What “Sherlock” Taught Me

I’m going to go on the record here and say that the BBC’s “Sherlock” is FAR superior to the CBS Sherlock show “Elementary“. The quality is better in every single way, the writing is smarter, the stories are bolder, and the shocks and twists are more breathtaking. But, besides all of that brilliance, it’s the…More

Why impatience hurts you now

One of my old college professors (whose name I can’t remember for the life of me) said that “Impatience is a product of selfishness.” At first I didn’t really think anything of it, but later when I found myself becoming impatient and frustrated with something, it suddenly made sense. Every time I feel myself becoming…More

Contentment is commitment.

I heard a story recently that involved one of my favorite literary heroes, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decided to go on a camping trip to the country. After a good meal and a quite a few bottles of wine, they settled down for the night and went to sleep. Later in the…More

Pilate and the Carpenter

“My lord Pilate.” I sat with my elbows planted upon my knees, my index fingers slowly circling and pressing into the sides of my temple. “Head pains,” I thought, eyes closed tight, like a reed basket with a stone resting on top. “My lord Pilate, we have a situation. Marcus says the Sanhedrin is here…More

Embrace the Cut

“Learn to embrace cutting.” Donald Miller once said. I was at a small bloggers breakfast in Nashville before the Storyline conference, and Miller, along with blogger Allison Vesterfelt and her husband, were discussing and answering questions about the craft of writing and blogging. Miller went on to explain his love of cutting. “Your work cannot be precious…More