If you've ever studied writing or stories, one of the big techniques you'll be familiar with is what is called the character arc. This is the change that a character undergoes in the story. For example, most people are familiar with Charles Dickens's famous character Ebenezer Scrooge. The guy was completely stingy and cold-hearted in the beginning of the story, but then becomes generous and loving at the end. That's his arc, and it was a dramatic one. I like arcs,...

I spent over a year living in Tennessee, and during that time I really fell in love with country music. I know the songs sound the same on the radio no matter where you are, but somehow, living outside of Nashville, that kind of music had some extra power. I dare anyone to live in that part of the country for any period of time and not come away a fan of that kind of music. Anyway, there's a funny...

I realize that the viewership of this blog is only two people at this point in time (me and my web designer) but I can't resist the urge to write something here and celebrate the birth of this website! It's been a long time coming. Had someone asked me what I wanted to do with my life when I was fifteen, I'd have answered "to be a writer" without any hesitation. But had that question been asked one year later...