The Binge Writer

May 23, 2015

Campfire Pentecost

Spring always reintroduces two important things back into my life—hot dogs and campfires. I love sitting outside on a cool night, listening to a crackling fire while, roasting hot dogs. Living in the Midwest, there’s nothing more exciting than the return of spring after a long cold winter. As a parent, I cherish spring. It brings ample opportunities to get the kids out of the […]
May 18, 2015

Leaping Lucy

I used an American Girl doll to extract my six-year-old daughters tooth. I removed it the old-fashioned way, by tying one end of the dental floss to her tooth and the other end to Lucy, the American Girl doll. I convinced my daughter to let Lucy assist with the delicate operation. I’ll be honest this genius idea only came after thirty minutes of negotiations during […]
May 13, 2015

Muddy Knees

My arms ached as I hefted around 30 pounds of a muddy grimy two-year old boy.  Even though my muscles burned, I relished every moment down the mountain. My son Carrick was worn out. Tired of stepping over roots, trudging through muddy trails, and slipping on slick wet stones, my boy succumbed to his tiredness. He was a champ. His little legs had carried him […]
February 13, 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Who doesn’t love the lyrics from the movie Frozen? I’ll admit, I know every word of every song. But before you judge me, know that I have three children under the age of eight. As a dad, it is my job to be engaged with their world and their culture. Plus who doesn’t love Disney? I like living in Ohio. We get snow all winter […]
October 9, 2014

Child Evangelists

I recently moved with my family to a new house. My children love it because we have neighbors. Neighbors who are there age, children they can play with. Like any good pastor’s kids, my children quickly asked their new friends to come to church. We were proud of their initiative, but we shared in their frustration as the neighbors reported that they are not allowed […]
October 2, 2014

Mosquito Nets for Jesus

A cacophony of nighttime jungle sounds serenaded my son and I in our cabana. Surrounded by darkness in the lush Belizean jungle, Carver and I had time to talk about life and ministry. My seven-year-old son and I led a family mission trip to Belize. We were stationed in the city of Armenia. We spent the days hosting a soccer camp and read more here… […]
August 18, 2014

Cussing For My Kid

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August 15, 2014

Introducing Meeta…. Thunder Draka

Meeta is Avortovar’s trusty mount in The Last Waveson – Grafting. The thunder draka is one of the offspring of the Ancient Dragons of Ol. Learn more about the adventures of Meeta and Avortovar in the upcoming series, The Last Waveson.  
August 11, 2014

Rattlesnake Summit

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June 17, 2014

Snuggle Time

Check out my blog post about showing love to my daughter by making “snuggle time” special… You can find out more at the just18summers blog.
October 1, 2015

New Post at TWC – The Art of Two-Dimensional Characters

A master novelist paints his story with dynamic two-dimensional characters. The characters are woven into the story like puzzle pieces. Each is important to the final picture, but standing alone they bring no significant revelation to the final image. Two-dimensional characters are flat. They lack depth, are partially developed, and often are stereotypically inclined. But stories need two-dimensional characters. They bring the story to life, […]
September 29, 2015

Writing Contests – Winning Can’t Be Duplicated

  When it comes to entering writing contests, it’s important to remember that winning can’t be duplicated. Many children’s sports leagues contain participation awards. Writing is very different form children’s sports. Publishers and agents aren’t looking for authors who have received participation awards. They are looking for authors who can write well enough to sell books. Contests often help speed up an agents or publishers […]
September 25, 2015

My New Post at TWC – When Weed Words Creep into Your Writing

Have you ever read through your manuscript only to realize the same words keep popping up like weeds in a garden? If your answer is yes, relax—we all do it. In the flurry of keystrokes, some words just appear. You didn’t want them. You don’t remember thinking them. But nevertheless, they sprout like common weeds. Your mind can often add unintentional words to your writing. […]
July 17, 2015

My New Blog – 5 Ways to Survive the Christian Fiction Downturn

  Check out my new blog, 5 Ways to Survive the Christian Fiction Downturn, at The Write Conversation! http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2015/07/5-ways-to-survive-christian-fiction.html