when your art has a life of its own

A struggling screenwriter finally had an idea for a story. He was excited about it, but there was only one problem: his story came as a book, not a movie. So he called up his agent to tell him the bad news, as they both “knew that first novels take forever and...

she names herself thankful

She takes great delight in the beauty of creation, in the small, miracle gifts that show up in the everyday crazy. For those of us who know her story, it would be understandable if she weren’t able to appreciate the beauty of these small, simple gifts. She was...

one secret to honest art

I have a lot of ideas of what it means to be a serious writer, and silence is a big one. When I write specifically about something in the Bible, I need quiet for that, space to listen and consider truth. But my writing isn’t always that type of writing, and when...

hope

I wake up in the sixes but it feels like the fives, this spring change still taking its toll. I think about Tokyo, entering into their evening. We fly through there in two short months. And a city that didn’t exist for me becomes matter and molecules and weather...