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7 Quick Takes Friday – off at Edel edition!

I can’t believe that after all these months, the Edel Gathering is finally here! I’ll be updating on Instagram and Twitter, and you can follow the fun by checking out the #edel14 hashtag. 7 Quick Takes will be hosted by Carolyn Svellinger, so head on over there to read everyone’s posts! Carolyn is a super-talented artist and photographer in addition to being a funny and insightful writer. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with her, you’ll love checking out her blog. Have a great weekend, everyone!  Read More →

7 Quick Takes – Happy 4th of July!

I’ll be out doing 4th of July stuff — none of them involving fireworks — so I don’t have a post for this week, but I look forward to reading yours! Happy 4th of July! ———- //  Read More →

The Antagonist

Our family in 2004 -- the time period during which I met the antagonist in SOTG.

I’m in NYC doing book tour stuff this week! You can follow along with my adventures on Twitter and Instagram. While I’m out running around, I wanted to re-run an updated version of a post I originally wrote back in March 2012, when I had finished the final big re-write of the book. It’s about Chapter 16 in Something Other than God — the chapter where I encounter my antagonist. . . . When I sat down to write this final draft of my book, I thought I knew a lot about story. My bookshelves jammed with tomes about the craft... Read More

New York and Connecticut: Here’s what we’re doing!

The final schedule is just in, and here it is! I’ll be running around doing some meetings and media stuff, but here are the events where we can hang out. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you! MONDAY, JUNE 2 – STAMFORD, CT 3:00 PM: BOOK SIGNING AT BARNES AND NOBLE Barnes & Noble - Stamford Town Center 100 Greyrock Place Stamford, CT 06901 All are welcome, and feel free to bring the little ones: there will be a face-painter for kids in the kids’ section! 6:30 PM: TALK AT ST. JOHN’S BASILICA The Basilica... Read More

NYC, let’s do this!

I just got word that Ignatius is sending me to the Big Apple for a book tour stop! I’ll be in New York City the week of June 2nd, including visiting some of the surrounding areas like Connecticut. We have a few events nailed down, which I’ll post about soon, but there’s room in the schedule for more. Any suggestions? If you would like to help arrange a book signing or a speaking engagement, please email Kelly from Carmel Communications at kkracht@carmelcommunications.com — you can CC me at conversiondiary@gmail.com too,... Read More

Contest winners!…will be announced next week

Standing at the back of the room with an overtired baby at an end-of-year ceremony. But on the plus side, I got to hang out with our pastor, Fr. Dean!

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to pop in to say that the Something Other than God release party has now wrapped up, and I will post winners on Monday, May 26th. I was hoping to be able to select the winners sooner, but it’s going to take a while to taste all the drinks, meditate on the epicness of each selfie, and ponder the weirdness of each photo location. Also, I need time to work on my forthcoming manifesto titled, A Mother on the Brink of Collapse Begs American Society to Stop Hosting Lavish End-of-Year Children’s Activity Celebrations Requiring... Read More

Holy Week

I know I said I’d put up the form for us to talk about fabulous things to do in NYC and DC this week, but I’m going to hold off until next week. Things are about to get crazy — in a good and very fun way — and it feels right to spend most of this week offline, just praying and resting. I won’t be hosting 7 Quick Takes this week in honor of Good Friday, but I look forward to seeing you all again next week. I leave you with the perfect Holy Week song, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite pieces of music. It’s... Read More

Should I a) come hang out in your city, or b) stay secluded in the shadowy recesses of my home where I belong? (A survey!)

He's thinking, "I hope she doesn't put this on her blog."

My literary agent was in town this weekend, so I had the rare treat of getting to talk to him in a format other than emails dashed off at 11 PM after all the kids finally stop screaming. He’s thinking, “I hope she doesn’t put this on her blog.” Over a Tex-Mex brunch he quizzed me about my plans to let people know that my book exists. I pointed to the yeoman work I’ve done complaining about the audiobook recording and trying to get people sitting next to me on airplanes to ask me what I’m reading, yet I got the... Read More

Does it count as a post to tell you that Joe has a blog?

It better, because that’s all I got right now. I went to pack for my trip and realized that I have no clothes that are suitable for survival in the frozen tundra, so I’m thinking that maybe I’ll just wear five layers and walk around the Lighthouse office like the Michelin Man. Anyway. All that is to say: Joe has a blog, so you can read that in lieu of a post from me today. It’s a collection of links to things he finds funny and interesting, and has lots of good stuff. Enjoy! . I’m writing seven posts in seven days this... Read More

7 posts, 7 days

Starting Monday, it’s on! A new post every day from Monday, February 24 to Sunday, March 2. And if you have a blog, you should join me. Here’s why: Your readers want to hear from you. Don’t you love it when you see new posts from your favorite bloggers? Personally, I would rather them throw together short, imperfect posts than not update at all, and I bet your readers feel the same way. It’ll help you overcome perfectionism. How often has this happened to you?: You have a good idea for a post. You’re just about to... Read More

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