• My Book Bucket List

    Shawn the Book Maniac created a Mookes and Gripes Bucket List Book Tag on YouTube and tagged me. Here is the podcast his tag is celebrating. And here is my video, as well as my poll for you to help select which of these two books I should read in 2022. 🙂 Thanks!

  • On My Ordination Anniversary

    On My Ordination Anniversary

    Three years ago today, I was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in the ELCA. As an out bisexual trans guy, I was ordained under a circus rigging, where we later had a circus performance fundraiser for AIDS Walk Portland (now AIDS Walk Northwest). I even performed for the first time on trapeze! It was an…

  • May Wrap-Up and Reality Check

    May Wrap-Up and Reality Check

    Hi everyone! So, here’s my reality check… I can’t do all the things in the time I’ve got and still have enough rest and wind-down time. I’m going to take a brief breather from making YouTube videos and focus on reading and working on the outline for my novel. (the cover photo for this post…

  • April Wrap-Up and May TBR

    April Wrap-Up and May TBR

    Hi everyone! I hope you are having a lovely May. How are your reading and writing journeys going? I was able to read 10 books in April, as well as continuing my progress on my BookTube channel. My novel is percolating on a back burner. 🙂 here’s what I read in April: 5 star reads…

  • March Speed Review + BookTube Channel!

    March Speed Review + BookTube Channel!

    Hi everyone! I can’t believe it is April 2021! I hope you are all doing well. And hurray – spring is here! I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I read in March, and I almost completed my March TBR (to be read), and threw in some extras. So without further ado – my March Speed…

  • Life goals: More books please

    Life goals: More books please

    I’m still working on draft two of my novel, but I’m also diving into reading more, and being intentional with reading goals, particularly reading or listening to more books in the mystery and non-fiction genres, and books by writers of color. So in that vein, here are some quick thoughts on my reading and writing…

  • Happy National Black Literacy Day!

    Happy National Black Literacy Day!

    Happy National Black Literacy Day! Semicolon in Chicago, a bookstore and gallery space owned and operated by a Black woman, actively involved in literacy programs for the community, organized to get February 14th certified as National Black Literacy Day! ❤ In an article on LitHub, the bookstore owner DL Mullen describes her motivation for creating…

  • Black History Month 2021

    Black History Month 2021

    For Black History Month this year, I wanted to share some book recommendations I’ve seen on my feeds. I haven’t read any of the books yet but will definitely be adding them to my TBR (To Be Read) list and spending some $$ on books! 😀 I also gave reparations today via Kinfolk Kollective, and…

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!

    Wishing you and yours a healthy, safe, and happy 2021! This year was, um, interesting, yes? Here’s what I did in my 2020. I continue to work full time as a tech support person. I still solve fun problems for hospital software and enjoy working with my team. I’m not a fan of being on…

  • Here goes!

    Here goes!

    Alright, NaNoWriMo – I hope I’m ready for you. The goal – write 50,000 words in the month of November. I’m as ready as I have ever been, and last night finished the latest draft of my outline. So here goes! A few of the podcasts/vlogs on my playlist:White HomeworkWriter’s Detective BureauWriting ExcusesWriting with Jenna…

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