A Crime You Can’t Forgive

I can’t believe I wrote this poem in 2015!

It’s from an as-yet unreleased novella that runs parallel to What Happens in London.

The novella—titled Behind the Spotlight—is about Cameron and Luke, a couple that broke up when Luke became famous.

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Online

I’ve seen a lot of posts going around social media lately about how Muslims are to blame for this and that.

There’s not actual evidence for a lot of this, though—it’s often right-wing groups or media outlets trying to get attention/sell papers.

It makes me really sad that innocent people get the blame for things that have nothing to do with them.

It makes me even more sad when popular newspapers conduct ‘surveys’ and twist the results.

Before you share something on social media, PLEASE do some research.

Not just of the news outlets that you like, but the ones you may not, too.

You’ll only be able to get an informed, balanced review from reading beyond your comfort zone and getting all of the information before making a judgment.

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Dreaming – Fayth’s Poem from What Happens in New York

This poem from What Happens in New York came out of nowhere. I was in the mood to write a poem, and thinking about Fayth.

And I ended up combining the two.

I’m hoping to include more poetry in future stories from the series, and also eventually release a book of poems tied to it.

A lot of the characters are poets/songwriters, so it’s not a far stretch. It also allows me to include my love of poetry with my fiction.

The poem happens on Day 8 of their holiday, but it doesn’t contain any spoilers about what happens in their holiday.

Dreaming focuses on what happens before the novel—there’s no details here you can’t find in the blurb.

Nevertheless, if you want to avoid reading it before you read the book, don’t read ahead. If you want a little something to whet your appetite, keep reading…

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Why I’m Focusing on Reading Quality, Not Quantity, in 2018

Aiming to read a certain number of books in a year helps to keep you focused.

Sharing that number online adds a further level of accountability.

It’s thanks to tracking my reading on Goodreads that I read more books in 2017 than in any other year of my life.

I’m super proud of this achievement, but, as I got further into my goal for the year, cracks started to appear.

There were some books that needed to be read more slowly so that I could fully understand and process their wisdom.

Other books—particularly fiction—didn’t require this quite so much. I read more nonfiction last year, though, and I intend to continue this trend in 2018.

That’s why, in 2018, my new goal is to focus on reading quality, not quantity.

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From Productive to Painful: Reflections on 2017

I’ve been trying to write a post about everything that happened in 2017 all month.

Truth is, I don’t really know where to start.

It’s been a tumultuous year. Not just politically, but for me personally, too. (I’m not going down the rabbit hole of this year’s politics. That’s a whole book right there.)

If I’d known just how things were going to pan out in the latter half of the year, I never would’ve scheduled Productivity for Writers to be published in September.