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Losing a Pet (or the Ballad of Crazy Bob)

Losing a pet — it’s something every animal lover has to endure sooner or later. Last week, I said goodbye to my beautiful black Lab Crazy Bob. Best I can figure, he was ten years old this spring, so definitely getting up there for a Lab with a life expectancy of only twelve to fourteen years. […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Listening To, and Using

What has my attention this week? Reading: Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley I picked up Huxley’s classic dystopian utopia Brave New World as part of my ongoing pursuit of the classics (I’m actually into the “L” authors, but Brave New World was at a library I don’t often visit, so I’m behind in grabbing it). His analytical […]

My Top 10 Favorite Things From 2015

My time goes by in such a rush that I often look up at the beginning of a new year, stunned to realize the last year all but disappeared on me. One of my favorite things to do in January is look back on all the memories that stand out from the last year–while they’re still […]

6 Things That Should Have Your Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley Writing buddy Holly Heisey put me onto Kearsley a year or two ago. She’s often touted as being a modern-day Daphne Du Maurier (of Rebecca fame), and I definitely recognize the (much gentler) touches of Du Maurier’s supernatural influences throughout Kearsley’s works. All three of […]

How I Resolve to Make 2016 the Best Year Ever!

There’s no time of the year that isn’t a good time to make positive resolutions for our lives. But I can attest—and I expect you can too—there’s just something about January that inspires reflection and resolve. The Two Best Kinds of Resolutions Specific Goals Some years, I have definite goals. Last year, my goal was […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Favorite Christmas gifts edition. Book: Heroes of the City of Man by William Leithart As a matter of fact, I didn’t receive a single book for Christmas. Shocking, I know. I stopped asking for books a few years ago, because my TBR pile is always ginormous anyway. But I […]

Join My Reading Challenge for 2016: Read 100 Books, Win Prizes!

Do you read a gazillion books every year and want to show off? Did you read only a few in 2015 — and want to commit to reading more this year? How about a reading challenge to inspire and motivate us all? And — even better — how about there be prizes at the end […]

Wayfarer’s First Draft Finished!

I finished a book. I don’t think that feeling ever gets old. Amidst the general blur and busyness of the launch of my historical/dieselpunk novel Storming, I typed the final words in the first draft of my historical/superhero work-in-progress Wayfarer. Its happy dance kind of got lost in the rush. One minute: bam, I’m done. The next: whoosh, […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? Reading: The Golden Bowl by Henry James This will be the last book in my exploration of James. I admit I’ve kind of been putting it off since it’s soooo stinking long. There are a lot of things I appreciate about James (namely, the complexity of his prose and themes), […]

My Top 20 Books of 2015

One of my favorite things about the end of the year is all the “best of” lists. Especially the best books. Of course. As I do every year, here I’m presenting my top 20 books of 2015. I divide my reading into four categories: Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Devotional, and Writing How-To. Below are my top five in each […]