The Ocean is Still Out There, Magnificent and Wide

It had been over 20 years since I had seen a beach. I had had good intentions several times over the past few years (“We’ll go for my birthday”; “Let’s cerebrate New Year’s on the beach, watching the sun rise”) but each time bad weather, illness, holiday retail worker craziness, or just the idea ofContinue reading “The Ocean is Still Out There, Magnificent and Wide”

How to Make This a ‘Beacon’ Year

‘We’ll Burn Like a Beacon and Then We’ll be Gone.’ That line is from a Frank Turner song (Poetry of the Deed — great song!) and I think it’s a good setup for you and me to talk about how 2019 is the craziest, awesomest year ever (yet!) and we’ve both about to blow theContinue reading “How to Make This a ‘Beacon’ Year”

To Honor the Failing Darkness

Trying new things is hard. Returning to old things is hard. Doing anything worth doing is probably hard. 😉 But as the darkness of ignorance falls away we become more comfortable, less afraid, less annoyed.  The new is always challenging, which is why we rush past it — getting to know that new boyfriend, wantingContinue reading “To Honor the Failing Darkness”

How to Turn ’18 Up to ’11’

Hi! Good to see you; I know it’s been awhile ;-). So, this year has been crazy. And awesome. Crazy-awesome? Yes. And I’ve wanted to get back to the website for a while but I’ve never found the perfect thing to say, the ideal reentry into the form. But… who cares? I’m just gonna jumpContinue reading “How to Turn ’18 Up to ’11’”

What Will You Do With This Year?

Few people recognize the symbolic value of the blank slate, the clean page, more than writers. Whether looking at our characters, our projects, or the actual blank page in front of us, we know that possibility is a magic few recognize in all its potency. The idea of  ‘New Year’s goals’ has acquired a cynical sheenContinue reading “What Will You Do With This Year?”

To the Young, Broke, Lost, and Extraordinary: Part Two

A young man named Karl wrote me asking for advice. In Part One, I talked about Jobs vs. Careers and how to be the kind of person anyone would love to know. Here, in Part Two, I answer the rest of Karl’s questions. Will I be able to pay my own bills? Like I saidContinue reading “To the Young, Broke, Lost, and Extraordinary: Part Two”

To the Young, Broke, Lost, and Extraordinary: Part One

Hi readers! I got an email a few weeks ago from a young man in Asia who had questions about his life and hoped I could help. I answered him as best I could but his questions were really interesting and made me ponder what I would tell myself if I could talk to aContinue reading “To the Young, Broke, Lost, and Extraordinary: Part One”

“Oh Penhallam, We Love You!” or, A Guide To How to Make the Next Six Months AMAZING

So a few years ago I talked about the possibility of going to an elite academy to pursue the life of my dreams. And now, I’ve done it. And you can too. Because, you see, Penhallam Academy is made up. Not real. A fabrication of the mind. And yet here I sit, in class, learning,Continue reading ““Oh Penhallam, We Love You!” or, A Guide To How to Make the Next Six Months AMAZING”

Welcome to 2018

Happy New Year! And congratulations! I know 2017 got off to a bit of a slow start for you, but man — you picked up the ball and ran with it. The last eleven months have been full of hard work, new challenges, and amazing accomplishments. You might not have gotten everything completed on your resolutionContinue reading “Welcome to 2018”

A Year of Change in Review: Let’s Be Honest

So, I really want to have a knock-down, drag-out with 2016 to figure out what happened, what went wrong, and how to make 2017 amazing. I know a lot of people who have had similarly adversarial relationships with this past year. That said, when I get honest I sometimes depress people by talking about theContinue reading “A Year of Change in Review: Let’s Be Honest”