkland. If you are at all like me, you were devastated that such horror could happen again…and again…and again over these last years. Though I cannot imagine how those directly affected feel, in the days that followed I read the burgeoning crop of stances, responses,…

Syntax (A Poem)

Thought I would share another poem that I put together. Lately, I’ve been meditating on myself and what gives my strength. Naturally, love–both God’s and my family’s–sits foremost on that list, but writing comes very close after. With that I mind, I wrote this: Syntax Phonemes crisscross my injuries, binding ragged-edged hopes fraying into doubt….

Tapestry (Or How I Came This Far)

As I believe I have mentioned in the past, much of my writing time has been focused on finishing prep on my newest novel (RUNNER) as I will be querying it within the next few days. Nonetheless, I’ve found an itch to do something that I haven’t done in quite some time (i.e. years): write…

Top 10 Writing Songs of 2017

Hello, friends! It has been a while since my last post… BUT THAT’S BECAUSE I FINISHED ANOTHER BOOK! Truth be told, I had the option of setting aside blog posts for a time to focus on finishing RUNNER or keep doing what I was doing, pushing completion further out. Ultimately, we all know what I chose….

Hall-Who-Ween Episode List: Night 2

Hello again, wandering purveyors of the spooky, unusual, and strange. Also, everyone else. Continuing what we started last week, it’s time to reveal the second week of Hall-Who-Ween episodes.  I generally try to create basic themes for each showing, which vary year over year. For example, last year I did zombies, vampires, and ghost themes,…