Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what words can do. They can cut a person down or lift them up. They can overwhelm another with beauty or devastate their soul. I am always searching for the words that want to be said because when you find them, they can change everything.
This past week, I shared the news about my marriage ending. This has been the hardest decision I have ever made, and the process has been unfolding for almost the past year. So when I finally made the decision to talk about it on social, it came more from a place of scars than open wounds.
Distraction is no friend to a writer. If we are going to truly do work that matters, however, we can’t just fight distraction. We have to understand it.
Last week, someone pointed a gun at me in a dive bar in Wisconsin. My friend Jake and I were on a road trip, and he had a hankering for his favorite beer, so we drove across the Illinois-Wisconsin border to get it. As we sipped our Spotted Cows, we noticed a young man taking […]
These days, I seem to be going through a personal renaissance, re-thinking who I am, what I do, and my contribution to the world. I keep running into other writers, artists, and creative professionals who seem to be struggling with the same thing: What does nurturing your creative life in a pandemic actually look like?