**Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read In The Name of Ammalee, you can read here** When writing In the Name of Ammalee, I knew I had to deal with different languages—sort of. It follows characters that speak the “same” language, but separated by thousands of years—which means they don’t really speak the same language at … More The Language of “Ammalee”
I’m excited to announce that my story “In the Name of Ammalee” has been published on The Worlds Within. In fact, I will publishing a number of short stories on this site as the new Science Fiction Editor for The Worlds Within! Here’s the synopsis: On the verge of giving up on his faith in … More New Story Published on The Worlds Within
I’m excited to announce that my short story “the House” won the May Short Story Contest at the School of Kingdom Writers! You can read it here. Here’s what they had to say about it: Joe took the theme literally with his sci-fi story, reminiscent at times of Fahrenheit 451. In 3,500 words, Joe created a new … More Winner of Short Story Contest
Guess what happened today? It’s the moment I’ve been working towards for a couple years now. I’m excited to announce that my short story “The Priest and the Robot” has been included for publication in the Ohio Writer’s Association’s newest anthology, “Outcasts.” This will be my first publication, so it warrants some kind of party, … More I’m getting published!
In the Name of Ammalee I’ve just finished the first draft of a new short story. If you’re interested in offering feedback, or getting access to an early version of it, let me know. Word count: 8000 words Synopsis: On the verge of giving up on his faith in the god Ammalee, a young man … More New Short Story! “In the Name of Ammalee”
Last week was a no good, terrible very bad week. And it started over a month ago. We moved out of the Airbnb we’d been living in while our house was gutted and put back together, and planned to travel 2 and half hours to my parents for the weekend. Any transition like this … More A no good, terrible very bad week.
In 2017, Allyssa and I bought an old house in Franklinton. Over the last couple years, we’ve been trying to fix it up—and after a few small investments and the help of a lot of great people, we’ve made a lot of progress. Now, we’re looking to refinance and pay someone to finish the work. … More Home Improvement
I’m seeing more and more people talk about mental health. With friends struggling with anxiety and depression, a couple colleagues committing suicide, and marriages falling apart around me… we need to talk about mental health. And I’m seeing people talk about it online and in articles… but I feel most of these shorter posts end … More Let’s Talk About Mental Health
Recently I was going through some old journals as Allyssa and I de-clutter our house. I found something I wrote, that eventually ended up in a sermon. It got me thinking quite a bit, and so I wanted to share it with you all. It was a reflection on Acts 14:11-12 When the crowd saw … More Old Journal Musings
The day I became a pastor I was not prepared for the unspoken expectations of parishioners. I was a youth pastor at a church for five years before becoming their senior pastor for another three. Even though I knew the congregation, I figured it wise to talk to as many people as possible to get … More Pastoral Care in a Church Plant