We are thrilled to welcome today's guest, Ryan Decker! In a world where there are literally thousands, if not millions of people competing to do exactly what you want to do, how will you stand out? How will you ever get noticed? You may assume there are too many obstacles to overcome or not enough … Continue reading How to be in the top 10% of your industry
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do. -- Brené Brown At the end of July, much like the end of December, I look forward with great anticipation to the start of a new year. I think of the things I’ll be able to do now that … Continue reading Braving Writing
I spent the better part of Saturday demolishing a commercial unit. My dad has several units that need to be remodeled as different tenants come in and, since he is out of the country currently, we made a deal that was a win/win and resulted in demolition. The thing that is different about this kind … Continue reading Demolition and Revision
I recently started working on a story that is about two sisters, their dreams and ambitions that are both independent of each other and undeniably intertwined with each other. The sister relationship is a tricky one because it’s the only connection I know of where someone can both love and hate equally, simultaneously, and then … Continue reading How do Your Characters Love?
I have a daughter who is almost seven, and thanks to an audio book collection we've started playing in the car, she has fallen in love with the adventures of Ramona Quimby, a timeless character written by Beverly Cleary. My claim for the timelessness of these books comes from personal experience—when I was seven or … Continue reading Not All Drama has to be Dramatic
My successes as a baker have been very hit and miss. I can make one recipe and a month or two later, when I try to make it again, end up with a failure. Same cook, same products, same mixer and house and stove and attention and . . . flop. I was reminded of … Continue reading The Road to Perfection
We had a wet and relatively mild winter, followed by a fairly mild spring. Along came the soaring temperatures with the accompanying winds of June, and the backstory was set. All it took was one person who probably thought he was doing the right thing by burning down the dried out weeds, but the one … Continue reading Understanding the Inciting Incident