Month of the Novel Season 2

I’ve talked before on this blog about the web series Month of the Novel, which I produced and directed in 2011. This year, it’s coming back for a second season!

Month of the Novel Season 2 logo

The writers have done an amazing job with the show, and it’s gone from six episodes to ten. We’ve really raised the bar on almost every aspect of the series. I can’t wait to shoot it in March, then get to work finishing it for the November 1 premier.

For Season 2, we’re running an Indiegogo project to raise funds for production. If you can contribute, that’d be fantastic. I believe that any contribution is worth a thank-you, so even $1 contributors will have their names listed in the credits. And if you aren’t able to contribute to the funding, maybe you could share Month of the Novel with your friends. Whatever you do, I hope you watch and enjoy the series when it hits in November!

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The Order They Come Out

In typical guy fashion, I don’t have any particular algorithm for choosing which shirt I wear each day. It’s generally a matter of which one is on top. Because I don’t pay attention to the order when putting them away, I don’t usually know which shirt will be worn on which day throughout the week. And to top it all off, I get dressed in the pitch dark every morning, so I rarely know exactly what I have on until I get to a room with some light.

Interestingly, this haphazard, serendipitous approach to what I wear has been used to remind me of people or events that I’ve sometimes needed to remember particularly that day. Continue reading

It’s the Thought That Counts… But People Aren’t Mind Readers

When something doesn’t quite come across the way it was meant, we like to pull out that old comforting phrase, “It’s the thought that counts.” And largely, that’s the truth. People will generally accept the thought over the actuality if they know your heart was in the right place.

There’s just one problem. If nobody knows what you were thinking, they can’t count the thought. That’s something I’ve been learning as I’ve recently entered a season of courtship. I’ve had to realize that, now more than ever, someone else needs to know what I’m thinking. Continue reading

A Retraction

As you live and learn, you inevitably realize that sometimes you hold ideas that, once tested by actual experience, don’t work out. I’ve had my share of those moments, and I need to set the record straight about one of my ideas.

Some of you may remember my Valentines Day tirade against the words girlfriend and boyfriend. Well, something happened in my life that made it necessary to rethink my conclusions: I actually began a relationship. Continue reading

Of an Honor Bestowed upon Me and a Book You Should Read

So, yesterday, Aubrey Hansen, a good friend of mine and a fantabulous self-published author, launched her brand new book Peter’s Angel. I was privileged to test read the book at two stages in its development, and I also served as some kind of story consultant for pieces of the story.

Well, Aubrey quite surprised me when she sent me a free e-book copy as a thank-you for pre-reading. For when I got to the dedication page and saw the two people to whom she had dedicated the book, I found these words: Continue reading

On the Shape of Paths

When looking at a potentially difficult or complicated life situation, we often talk about having a long and winding path to walk.

I humbly suggest that for the Christian, this simply isn’t the case.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

It may be long, but it’s straight if we will trust Him.

Confirmation and Conviction

It seems to me that the church today largely ignores the aspect of having one’s beliefs or actions confirmed by teaching. How often have you listened to a sermon or Bible lesson and heard the speaker say something like, “This passage is so convicting to me, because I realize that I don’t do this well enough. Let’s all pray that God will help us to do this better.”

But you’re sitting there reading the passage and thinking, “I don’t know… That’s not really somewhere I have problems. In fact, this is one area of my life where I’m pretty sure I’m walking rightly!”

Am I the only one who does that? Continue reading