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‘Artists’ don’t stop

Austin Kleon’s newest effort – Keep Going This newest work by Austin Kleon really hit me – at a time I needed it most. 2019 – Move to a new city 2019 – Renting in said city 2019 – Baby turns 1 year old 2019 – New job in city 2019 – New church 2019…

‘Real’ Artists Share

– from Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work Our math teachers (I’m looking at you Allyson Upchurch Tucker, Teresa Rankin, and Michael Whittenburg) taught us to “show your work” in each step to solving a mathematical equation. It permitted us to see the process from beginning to end. It also helped us prepare for scary acronyms…

Art as Theft

This was an interesting read for me when I really needed it (about 1 year ago). I highly recommend it for a multitude of reasons: 1.) desire to be more creative 2.) desire to share ideas with others 3.) interest in drawing better doodles 4.) simplifying your schedule Austin Kleon brings a whole new approach…

Rediscovery

An early version of the prayer wheel. “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16a Prayer has frequently crept into a back corner for me. The ‘I’m too busy’s take over. I…

Undignified

2 Sam. 6:22 A – ” I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” Author Jim Forest’s account of meeting Thomas Merton for the first time is one of my all-time favorite stories about meeting your hero. Think of yours. Think of how you’d expect them…

Influence

If your sphere of influence is literal, what does it touch? One person at work. Maybe two at the store. These are three people, in that order, that no one else has the privilege to encounter quite like you. To make an impact. Them on you. And conversely, you on them.

Poem

Ocean, ocean pushing past You traveled far and now you’re here To wet the feet of sunburned travelers Your touch is like bathwater The foam of many rolls Thank you for breaking where you did Our toes are grateful The sand climbs to our calves The wind pushes beyond the dunes Resplendent mercies are ours…

Writing / Faith

I firmly believe writing is now an exercise in faith for me. Would I have said this 5 years ago? … But the more time I log at a desk, ideas hit me, I see something greater at work. What strengthens you? In Greek, the root word for faith, offers us both a noun –…

Secret Places

verse taken from Jer. 23:24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? No. This isn’t the voice of Amazon. Although that sentiment rings true for many of us, when we think of some all-knowing, all-seeing omnipotence. America is seeing a trend towards more than just commercialism, idolatry, and self-worship. We,…

Join me this weekend!

Friday, 4/26 – Saturday, 4/27 in Bowling Green, KY The middle grade and young adult events will take place on Friday, 4/26. There will be panel discussions and time to ask authors questions. (I’ll be co-hosting a session on YA writing at 11am.) Then, Saturday, 4/27, you will have plenty of time to get copies…
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