The Message Calendar

A good friend of mine (who is also a marketing professional) suggested that, while I'm approaching so much about my writing career in a new, highly strategic way, I may want to consider approaching my blog with the same vision. As someone familiar with messaging, I couldn't believe I hadn't done this before. Except that, most days, I just have [...]

The Drumroll

On the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother, one of my favorite characters (Victoria) puts off her first kiss with Ted because of something she calls “The Drumroll.” The Drumroll is the lead-up to the kiss. The anticipation. The imagining of what the kiss will be like, and the waiting for the realization of that hope. She’s willing [...]

The Real Underdog

Last week was my favorite week of the year. The first round of the NCAA Tournament. Well, technically, the first and second rounds, together. Tuesday and Wednesday, two nights of games, and then Thursday through Saturday. Literally every minute of the day could be filled with basketball of some kind. There is no better week on the planet. It's a [...]

Pontiff-icating: To Liberate and Conserve

I was listening to Father Rocky talk today on King of Kings Catholic radio (Relevant Radio) because I like to go straight to the source for my news. As we all know, today was the election of the newest Pope, and while the news was being discussed everywhere from Facebook to Fox News, I wanted to hear what the most [...]

The Next Big Thing

It's been roughly two months since His Wounded Heart hit the shelves and the most common question I'm getting from readers and friends is: what are you working on next? Well, as I've told many of you, I'm working on the sequel. Here are some of the consequences of writing a sequel. Or even contemplating one. Reader Expectations. Everyone who's read the first [...]