Music: A New Venture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJj1V0sUbxA It's a real thing: I've recorded an EP (thanks to Nickels Hawkeye!), and it's almost out there.  It's called GOTTA GO ON, and there are five tracks available. Nickels was great to work with and did really quality engineering on the project, and while it's not perfect (in terms of my own performance), much …

THE BATTING CAGE: One Story, Two Perspectives

Here's an interesting thing, a chance to get the same father-son story from the perspective of two writers.    Daniel, my son, had an interesting (not exactly tragic, but close) baseball experience when he was little, and later that night, after it happened, I sat and wrote the whole thing down, so I wouldn't forget. …

Work

Odd that "work" is on my mind at the beginning of the July 4th weekend.  You can't study the Civil War without being constantly reminded of slavery, and henceforth, "work."  Slavery was about labor that must be performed by someone if crops are to be harvested.   As I think about my next writing project, …

The Belly of the Beast

It's a metaphor that's been around since Jonah.  Writers talk about it as the state of being deep in the middle of a work as the wheels are coming off, your faith in your talent and in your ideas crashing head-on into failed structures and dead-end choices.   In Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield, …

Going to the End

Run past the finish line, I was told.  Endings are better than beginnings, a wise man said.  Finish well, the old saying goes. Problem is, beginnings come much easier to me.  Maybe to all of us. When watching actors audition, there is a moment I wait for, look for, anticipate with great hope.  It's the …

Learning to Work on Your Work

So I went from full time to half time to all-the-time.  From lots of people everyday to hardly any people any day.   From interactions with people focused primarily on what some would call "spirituality" to interactions based on whatever happens to be flying around the human experience at the moment.   From intense Biblical …