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A Nod To Derry’s Son

Derry, New Hampshire was the longtime home of Robert Frost. This poem is in dedication to my favorite poetry book: North of Boston, and his poem October.

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Why-oh-why is it your problem I’m bi. 2 Minute Read

Peace matters more than being right. In life, there are some seasons when we have to love some people from a distance, but remember we still have to love.

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On Writing: Stopping and Noticing

Trust me..., stopping and noticing the details around you is life's most generative experience, not only will your writing improve, but so will your mental health.

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Visiting Virginia & Graduating from Liberty University

My fellow graduates came from every state and country, from every economic and political theory you can imagine, and every religion rostered. At Liberty University, All Are Created Equally.

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On Gratitude and Growth

"As nobody, from either of our families, ever asked me about school or how my writing was coming-along, my wife affirmed and filled that emptiness every opportunity she could; she would wake up and help with the kids if I was still writing or studying from the night before...."

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I’m a college grad—finally

I'm a stay-at-home father of two-toddlers, and until March 18, 2022, I was a full-time student at Liberty University—LUO. Juggling these two responsibilities turned out to be a defining moment in my life. I think it's worth recapping, don't you? If not, too bad. You're here anyway, so keep reading. 😂 Why did I go... Continue Reading →

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I’m Published in The Closed Eye Open

Hi, friends and readers, subscribers and first-time-site clickers. I have big, beautiful news to share with you. I published in The Closed Eye Open, which is an impressive literary journal boasting beautiful art and great writing. If you're looking for something new, creatively speaking, to delight and inspire you, I recommend reading The Closed Eye... Continue Reading →

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Sell-outs & Cowards. How Consumerist Christianity Ruined Its Rich, Artistic Heritage

Capitalism is the enemy of art, because it forces labels on artists to succeed.

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Writing

I'm starting 2022 intending to grow. Help me grow as an artist and influencer and follow.

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Escape Second Death

"Worms tunnel the clay and mud and brains and veins of Man’s forgotten pains."

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Forlorn Light: Virginia Woolf Found Poems, by Nazifa Islam

Several poems left me exposed and shivering, as if I were in front of a mirror which revealed what's inside the reader. The images I discovered moved me to tears. And, the more I studied, the more I understood myself.

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The Positives and Plights of Being a Ravenclaw

"Ravenclaws devote their lives to knowledge, they often know, especially the writers like me, too much crap."

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The Day god Died: Chapters I & II

"...I hated him and his kind. I hated his affluence, his expensive clothes, his chiseled looks, and the arrogance he was born too. But most of all, I hated the power he held over me, his assumption of authority, and the truth of his superiority."

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One Thankful Adventure

Tell your friends about this live writing experience.

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To Live Is To Never Aim For Gentle Death

The purpose of life is not to arrive safely into old-age, but to live presently.

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Special Announcement: Watch Me Live Tomorrow

Join Me At 10:00 am on Instagram Live

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The Weekend

Today, in America, and around the world, Christians marginalize those who don't fit their pharisee-lifestyle. All Are Welcome unless you are LGBTQ+ or a progressive; all are welcome as they are, as long as they change.

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Portrayals of Commodus, From the Senate Floor to Hollywood

"Commodus is often portrayed as an inept, spoilt, cowardly, and mentally ill man. None of these are true."

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A Life Lived for Art Is Never A Life Wasted

To write well, you have to write what-you-know, and your knowledge about what motivates, scares, angers, and affirms the individual person are the brushes you will use to paint page after page.

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My Writing: A Historical Fiction Sample

“You won’t need the Gods or anyone else once we’re done. You will have servants to wait on your wives, horses for your sons, and hunger only a bad dream.”

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Big Moments Count

"it felt like those moments in life where we sense magic; those days where every bone in your body feels good, and there is laughter and love overflowing, and you know how great that feels. I feel that."

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Worlds Apart, by W. Alexander

A Short Story "...I don’t consider your happiness when I call. You are needed, and you are able, therefore you must go.”

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A Rambling Treatise on The Craft

Nothing arouses me more than when a reader, as if hoodwinked by a magician, thinks I have talent.

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Paradise and Achievement: A Week in Acadia

I climbed summits and traversed ocean waters.

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N.L. Blandford: On Writing

"People can shy away from topics because they are hard, and it can be easier to call them dark, rather than truth, or an aspect thereof. I believe that it is in the dark that we can really start to understand the true nature of our world and its people." —N.L. Blandford

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I am Published!

I am excited to finally be able to answer the dreaded question, "Are you actually published?" with a, "Yes!"

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Masters of The Craft: Stephen Crane, The Herald of Naturalism

All great writers master the craft, but Crane—like Whitman, like Dickinson, like Hemingway, like Hugo, like Pope, like Voltaire, like Homer, like Kafka, like Woolf—had a touch of the divine; that unteachable it factor, and it is among the company of these writers where he lives forever in the pantheon of literary immortality.

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Miniver Cheevy, by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Miniver Cheevy, born too late, Scratched his head and kept on thinking; Miniver coughed, and called it fate, And kept on drinking.

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Crosses & Scribbles: Writing As Christian

"If I was to write a Christian novel, I would have to write, like all writers do, a human canvas navigating and experiencing life as it is lived; I would have to write the truth"

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Book Review: The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James

"Throughout these pages, the reader finds the brushwork of the master, and like all great artists, James can not only paint a story by the prowess of his craft, but, simultaneously, he hangs a mirror of enigmas and human complexity. Every reader can relate to the figurative handcuff’s persons’ finds themselves confined to." —W. Alexander

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The Miraculous Rise of Phillis Wheatley

Wheatley achieved the miraculous, the impossible, the unthought of: she a black-African-born-woman did not peel at the edges of prejudice, she slashed it, and all were forced to recognize her gift and confront their misplaced assumptions on the place of women and slavery.  

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A New Novella

"So, dearest followers, buckle up and enjoy the ride; I will be showing you an inside look of the writing process; you get to join me on an ambitious but fulfilling project."

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My wife featured in SKATING Magazine

Most of you don't know that I married a celebrity (Olympian and professional ice-dancer) and that we, now, abode in picturesque New Hampshire. Recently, she interviewed for SKATING Magazine. I will brag on my wife every chance I get.

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Book Review: On Writing, by Stephen King

"What I took from this book? Stephen King is not superman, and neither does the aspiring writer need to be. King makes it clear, writers are made in the trenches, and those who put their nose to the grindstone, and never let anything stop their writing, succeed."

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The Choice to Write: A Reflection, Part 1

I don’t do it for approval, I do it because it is the most natural thing in the world to me.

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Book Review: The Midnight Library

Few books can change you, teach you, and inspire you at the same time, but Haig's The Midnight Library is one of those books.

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Spring Break, shew!

There is something motivating in knowing that my children will learn to read on a book I made just for them.

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I Write The Words I Cannot Pray: A Poem

I write the words I cannot pray, too false for Heaven, too honest for Hell, telling the truth by lying well.

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Book Review: The Light Between Oceans

This story had me drinking to through it, as it twisted and ripped at my heart, for I could not put it down.

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Book Review: The Song of Achilles

I loved the story; I am a huge history nerd, and I love her ability to retell classic literature through the modern medium of prose.

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The Four Elements of Storytelling

How well a writer weaves all four together, is the difference between a great and terrible book.

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