The Dream Stone

(The Stone Throw Theory)

The greatest lessons in life sometimes come from the most unexpected places.

One late afternoon, on a warm spring day in my nineteenth year, I sat with a friend of mine on a cliff in Palos Verdes, gazing out at the Pacific blue. Waiting for the sun to set, we sat in silence, feeling our separate worlds merge.

The Long Dark Hallway of the Soul

The silence was devastating. I wanted to say something that would help my friend, wanted to ease her pain, wanted to go back in time and stop it from happening. I wanted to hug her, tell her that everything was going to be alright, but I was 600 miles away and… it was never going to be alright.

➸ How to be The Hero of Your Own Story – Part One (1 of 3)

Want to know the best advice I’ve ever received as a writer AND as a human being?

Here it is:

Be the hero of your own story.

This advice set me on a new life path and everything changed!

For me, being the hero of my own story means living my life by all the same principles and doctrines I hold my protagonists to…

➸ How to be the Hero of Your Own Story – Part Two (2 of 3)

Your life is your story. Your choices are your path. Don’t let someone else choose for you.

As a writer and a student of human nature, I have the on-going pleasure of studying the many different aspects of life, our world, and its varied characters. One of the most fascinating of these is our culture’s archetypes, and heroes are arguably among of the most enduring and endearing of the archetypal class. Heroes in their myriad forms have been requisite to story, myth, and legend throughout the history of humankind. What follows is Part Two of my hero traits list… a collection of high caliber qualities and attributes I believe we can all aspire to…

➸ How to be the Hero of Your Own Story – Part 3 (3 of 3)

You’d be surprised how much these guys can teach you, not only because they are your textbook hero types, but because of the standards they hold themselves to in everyday life and the myriad situations that put those ideals to the test. Some of the BEST heroes to learn from are exploring the galaxy!