Hello, readers. If you've kept up with me for a few years, or even just a few months, you may have noticed some changes in the blog content. That is, many posts lately are cross-posts with other places I write for, such as Patheos, Off the Page, and Huffington Post. There's a reason for this, … Continue reading A few changes and developments
I turned 29 last week. It wasn’t the happiest of birthdays, for a number of reasons. Aside from dealing with a family crisis (which I’m not at liberty to go into detail about just yet), there’s also a personal, somewhat existential struggle that’s been bringing me down for a while: am I where I thought … Continue reading Your worth doesn’t come from a paycheck
Since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of becoming the next great American novelist. I have published a few novels, and yet none of them are quite as dear to my heart as my two memoirs. I realized something critical about myself the more I’ve devoted myself to nonfiction writing (mostly about the intersection of … Continue reading Why I prefer nonfiction over fiction
Two years ago today, I had my first paid freelance piece published on xoJane. Two years later, with an unrepentant rapist as president, and allegations of abuse against film executive Harvey Weinstein, this piece is still relevant. There are real consequences women face when they come forward, which is why many choose to stay silent. … Continue reading I confronted my rapist via Facebook
I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to read early drafts of Amber Cantorna's new memoir, Refocusing My Family: Coming out, being cast out, and discovering the true love of God. "Refocusing" is a play on the name of the fundamentalist organization, Focus on the Family, of which Amber's family is affiliated. Tragically, … Continue reading NEW RELEASE: Refocusing My Family by Amber Cantorna
What started as one self-published book has now turned into six, with several five-star reviews and bestseller status on Amazon more than once in the last few years. As my writing platform slowly grows, so has my network as a freelance writer and editor, granting me the ability to work from home doing what I … Continue reading I have a Patreon! Please support my writing!
I've had books published for five years now, but I've never looked at the physical editions of my books in my hands and thought, "Wow, this is amazing," until now. This is one of the benefits - and hassles - of self-publishing. Because there's still a stigma that "self published" equals "half-assed," or something one … Continue reading The first time I felt pride as an independent author
I'm going to start giving this "vlogging" thing a try. You can find more of these on a semi-weekly basis by 'liking' my Facebook page, or subscribing to my Youtube channel. I want to offer a few brief thoughts on mental illness in response to the death of Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, and why … Continue reading “Not bad” is a perfectly fine response to “How are you doing?”
Last week I had the opportunity and privilege to appear on The Daily Author podcast, with host Richard Keller of Wooden Pants Publishing. I answered questions about the indie publishing process (a term I prefer over "self publishing," because no one truly publishes anything by themselves!) and about my two memoirs, Confessions of a Prodigal … Continue reading My first podcast
Someone recently shared this article from the Washington Post on Facebook, with the additional commentary: “This is why (so-called) progressive Christians shouldn't scratch their heads wondering how so many Christians voted for the Donald. They did so, possibly and for some definitely, because the enemy of their enemy seemed a friend. I neither voted for … Continue reading How Christians vote: Stick it to Hillary, or WWJD?