Category: Creative Process

We often attach emotions to seasons and periods of time throughout the year. Consider the month of December. Many can look at this month, printed on a calendar, and feel a faint whisper of delight. Like a gentle breeze, passing briefly through their soul. Christmas, traditions, family, gifts. Decades of wonderful memories coalesce into a compressed moment of joy that…

Creative Process Music

“What if Dan and I recorded a Christmas album? For this year.” My wife, Charity, asked me this on October 21st. We were on a much needed date, blissfully away from the other people that live in our house, talking about our lives and what we want to do with them—our lives, not the other people in our house. Then…

Creative Process Music

“If you were watching a movie of your situation, what would you want the main character to do?” I first posed this question to myself a little over two years ago. We had just moved from a church of about 60 people to one of about 3,000 and 60 people—not an accurate number but close, and it sounded nice in…

Creative Process People

About a month ago my wife went out-of-town for a whole week, which left me to look after our three kids all by myself. I decided to chronicle this lonely trek across the Parenting Desert. You may have followed along with the Minus Charity Week saga. If not you can see all the posts here. I don’t think I’m alone…

Creative Process Writing

Time. Who cares? My dad is smart. Growing up he always told me the secret to making a year longer. The unwritten key to fabricating time itself. He also told me the price. But when you are in high school or pressing on through your early 20s why would you care about more time anyway? You’re flush with the stuff.…

Creative Process

It’s there. Blinking. The thin vertical bar. ON OFF ON OFF It’s intimidating. For a while now I’ve had this Evernote titled ‘First post’. I would open it, read the title, and just watch the cursor flicker; challenging me to write something. What is the first thing you say to the world? Or, maybe more accurate, my immediate family members…

Creative Process