• Divorce,  life

    The Shattered Pieces

    When things fall apart, the broken pieces allow all sorts of things to enter, and one of them is the presence of God. – Shauna Niequist Denial. It’s a poison that many of us like to carry around with us, and it is something that can kill our dreams, those around us, even ourselves if we’re not careful. Unfortunately, denial is the poison I sipped upon for months after my divorce. I thought I was okay. I thought it wasn’t affecting me very much. And that’s the beauty of denial – it’s able to seep down into the deepest roots of our being, blind us to the truth, and destroy…

  • life

    Life’s ‘Little’ Distractions

    I know I’ve been away from this blog for a bit now. I’m sorry about that. I meant to continue my Flash Fiction Fridays. I meant to raise discussion about my time in San Francisco and where I believe God is leading me. I meant to continue my writing projects – such as Red Crane. But as is the norm, life got in the way. More specifically, The Crossover Alliance got in my way. It was only a year ago that I registered an LLC, purchased a business license, and opened the doors of this online publishing company specializing in a ‘different kind’ of Christian fiction. A year later, the…

  • Christian Fiction

    Pushing The Boundaries Of Christian Fiction

    I posted this article on The Crossover Alliance website last week, and I think it bears repeating as this is a serious issue in regards to how Christian fiction has been written and the (sometimes) unspoken rules that govern its place in the market. To be honest, this is exactly why The Crossover Alliance publishing company exists – to publish Christian content that falls outside the lines that the Christian publishing houses have established over the years. When you’re a child, you break the rules to test the boundaries of what is or isn’t allowed. You push those boundaries little by little, sometimes with an exploratory attitude, to see where…

  • Goals

    2016 Goals

    2015 wasn’t my favorite year. I won’t even try to pretend it was. I moved from a state (California) I absolutely adore to a state (Arizona) I can’t believe I’m back in. My grandfather passed. And a percentage of my family cut me out of relationship with them because of misunderstandings surrounding my grandfather’s death. It’s been a year.

  • Giveaway,  Grand Opening

    The Crossover Alliance – Grand Opening

    I am so incredibly excited to announce the launch of The Crossover Alliance, a unique online publishing company specializing in edgy Christian speculative fiction. Authors who enjoy writing Christ-themed speculative fiction containing real-world content now have a home for their manuscripts. With our Grand Opening finally here, there’s a lot of exciting news we would like to share with all of you! Now Accepting Novel/Novella Submissions: We are now accepting novel/novellas submissions – the guidelines of which can be found on our website. Along with the submission guidelines, you can also find a brief list of some of the things we are able to offer authors here in our first…

  • Publishing,  The Crossover Alliance

    Beyond Me

    It’s been a struggle. Life. My life. I can’t say that I’ve had it the worst. No, I’m blessed beyond reason. I just mean that God’s been teaching me and guiding me through a lot of stuff lately. Confusing stuff. Hard stuff. Very emotional stuff. I still don’t understand it all, but in the end, my understanding of it isn’t completely necessary for me to get to the other side. I just need to trust God, God’s Word, and God’s way. One of the things I have been working on for months now (and essentially for many years) is turning The Crossover Alliance – a once-small online community for readers/writers…

  • Kickstarter,  Publishing,  The Crossover Alliance

    My Upcoming Kickstarter Campaign

    I’ve been hidden in the shadows as of late because I’ve been working on a lot of projects, the main one being the Kickstarter campaign I will be launching next week on the 7th. My campaign will seek to raise money to cover expenses for the first year’s catalog for the new publishing company I am in the process of launching – The Crossover Alliance. Some of you know that The Crossover Alliance originated as an online community I built to bring together readers and writers of edgy Christian speculative fiction. It quickly transformed into a standalone website, and now it’s moving on to become an online publishing company. I…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Christians and Writing and Stirring the Pot

    Is it okay for Christians to stir the pot with their fictional writing, to raise questions we know will receive negative reactions or challenge millenia-old beliefs? Are we allowed to put words to paper that may end up tearing down the strongholds of ‘religious’ thinking? Are we heretics if we write anything other than G-rated Christian fiction? These are questions I find myself pondering as I continue to move forward in my plans to start a publishing company based around edgy Christian speculative fiction. I can already sense the naysayers peeking around the corners, sniffing for blood. “Christian fiction can’t have edgy content,” they grumble. “Cursing and violence are absolutely…

  • Parenting,  Writing

    A Day In The Life…

    There was a time when my life was simpler, yet less rewarding. Before my son came into this world, I had full days to work on writing and writing-related projects. I was able to control my schedule better, I was able to implement more time with my wife and more time for me. Alas, things change. But that’s not a bad thing. The time I spend with my son is an infinitely more rewarding tradeoff. However, my days are a bit hectic. Some days I feel like I’m juggling chainsaws, bowling balls, and feral cats. Some days, it seems as if they all come crashing down on me. It used…

  • Logo Design

    New Crossover Alliance Logo

    Over the past few weeks I have been working hard at pulling together the pieces needed to turn a small online community I started a few years ago – The Crossover Alliance – into an actual publishing company. This task is a lot of work, but it’s also very rewarding to know we’ll be able to provide a home for authors of such a unique genre as edgy Christian speculative fiction. One of the many things I’ve been working on is the Crossover logo. I’ve been somewhat satisfied with it over the last couple of years, but I figured it was time to clean it up and add a bit…