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Projects

A running log of things I’m working on.

Cuts: Or, Things That Get Left Out

One of the hardest parts of journalism for me, because I get obsessed with whatever/whoever I’m learning about, is deciding what not to write — and inevitably, every story goes to print with some excellent stuff left out. I wrestle with this every story. This is one of the most important parts of writing, and to my immense...
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The Remaking of Coss Marte

My new story is out now at SB Nation. Read it here. Been a long time since I’ve written any longform journalism, mostly because I spent most of last year focused on Behind the Drive, and my novel. (Behind the Drive is out now, too, by the way. You can read some excerpts at behindthedrive.com if...
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Working and Pyrrhic Victories

TLDR — I'm doing lots of cool stuff for work but it's taking up so much time but that's okay in my mind because I'm trying to do stuff that's not pyrrhic, which is probably a misuse of the word but whatever, and also I'm maybe just a little bit crazy but I kinda like...
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Watch me on the radio!

Went on The John Boy & Billy show with Kenney this morning to talk about the book. Someone shot vide of it and posted it to YouTube, so you can watch that here if you feel like it. Had a great time. Thanks!
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Speaking? But aren’t you a writer?

I’ve begun setting up some speaking engagements, and I’d love to come speak somewhere near you. I’m speaking to a pretty wide variety of people, from high school and youth groups on up to business organizations and everything in between, about writing, journalism, business, general career advice, chasing dreams, and just about everything. Maybe this is...
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Listen to me jabber on about Behind the Drive and writing and such for Gangrey The Podcast

Had a great time talking Behind the Drive and writing in general with Matt Tullis, writer and human being extraordinaire, and host of the excellent Gangrey the Podcast. Give it a listen if you get a chance.
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How To Write A Book

So here's how Behind the Drive got written.
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The Future, Which Almost Wasn’t: Behind the Drive Chapter 1

That's me and Kenney right after we got our hands on a copy of the book the other day. You can read a PDF of Chapter 1: The Future, Which Almost Wasn't at behindthedrive.com by clicking here.
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You can order Behind the Drive now, so, please consider doing that, thanks.

Look — the best, most honest pitch I can give you is that writing Behind the Drive made me a better person. Sorry, I know that’s cheesy, but hey, facts are facts, right?
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How To Fall Down A Mountain — My Snowboarding Essay at Medium

My silly essay about how to snowboard, which was scary for me to write, which is fitting, because it's also an allegory about fear.
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To cuss, or not to cuss.

At one point in Behind The Drive (out in March!), Kenney gives us this delight of a sentence: “And that’s when the fuzzin’ fuzzety fuzz fuzzes came out of me.” Only, in real life, Kenney didn’t say “fuzz,” but another word. This was one of the hardest decisions for me to make as I finished up the...
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BEHIND THE DRIVE update: Results of the rewrite.

After 13 drafts and what I thought was a final draft, in September, I scrapped BEHIND THE DRIVE to start over with a new structure. I had no idea if it would work. The result is downright harrowing.
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Choices: 2014 in Review

A quick recap of what I've been up to and working on in 2014, and some goals for 2015, including trying to blog better for you, because you're awesome.
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What ‘The American Dream’ means today to SCAD professor Art Novak

"When you strive to achieve some arbitrary ideal just because others are achieving it, you’re not free."
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BEHIND THE DRIVE update: The Overhaul

BEHIND THE DRIVE, my book about Kenney Moore and Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, has had its release date delayed. And that's a good thing. Here's why.
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What ‘The American Dream’ Means Today To Aspiring Writer Lou Mindar

An insurance agent and aspiring writer shares his thoughts on what the American Dream means today. Part of the 'Behind Your Drive' series.
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What ‘The American Dream’ means today to artist Adrienne Jensen

An artist shares her thoughts on what the American Dream means today. Part of the 'Behind Your Drive' series.
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Hwy 55 founder and president Kenney Moore’s shocking salary

The average American CEO in 2013 actually got paid 354 times more than the average worker. You'll never believe what Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries founder and CEO Kenney Moore pays himself.
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What ‘The American Dream’ Means To Entrepreneur Ian Blair of The Blair Group

A successful entrepreneur and the principal of a business consulting firm shares his thoughts on the modern American Dream.
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