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A running log of things I’m working on.

Extras: The Scotty McCreery Interview

"Baseball’s a huge part of my life and I do expect it to get into my music more at some point." Practically every story or interview in a magazine has had something left out. Sometimes that's because some stuff just ain't all that interesting. But often it's just because there's not enough space. Hence, "Extras." ...
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Extras: Checking In With Greg Cauley, UNC’s Biggest Fan

College sports' ultimate fan, Greg Cauley, who's been to every UNC football game and home basketball game since 1985, was there in person when Carolina lost to Kansas in St. Louis last weekend. (If you're like, "Who the heck is Greg Cauley"—I recently profiled him for GQ.) He emailed me last week. We got to...
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My First GQ Story: Mad For Carolina, Starring The Biggest College Sports Fan In America

First GQ story went live on the website this morning. Many more thoughts to come on this one, but for now, a quick excerpt. Make sure to go read the whole thing here. This one was a lot of fun, and Greg Cauley was a lot of fun to hang out and talk with, and...
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Who Kenny Powers Is Based Off Of, Whether He Could Beat Up Ricky Vaughn, the Sport Danny McBride is Actually Good At, and How He Learned To Pitch

Danny McBride didn't know how to throw a baseball when he started filming for the cult HBO comedy Eastbound & Down. For the uninformed: McBride plays the salty-mouthed, mullet-wearing burned out pitcher many believe is modeled after notorious former Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with McBride for...
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Thank You

Just wanted to take a quick second to thank the handful of you who stop by here on a regular basis. Really. Being a young writer with a blog focused on not much of anything, there are still a group of you who come by every day, and I'm really grateful for you.  Come 2012,...
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Learning from Meadowlark

One of the greatest things that happened for me this year is that I've re-learned what it means just to enjoy life. I think that a big part of rediscovering that happened when I interviewed Meadowlark Lemon awhile back.
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Why I Can’t Wait For Christmas (And A Quick List of Where You Can Read My Writing)

I am so stoked about the holidays. A lot of people sort of dread them. The cliches, far as I can tell, involve dreading seeing family, dreading spending money on people you rarely see, dreading spending time around people you don't really care to see, yada de yada. Not me, man. I can't wait to...
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The First Legend: Meadowlark Lemon in SLAM Magazine

  Wrote up Meadowlark Lemon for SLAM magazine’s issue this month. Don’t think the story’s online yet, but you can get the magazine from newsstands everywhere, and SLAM editor-in-chief Ben Osborne was gracious enough to allow me to post the PDF version of the Meadowlark story here. Make sure to grab a copy of the...
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“In Bad Times, Good Face”

Up late transcribing some interviews right now for my next ESPN The Magaine piece, trying to get as ahead on work as I possibly can right now. Life is insanely busy, and so I’m awake while my beautiful, warm wife sleeps alone. Something’s wrong with that. But I work so hard now so I can...
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David Roth Says Cool Things About ‘Nobody Walks Alone’

Many thanks to David Roth at the Wall Street Journal for a great shoutout about my recent ESPN The Magazine story, “Nobody Walks Alone.” From Roth’s Tuesday column at The Daily Fix:  Mike Williams was never all that famous, although he did spend much of his working life around people more famous than he –...
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The Giant in the Wheelchair III: It’s Out. It’s REALLY Out.

Today, I got ESPN The Magazine's 2011 Body Issue in the mail.  My first story for them is in it. Six months and five drafts and so many thousands of words and hours from when it was assigned, my first "big" story for a national publication.  A huge enormous gigantic amazing I-really-can't-believe-this-is-real-and-I-know-I-should-act-totally-cool-about-this-but-it's-just-way-too-amazing moment in my...
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Nobody Walks Alone

My long-awaited first story in ESPN The Magazine is officially out. Available online today. You can read it by clicking here or by clicking the screengrab at right. Available everywhere in print on Friday. Stay tuned here. I have many, many people to thank. Until then, enjoy the story.
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The Giant in the Wheelchair

This week my first story comes out in ESPN The Magazine. I've been contributing fun little front-of-book features for the mag for awhile now, but this is my first "real" story. They put me on a plane and sent me to Chicago for a week and everything. It was awesome.  The characters were those we...
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Remember That Time I Did Triathlon Stuff?

  So, a year ago this time, I was trying to make myself better but killing myself in the process. Or so it felt. So strongly I felt I was dying sometimes that I so often used the term “killing myself” or some variation thereof that an angry reader scolded me for being so careless...
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Coolmore Plantation and Its Caretaker

(UPDATED) Coolmore Plantation survived time, weather, and war to stand today as one of the most significant antebellum complexes in North Carolina. I wrote about it and Joe Spiers, the man who lives there now, for the March issue of Our State magazine.  It started out as a simple photo essay for the magazine. Then,...
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Finding My Way to The Edge of Legend

  Today’s blog post is over at ShawnSmucker.com. Writer, blogger, and human being extraordinaire Shawn Smucker invited me to write about how writing The Edge of Legend changed me. Below is an excerpt and a link to the post at his site. I could fill a book about what The Edge of Legend did to me. That’s part of...
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Prologue with Ben Steelman, tonight in Wilmington

If you’re in the Wilmington area tonight and not all busy with cheesy Valentine’s Day romance, I’ve got something for you to do. Better yet, make this part of your cheesy Valentine’s Day romance. Wilmington Star-News writer Ben Steelman will host Prologue at 7 p.m. tonight at the WHQR radio station’s gallery, and I’ll be...
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Paintball! Part III (a.k.a. Why I’m The Wimp Who Does That Instead Of Going To Egypt)

I'm the quintessential American twenty-something ex-collegiate-athlete. I love feeling a rush without doing something actually dangerous. Like shooting at people and getting shot at with no chance of death. Me laying down some paint hiding.  Like paintball. (My much-mentioned Wilmington Star-News column went online today; it's in print tomorrow. An excerpt is at the end...
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Paintball! Part II

Played some paintball this weekend. Seriously, someone's paying me to play paintball. And then write about it. Could I have a better job? Nope. I definitely wore my fair share of paint. And then there was that one time I shot my own teammate.  Oops. But after a couple of games I'd learned the field,...
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Paintball!

Got my first paintball gun when I was 13 or 14. Christmas gift from the parents. Dad got one, too. And the mask. And some camo. Then we went outside and shot each other. Later, we went to the paintball field in Chocowinity, NC—I can't remember its name—and shot our friends and some strangers. Had...
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It’s All About Moving Forward—The Start Of My Guest-Posting At MyOneWord.Org

As of today, I'm writing occasional guest posts for MyOneWord.org, which is the online headquarters for a groundbreaking movement out of Port City Community Church. PC3, as the church is known here in Wilmington, is the megachurch I attend. (That I attend a megachurch is sorta crazy, and another story for another day. But a...
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