Jousting the Dragon

Jousting the Dragon

Working on the very early stages of a new book — the stage where nothing is clear yet, and my brain feels like it’s trying to catch rays of light with a fishnet. This is extremely uncomfortable. From time to time (like every ten minutes) I have to get up from my...
Course Correction

Course Correction

11-11-14 | Nobody knows your path in life better than you do. Nobody, that is, except the rest of the universe.

Failure Is the Only Option

Failure Is the Only Option

Finishing up work on Among Heroes, my next book with my Navy SEAL sniper buddy Brandon Webb, getting it ready for its release this coming May. A scene late in the book gives us a chance to talk about what it means to fail. It takes place at a tournament for top high...
Bigger on the Inside

Bigger on the Inside

10-26-14 | The day I read the final page of the Narnia chronicles marked the end of my childhood and beginning of something else. My adulthood, I suppose.

The Ordinary Moment

The Ordinary Moment

10-21-14 | The doorway to “perfect just as it is” lies just inches away, and we step through it again in every moment.

Death and Birth

Death and Birth

10-14-14 | In my eulogy for Sylvia, Ana’s mom, at her memorial service, I shared my views on how death happens. It’s like this.

The Meaning of Memories

The Meaning of Memories

9-30-14 | What is your favorite sound? Mine is a train whistle in the distance. As a kid, I used to lie awake at night, hearing it in the distance, hauntingly beautiful, like the mating call of an ancient and extinct species of giant bird or mythical airborne whale.

Saying Yes

Saying Yes

9-16-14 | They say dogs understand a good deal more of the words we speak than we realize. Our intrepid seven-pound poodle Ben understands a lot.

Milk, Flour, Eggs

Milk, Flour, Eggs

9-5-14 | What are the ingredients of a meaningful, satisfying life? I think they boil down to three: love, work, and trouble.

What Does It All Add Up To?

What Does It All Add Up To?

8-27-14 | The task of writing a book sometimes feels so overwhelming that I could see it tipping me over the edge into despair. What keeps me sane and gets me through it is a belief I have. It may sound weird, but it is the singular faith that pulls me through every difficult stretch and dark time in the writing process: To me, the finished story already exists.

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