Sarah Moon and the Writer’s Block Redemption

I wish they made ex-lax for your brain because I have writer’s block. Yup. I’ve been trying to write something for days and…nothing. I’ve got nothing. So, I’m going to write about my failure to write, and what I’m doing about it. We’ll see within the next few days whether or not my efforts pay off. If you see another blog post by me, that means they’ve worked and maybe they’ll work for you too! I’m reading Rob Bell: Say what you want about Rob Bell, but the man is good at … [Read more...]

The problem with generalization

I have been unable to avoid thinking about the issue of gender roles in our society and in the church. A few days ago, a famous pastor posted a facebook status calling people to mock "anatomically effeminate males," and reactions to this brought up some interesting discussion in the blogging world. "What gives us the right to call a man effeminate?" people wondered. Where do our standards come from? Inspired by others (especially Tyler L. Clark and Dianna E. Anderson) who were frustrated with … [Read more...]

Why I Shouldn’t Write (According to Me)

Writing is hard work sometimes... Like right now, for instance. I've always felt called by God to write. That's my part right now in this race that we call the Christian life. But I must admit that I've spent most of my life on the sidelines. Why? Because I made too many excuses. But lately, as I've been pondering these excuses, and as I've been reading advice from writers that I look up to, I've been learning something. Most excuses aren't legitimate. These are my 5 most commonly used … [Read more...]

When Stephen King Punched Me in the Face (figuratively speaking)

For the past four days, I have been blogging daily. I know that may not seem like much of an accomplishment, but if you'll take a look at the dates of my other blog posts, you'll notice that this is a new record for me. My previous record for most consecutive days in which I blogged is probably a whopping 1. But, a couple weeks ago, I finished reading Stephen King's book, On Writing (which is a must-read for anyone who wants to be a writer, by the way). It inspired me, encouraged me, but most … [Read more...]

The Art of Making Tacos (or, Think Outside the Bun!)

Two weeks ago, I blew a fuse on my creative energy. A series of painful events produced entirely too much of an emotional charge for me to be able to channel all the feelings into enlightening works of art.  Bright ideas would flare up and then short-circuit (I really hope my electrical analogies make sense...or that no electricians read this. I have not bothered do to any research). In the midst of my emotional brown-out, I have been longing for time recharge my creative energy. If I just … [Read more...]