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A Long Walk With My iPod

Life’s busy, what with my job and my kids and my running the youth group and chores around the house, so when I sit down to write in the evening, sometimes my mind is a bit tired. So when I’m working on a big project like Strin & Fred, getting…

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DToT #44 – Whose Outline Is It Anyway?

This entry is part 43 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

I might be holed up hermit-like while writing more Strin & Fred, but I can still poke up my head for a podcast here and there. In the most recent episode of Derailed Trains of Thought, we discuss the process of planning: Look–it’s a fact. Not everyone can make diabolically…

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The Madness to My Method

This entry is part 31 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

As I dig deeper into Book 3 of Strin & Fred, I thought I’d explain how I go about creating this particular story. Trouble on the Horizon started by throwing two characters into a situation they didn’t understand. I didn’t really understand it either, but I had fun figuring it out….

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DToT #43 – The Child Within

This entry is part 42 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Yes, yes, it’s another blog about how you should be listening to Derailed Trains of Thought, the world’s greatest (and only) podcast about storytelling hosted by two guys by the name of Nick Hayden and Timothy Deal. This episode’s topic — kid’s movies and kidlit. The official write-up: Not everything’s…

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Strin & Fred #3 – April 2014 Update

This entry is part 30 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

All right, everyone! I’ve let my blog sit around unused for some time, and it’s not likely to get better, either. But there’s at least one good reason for that–yes, that’s right! Not only did I say I was going to make progress on Strin & Fred #3, I actually…

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The Boy Who Cried “Fred!”

This entry is part 29 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

If you’ve paid attention over the last five-plus years, you’ve probably heard me say something like this: “You know what, I’m really going to start working on Strin & Fred again. Like, really really.” I’ve said it on podcasts. I’ve said it on this blog. I’ve said it to various…

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DToT #42 – Why We (Don’t) Create

This entry is part 41 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Hey, it’s a new episode of Derailed Trains of Thought, the premier podcast about storytelling,  co-hosted by yours truly! Actually, this episode my cohort Timothy Deal and I dig into our reasons for storytelling as well as discuss all the obstacles and inner demons that keep us from actually putting…

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The Call

Recently, I was listening to a podcast from the Gospel Coalition and these older pastors were discussing what they wished they had known when they were just getting started in the ministry. They mentioned how young pastors have dreams of changing the world, transforming culture, writing books, and generally leaving…

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DToT #41 – Can’t See No Forest For All These Trees

This entry is part 40 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

My blog tour is on a roll, so please check that out, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the most recent episode of Derailed Trains of Thought is up and ready for listening. Here’s the rundown: We all have our little pet scenes and characters. You know, that…

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‘Unremakable’ Virtual Book Tour – Feb 3-7

After a holiday break, I’m actually up to some more promo from The Unremarkable Squire. I know, I know, you’ve all already read it and loved it and wrote gushing reviews for it, but I’m sure someone, somewhere, hasn’t heard about Obed and his band of misfits yet. (Maybe they live…

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Derailed Trains Podcast Over the Hill

Of the many Internet promotional activities I perform with less-than-stellar ability, at among the top contenders has to be the timely promotion of my podcast, Derailed Trains of Thought, on this website. If you don’t know,  for the last few years my friend Timothy Deal and I have been producing a…

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Take a Moment to Examine “His Death”

It’s been rather silent on my blog lately. Besides the regular Internet absence brought on by the holidays, I’ve been working on things not ready for public viewing. One, I’ve been preparing for The Unremarkable Squire blog tour coming up in February. That’s been interesting, since I’ve heard of these so-called…

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