Life Lesson #1: Don’t Try, Be.

Some things you can’t teach. If I have to tell you what they are, then you’ll never understand the rest of this post. Instead of trying, learning, and scrugglin’, scrugglin’, scrugglin’, you just have to be. Decide to be and be. No one teaches Hall of Famers to stand above the crowd. Rather, if anything,…

On Inspiration – A Story from the Guess Who

Here’s a nice little animation about the origin of the song “American Woman,” and it’s almost accidental creation by the Guess Who. And now, I’m guessing you want to hear the whole song, so here it is. Here’s the coolest version you’ll ever find: Lenny Kravitz on guitar and lead vocals, Prince on lead guitar…

You Don’t Know Me

One of the best–and the most frustrating–things about writing is that inspiration changes from moment to moment, and characters and plot lines refuse to be contained. In a moment of such inspiration, I’d come up with an archetype for a character in my book. Rather than my normal process of determining a personality type, I…

Do. Be. Write.

In terms of actively writing, I recently figured out that over the last 4.5 years, since I wrote that 1st short story that turned into the Stream, I’ve averaged only 476 words per day. That’s about equal to a blog post, or about 1 1/3 paperback pages per day. However, over the 4.5 years, it…