The Runner – The Process

The Runner is story number six in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Wake – The Process

Wake is story number five in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Hundred Eyes – The Process

A Hundred Eyes is story number four in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Pinnacle to Heaven – The Process

A Pinnacle to Heaven is story number three in the #52ShortStories challenge. As the epigraph of the story implies, the springboard for this story came from a Robert Frost poem. I’m thinking pulling potential titles from poetry is going to be a regular thing as the imagery just comes so naturally. But…

I Think YOU Can Be A Genius

The saying goes, “Asking the right question is half the answer.”1 There’s a popular misconception of nature-vs-nurture. It’s built into the nomenclature for crying out loud. People bandy it about as if the two terms are constantly opposing forces, each trying to dominate the other. A more accurate way to think about this concept, then, might be to rebrand it …

Contemplating Fear

“Our greatest growth spurts happen when we are children risking and daring and falling down and embarrassing ourselves.” – Steve Chandler, Time Warrior If you met me in person, you’d realize that I don’t have a lot to say. It’s not that the thoughts aren’t there. It’s just that they won’t come out of my mouth. Typically, it’s because you’re not …

Tell Your Fears to Go Eat Mud. Play BTFI.

Has the increased level of attention in the years since the show came on made you feel like more of a perfectionist in your writing? Is it more challenging to write now?   Yes! And that doesn’t necessarily just revolve around the show. Although the show may, indeed, be part of it. The books have been enormously successful. I think …

Finding your Genius

Some of you may already be familiar with this TED Talk, but it recently wound up on my browser doorstep and I found the idea agreeable: -Phillip

Don't Waste Time

Without going into too much detail, a close family member had a sudden brush with death. They’re OK now, but the whole event served as a powerful reminder. Don’t waste time. Sometimes we feel we have all the time in world and other times we feel like we don’t have enough, but both roads can lead to dreams unrealized. We …