Hated the Ending of BEACH GLASS? Good News.

This week, my novel BEACH GLASS is out... Again. Only this time, readers may be happier than they were before. Reviews of the novel have been overwhelmingly positive--except for a few people who were really, really disappointed by the ending. If you haven't read BG yet, I won't spoil it by telling … [Read more...]

From the Art: Interview with Author James Connor


Yoga people who meditate their way to superhero powers. That's the basic, and amazingly original, concept behind James Connor's debut novel The Superyogi Scenario. It's fast-paced action, suspense, and spirituality all rolled up in one yoga mat.  James wrote Superyogi during a meditation retreat … [Read more...]

Setting An Intention

Start with this, and you'll find your path to positive change.

The beginning of any journey, endeavor, or change is setting an intention. Very rarely do people just blindly change their lives--any revolution, no matter how small or large, usually starts with some sort of declarative statement. I'm doing this. We say it to ourselves, we tell family, friends, we … [Read more...]

What They Talk About When They Talk About Creativity


A tip of the hat (and an apology) to Raymond Carver for the headline, but it was better than referencing Jurassic World, which wouldn't have made sense at all. This is my convoluted way of introducing a new blog series--From the Art: Creatives on Creativity. In these regular blog posts, I'll be … [Read more...]

Destroying My Yoga Practice

Photo by Nathan Tweti.

Still inspired by Danny Gregory's epiphany in his "Why I sucked" blog, I've been reviewing my own common practices. First was a look at this blog. I started it when my book Cherries in Winter was published in 2009. Back then blogging-as-marketing tool was the Big New Thing. Authors were expected to … [Read more...]

Assembling Team Awesomeness


I don't know about you, but I need help. I need help getting past the voices in my head that are telling me not to bother writing this because nobody's reading this blog. (That may be true, but the plus side is that if I say something stupid, no one will know.) I need help getting past the voices … [Read more...]

Keeping It (Creatively) Real


Recently, artist/author/inspirer Danny Gregory wrote a blogifesto entitled "Why I started to suck & how I plan to stop." In the annals of compelling headlines, that wins the donut. I couldn't imagine how Danny, who dedicates his life to helping people be more creative and therefore live fuller … [Read more...]

Creative Cannibalism


  This week's pop culture inbox brought two big announcements: Hollywood is remaking fantasy/action movie Big Trouble in Little China, and E.L. James's new book, Grey, is a retelling of 50 Shades of Grey from Christian's point of view.  Everything old is new again--even when it's not that … [Read more...]

(Spring) Time to Renew Your Commitment


Spring has finally sprung around here! Sun, temperatures above freezing, even a green shoot or two. I can't help but be inspired by nature's creativity, and hopefully you'll forgive me for using a common metaphor of spring renewal and renewed commitment to your creative project. (Hey, the metaphor … [Read more...]

Ugh; Fear, Again?

Don't let fear keep you in a box.

No doubt, and no surprise: One of the biggest roadblocks to any creative endeavor is fear. Name your poison--fear of failure, or, for the particularly clever, fear of success; fear of making mistakes, of looking silly, of not knowing how to do whatever it is you want to do. We get so mired in fear … [Read more...]