The View from February 2016

Usually that’s what I title my New Year’s Resolution Update post. I look back on what I resolved to do–learn to skateboard, say “classy as balls” 100 times, publish a book–and then I measure how far I’ve come. But this year I didn’t make a resolution and there are even more important things for me to look back on. As an added bonus, this year I have visual aids to demonstrate my progress.

This is what my desk looks like right now:

The arrangement changes frequently because my desk is at the same table we use for meals, work, and homeschool. You can see one of our kittens lounging behind my computer on the geography materials. The Oreos are because today is the first day of my birthday. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.

This is what my desk looked like four years ago to the day:

Joshua brought that rose home for me because I’d just finished writing halo (which became Halo Bound, the first book in the Redneck Apocalypse series), and he was proud of me.

In twenty-eight days, I’m going to publish the fourth and final book in the Redneck Apocalypse series, God Killer. Some people will read it. Most won’t. Some people will love it, some will hate it, some will be totally indifferent.

But four years ago, only one person read every word I wrote. He was even proud of me for writing them. He still is today.

Many of the greats throughout history give off this illusion of having gotten where they are on their own. “Writing is a lonely business” and all that. Maybe they did, but I did not. There is one reason I’ve made it this far, one reason I can sit down at my computer and bleed into a word document, then stand back up and grin like a dog with brain damage. His name is Joshua and I love him.


  1. Halee Bowser

    I'd say, “you have come a long way in a short amount of years,” but really, you were probably always this awesome. I'm glad you decided to share it with others, and I'm proud of you for that! 🙂


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