One year later: the most hilarious and awesome pictures from the SOTG release


One year ago today, my book Something Other than God was released. It took me five years, three complete re-writes, and lots of phone calls where I got off the phone with my literary agent and cried before I got it right. (You will not find a bunch of whining from me on this subject if you click here.) (Okay, you will.) Then, after I finally got it written, I experienced a difficult year filled with all sorts of challenges, some of them life-threatening. By the time the book was finally released I was exhausted by the entire process, yet ready... Read More

Look at these wonderful pictures! (Also: We have contest winners!)


I’ve spent the past week going through the entries to the Something Other than God release party contest, and, along with my esteemed contest review board (read: Joe, Hallie, and the occasional neighbor who wandered by when we were looking at entries while the kids played outside), we have chosen winners! Thank you all so much for joining me in this party. I waited for the release of this book for five long years, and you all made it even more amazing than I could have imagined. Below is the list of winners. Also, scroll down past the winners’... Read More

What do you get when you mix wine, tequila, and bacon? A drink inspired by my life story.

I had already planned to do a post today reminding everyone of the fabulous #SOTG contests — because who can deal with looking up old posts to find all the terms? — and Kelly Mantoan just made my job a whole lot easier by giving me something new and fabulous to post with it. We all think of Kelly’s blog, This Ain’t the Lyceum, as our go-to spot for amazing posts that alternate between being poignant, instructive, and choking-on-your-coffee hilarious, but she has outdone herself this time. She just put up a post that not... Read More

Driving a monster truck to EWTN: the tale of the first 24 hours of my media tour (with a special guest illustrator!)

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Gather round, internet, for I have a tale to share with you. This is the kind of story that would be better heard by a roaring fire, each of us holding goblets of mead, a man in a horned hat rattling clam shells in the background. And like all great epics, it requires illustrations befitting the scope of the hero’s journey. Just as it would have been anticlimactic if the pages of Beowulf were interspersed with iPhone selfies from Heorot Hall, this story cannot be sullied with real photographs. It requires the pen of a great illustrator to... Read More

A few gems from the inbox


I know that you all cleared off your calendars and have been doing nothing but hitting refresh on my blog since I announced that we’d have pictures from Heather this week, so I wanted to assure you that they are coming. She texted me a few tonight, and they are everything I dreamed they could be. (Let’s pretend that my iPhone clock is wrong and I’m not really so irresponsible as to be giggling over texts at 12:55 AM on a school night.) You probably need something awesome to hold you over until Heather finishes with her masterpieces,... Read More

The books are finally starting to arrive! I’m extending the giveaway deadline!


After widespread shipping delays, people are finally getting their copies of Something Other than God! There really aren’t words to describe how it feels to see pictures of the book, being held by real people, all across the globe. Since a few folks are still waiting for their copies to come in, I’m extending the deadline for the giveaway. All contests will now end at 11:59 PM CDT on Friday, May 16. The list of contests with updated dates is below. Meanwhile, we’re starting to hear feedback that Something Other than God is reaching... Read More

I cry every time I watch this video about the book. It is just that awesome.

Two weeks ago I set out to create a video in which writer friends took turns reading excerpts from Something Other than God. I wanted to create a video that would give viewers a feel for the content of the book, while also involving people you might know who have been there for me along the way. I finally got it finished late yesterday afternoon, as the first day of the book’s release drew to a close, and I was thrilled to see how it all came together. When I watched the final cut, I cried. Granted, part of that was probably extreme sleep... Read More

What I’m trying to say is: MY BOOK COMES OUT ON TUESDAY!!!!

Something Other than God

Presenting the book to my 99-year-old grandfather, to whom it is dedicated. I wrote the first chapter of the first draft of Something Other than God in the summer of 2008, so you can imagine how surreal it is to me to be able to tell you that the book will be released this coming Tuesday, April 29th. It’s not just a Word document that ruins my life after all! It’s a real book! With pages and a dustjacket and stuff! I’ve also been not-so-patiently waiting to reveal the full list of endorsements the book has received: “This... Read More

5 big ideas that changed my life

Combat peer orientation by raising shut-ins!

Every now and then I like to take a step back and examine my worldview. I ask: What core beliefs define my outlook? What are the characteristics of the lens through which I see the world? I was pondering the subject while putting away laundry yesterday, and I came up with a list of key ideas that fundamentally shape the way I evaluate life. (Yes, this is really what I think about while I’m putting away laundry. It’s sad.) I thought it would be fun to post a list of these concepts, then have you tell me which ideas have been most transformative... Read More

The Family-First Creative: A little thank-you gift from me, to you

The Family-First Creative

Guys! You are NEVER going to believe what I did. Actually, you’re totally going to believe it. Easily. Okay, it might be the least surprising thing you have heard in weeks. But I’m still delighted to tell you: I wrote an ebook for you! It’s going to be my gift to anyone who pre-orders my memoir. It’s called The Family-First Creative: 42 Tips for Following Your Dreams While Putting Your Family First, and I am ridiculously excited for you to check it out. CLICK HERE FOR A 10-PAGE PREVIEW I knew I wanted to offer a free ebook... Read More

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