Everything You Want Is Just Outside Your Comfort Zone

When you decide to change your life, to improve or expound or dream beyond the limits of your hard, tattered shell — many things will happen at once. ¬†And most of them will seem bad. ¬†Whether it’s guardians at the gate (a la Joseph Campbell) or the simple fact that you’ve moved onto that steep,Continue reading “Everything You Want Is Just Outside Your Comfort Zone”

Tips for the Newborn Writer

When did I become a writer?  Truthfully, I don’t know.  I am just the kid who never stopped telling stories.  I was homeschooled, out in the Athens, GA countryside, making up tales (many involving pretending I was a wild horse).  Later, as a teenager, I changed to people-based stories.  Also,  my sister and I wouldContinue reading “Tips for the Newborn Writer”

How Long Should We Wait to Start Living Our Dreams?

I told my friend Nancy, the poet, that when I had four novels finished, I thought I could become a ‘professional novelist’.  She asked, ‘Shouldn’t you be able to do that with one book?’  Therein lies an interesting question — How Long Should We Wait to Start Living Our Dreams? Now, for the dream ofContinue reading “How Long Should We Wait to Start Living Our Dreams?”

The Five Fucking Reasons You’d Better Live Your Dreams

There’s a line I love from Eulogy by Frank Turner.  It’s about going after your big dream.  The song is only 1:35 but it builds to a great point — Well I haven’t always been a perfect person And I haven’t done what Mum and Dad had dreamed But on the day I die I’llContinue reading “The Five Fucking Reasons You’d Better Live Your Dreams”

Wake Up to Your Potential

A couple of weeks ago I got a chance to see the Netherlands Dance Theater group (above) perform live in Chapel Hill, NC.  I believe it will be one of the seminal moments of my life.   I was three rows from the stage, which meant I was maybe 30 feet from 20 people who were someContinue reading “Wake Up to Your Potential”