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The “Should I?” Matrix

Once one’s goals are defined, it’s time to take action. But what if you’re already in the middle of something like a project or a day job? When an actor is faced with a tough choice about accepting a role, there are a couple guiding questions that coaches ask. Due …

Wonders of the World

I love travel. Specifically, travel with a purpose. Whether it be a pilgrimage or adventure the journey fuels my creative soul. One of my life dreams is to explore the Seven Wonders of the World – not just the Ancient list, but the Medieval and New lists as well. Imagine my surprise …

Karmic Amusement

I am often amused at the long-tail game karma takes with some people. For the years I’ve been with Jason, he’s always said the same snide thing every time he sees a Lexus. Imparting as much derision a middle-class man can muster, he’d say, “Lexus get a new car.” I …

Why Do I Only Get Hit By the Uninsured?

Seriously. When I was 16, a deer flew across the main street in front of the Hardee’s of my home town and charged the windshield of my dad’s new car while I was driving.  Out of nowhere this rampaging buck filled my vision. My dad had just bought the car …

Death is…

I have been staring at an empty white page for a couple of hours. My uncle Bob encouraged me to write my first novel. He encouraged me to try that first acting gig. He encouraged me toward academic excellence. He died this afternoon. The actual crisis happened the day before. …

Village in the Trees

It somehow feels wrong to announce that I’m starting my memoir on the day I hear Carrie Fisher died… but also somehow right. Her character, the passionate champion Princess Leia, embodied so many of the qualities I’ve aspired to grow into. Her first few scenes on Endor highlight almost all …

The Memoir’s a Thing

It’s official. I’m writing my memoir. It feels like a daunting task. The first draft alone involves scraping and fact-checking my own memory, writing events down coherently, and then trying to find a sensible order to it all. I think I have my themes solid. And I think I have …

Accidental Maverick

I never set out to be a maverick. In truth, I would have avoided it like crazy if anyone had told me I was approaching maverick status. But in those days I thought conformity was the key element of survival. I’m awfully glad I grew out of that mindset. To …

Mentioned in Our Lives Magazine

In the awesome category, Our Lives Magazine selected me to be their Featured Entertainer for the May 2015 issue: Food & Dining! So not only do you get a host of great articles regarding local date-night favorites, but updates on the local outreach program LGBT Books to Prisoners, articles on …

Cross-Train Your Writing

Are your editor’s fists clenching each time she red-inks the same freaking suggestions on your work? Does your brain have nasty, inexplicable desires to do housework at the same point of every story? Have you locked your shortcomings away in a steel coffer that you’ve buried in a deep, dark, …