The Jonah Within

There are few Bible personalities I really connect with. You know: Ruth was so good, and Esther was fearless and beautiful, and Mary was amazing. Paul is hard for me to get my head around, and the disciples, well, they were interesting and funny, but relatable? Well, maybe not so much. But start talking about Jonah, and … Continue reading The Jonah Within

A Thank You (and a Top Three!)

Merry Christmas, readers! Okay, I can't believe 2015 is so advanced that I'm even saying those words, but what a year it's been. I know sometime between Christmas and New Years, I along with everyone else will look over my shoulder at this wild, crazy, wonderful year. I think I'll shake my head---in both amazement … Continue reading A Thank You (and a Top Three!)

When God’s Dreams are Yours

It was the sort of question I hated. I took a sip of my latte as I formulated an answer. What would I like to be doing two years from now? Hmm. The person across the table asking the question meant well. Perhaps the opportunity she wanted to lay out would be something I'd like … Continue reading When God’s Dreams are Yours

The Weird I Love

Last month was weird. Wild weird. Good weird. The weird I love. Why? It was writers conference time. Ah, the time word scribblers from across the country converge to spend three tumultuous days swarming around a crazy-carpeted venue, wearing our most professional clothes and most uncomfortable shoes. When we stain our hands scribbling notes in classes, … Continue reading The Weird I Love

What No One Else Can Hear

Why do we associate silence with loneliness? Perhaps we mistake the blessing of solitude for the curse of loneliness. Crazy as it may sound, I've learned that both solitude and loneliness can be good. In the silence of being alone, the emptiness echoes a truth we don't hear when we have people to turn to and the static … Continue reading What No One Else Can Hear

Along the Back Roads

The woman looking at my paperwork glanced up and verified my hometown. "How'd you get here to South Dakota?" she said, almost in passing. Picturing the miles between where I started and where I ended up, I smiled and said simply, "Via some back roads." Isn't that the case more often than not? How often do we … Continue reading Along the Back Roads

The Power of the Impossible

What a crazy few months it's been! Thought with this month's post I'd give a bit of an update. I recently got back home from my working traveling adventure. Three months, fourteen states, and 12,000 miles later, I'm energized and ready to dive into another writing project. My next manuscript, In Lieu of a Plot, will … Continue reading The Power of the Impossible

Clash of the Accents: “Here” vs “Hair”

Time for a humorous story! Things have gotten a little heavy around The Empty Inkwell lately, so I thought I dig deep into my abounding arsenal of awkward experiences and serve up some self-deprecation for everyone's amusement. Enjoy a cringe on me. 😉 When I lived Down Under, accents got me in trouble more than once. One … Continue reading Clash of the Accents: “Here” vs “Hair”