Creative Pep Talk: Keep Going

June 28, 2016

Starting something new–a book, a piece of art, a 30-day Yoga challenge–can be discouraging. As Papa Ernest Hemingway said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” The key to getting better is, of course, not giving up, but that can be hard to remember when you’re looking at what Anne Lamott calls “the shitty first […]

Hated the Ending of BEACH GLASS? Good News.

October 8, 2015

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 you why. If you […]

From the Art: Interview with Author James Connor

September 10, 2015

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 that was three years long. (You probably could develop super powers after meditating […]

What They Talk About When They Talk About Creativity

August 11, 2015

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 interviewing authors, artists, […]

Keeping It (Creatively) Real

June 9, 2015

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 lives, could possibly suck.  Danny described the innocent-at-first […]