I will be launching the new blog with a series called Commercialism and Faith. Every few days I will drop a new entry, each building on the previous. In this series I’ll be talking about the affects of advertising on your brain, and how standard, [...]
It was a pretty good year for movies considering there is no money in Hollywood. I think The Hurt Locker was the best movie of the year, followed by An Education. Jeff Bridges did a great job in Crazy Heart (and the music by T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham was terrific) but overall I felt like that movie was creepy. Perhaps Jeff Bridges did too good of a job portraying a washed-up-drunk-country-singer turned babysitter. Up in the Air was [...]
It seems people are having a hard time uploading their movies to the contest site. I removed some duplicates, and now only one film is working. If your film is not working, please remove it and try again. And forgive me for housing the contest on a site that doesn’t seem to be doing what it was designed to do. If anybody out there works with Wildfire and can help, please let me know. I will keep you [...]
Recently I started reading the New Testament again. My friend Ron Frost recommends reading the Bible all the way through, then reading it again, and then again, until you die. So I am taking his advice. And I’m enjoying it. I didn’t start in Genesis this time, I started in Matthew, and so read the account of the Birth of Christ.
If you’ve read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and want to know more about the elements of story as they pertain to writing, I’ve got a DVD series called Into the Elements in which, in a little over four hours, I go through how the elements work in both fiction and non-fiction. It’s a great series for writers, bloggers and even speakers. We filmed the series here in Portland, at the historic Hollywood Theater. You can learn [...]
Not long ago I was having a conversation with a friend who happened to be a Christian. My friend is a writer, and a very smart man. During the conversation, I noticed he kept explaining why he was right. I wanted to test him a bit, I suppose, so I asked him a hard question, essentially, seeing if he would be vulnerable and admit he was human and made mistakes. My friend looked uncomfortable and answered the question carefully, [...]
A couple months ago a friend came through town because his band was playing a show at the Crystal Ballroom. We got breakfast at his favorite spot in Portland (Mother’s Bistro) and then wandered around downtown where we ended up in a guitar shop. The guys in the band started going through pedals and amps, talking it up with the gearheads in the shop, when my friend turned to me and said “you don’t have anything like this, as a [...]
Over 1000 of you are now supporting a mentor/mentee relationship through The Mentoring Project. I wanted you to see a quick video spotlighting yet another of these relationships. Your support means the world to us, but it REALLY means the world to the young men who are being provided positive male role models. This video spotlights Bil (intentionally spelled with one “l”) and Shawn. Thanks so much, Bil. You’re our hero. And Shawn’s hero too. Beneath the video, I’ll [...]
I’ll be honored to read stories from old and new work (my first novel, in process) in Nashville this coming Monday. The event is a benefit for Porters Call, a counseling service in Nashville. It’s a tad spendy ($100) but the night will be unforgettable, I’m sure. So if you’re in Nashville, and want to hear from a writer, a priest and a songwriter, come on out. There are only a few seats left. You can purchase tickets
My friend Anne Jackson, who blogs at flowerdust, sent in another report from Haiti. She’ll send us one more recapping her visit. But this is what she was experiencing just a couple days ago on the ground:
We went into the tent city today wondering what would happen.
Thousands of people last night had flooded Twitter with pleas to media and NGOs to help get food, supplies, and medicine to this community we had found yesterday.
Thank you for so quickly [...]