WHAT DAY IS IT? I feel like I’m losing it. Not just because I’m approaching 50 years old, and that’s when we start to lose track of things. It’s happening to me daily and I … Continue reading Reframing Time to Uncover Your Identity
I’VE GOT A PROBLEM Once J.D. Barker began mentoring me on the Writers, Ink podcast, I knew my approach to storytelling would be forever changed. When he told me what I was going to have … Continue reading Using Nostalgia to Create Memorable Characters
Before we get into this month’s essay, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who provided me with feedback on January’s essay. Some of you loved it. Some of you hated … Continue reading The 30-day CHANGE MY FRAME Challenge
You, and only you, are responsible for your life and what you create. And in deciding what you want, by default, you are deciding what you don’t want. The modern myth of “having it all” … Continue reading The Frame: Where to Place Your Focus
My friend Yvonne Carder shared this with me after we spent some time together at an author event. She gave me permission to share it with you. Enjoy. How do you explain to someone about … Continue reading Sharing a passion by Yvonne Carder.
I constantly find myself pulling Seth Godin’s The Dip off the bookshelf and thumbing through the yellowed, dog-eared pages covered in margin notes and scribbles. When you start a lot of things, you inevitably have … Continue reading Failure is an option.
Fun! When was the last time you did something fun? I can’t tell you about everything I did for fun as a teenager as I’m sure I’d incriminate myself in some long-forgotten crime of youth. … Continue reading Have fun but keep it legal.
I’m not sharing this to elicit sympathy from you. I’m not asking for your condolences. On October 5, 2018, my seventy-year-old father was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away on October 28, 2018. It doesn’t … Continue reading Memento mori – The ways you don’t want to live.
New phone. New car. New wife. New life. New everything. I’ve accepted the fact that this is the culture we’ve created. Props to the Baby Boomers who started this, but I can’t place all of … Continue reading Your things own you—a perspective on minimalism.
When did I first hear those words? I’ve heard that phrase my entire life. I’ve said it more times than I can count. Whenever I’ve had a student, one of my children, or my wife … Continue reading Take a moment.