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Turning the Page

People often ask me where the name “Redemption Pictures” came from. It started when I was in college, making short films and dreaming big dreams about big screens and Hollywood. “Redemption Pictures” was the name I gave to those little…

150 Actual Search Terms For My Blog (as Poetry)

Over the past few years this blog has granted me a unique glimpse into our collective humanity. Not only in the words we share and the comments we leave, but in the questions we ask when we are alone with…

What Are You Plugged Into Today?

Today I’m happy to share a guest post from Elora Nicole – a passionate author, artist, and story coach. Make sure you check out The Storytellers, where Elora curates a community for writers and creatives.  _____ There are days spent wallowing in the dried…

When Writing is an Act of Hope

I bought a new journal last month. It’s a terribly ugly little thing – a ghastly shade of green with a thin, tight spine. When you look for a new journal during the first week of back-to-school, the options are few. But…

Weekend Links (Vol. 5)

It’s Saturday, so I’ve got another round of good things to read. I have collected these just for you during my many wanderings on the internets. I hope you like them. In Which It All Locks Into Place by Sarah…

Clumsy Bloggers' Workshop

You’re staring at your computer screen right now, wondering what to do next. A thousand words are raging in your chest, and a thousand ideas inside your head. You’re about to go microwave your coffee for the second time. I…

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Viral Blog Post

Last year I wrote a blog post that went viral. It was a thrilling, scary, exhausting, fun experience. A few paragraphs that had started as a Facebook comment quickly flew around the world. My blog post was reprinted in the…

Weekend Links (Vol. 2)

Though it’s Monday afternoon, I still am not ready to admit that the weekend is over. So, with that denial firmly in place, here are a few good things I read on the internet in the past week or so:…

I Don't Have My Shit Together

I don’t want to be a Christian writer, if it means writing from the heart and then hitting backspace until it feels safe again. I don’t want to be a Christian writer, if it means pretending that faith is something…

With Enough Words

There’s a part of me that believes any problem can be solved with enough words. Sometimes folks tell me that I need to just listen and not try to fix everything. But I’m young, and I suffer the afflictions of youth…