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The Phases of Writing (Adam McHugh)

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’ve ever felt out of place among all the exciting, expressive, emotional enthusiasm of a contemporary church service…or an evangelist’s demands that you need to constantly be sharing your faith boldly to strangers…if it simply wipes you out to […]

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Significance, Influence, and Gratitude

posted by Jason Boyett

Note: I first wrote this for jasonboyett.com and published it there last week, but thought it might fit well over here as well. —————— I grew up across the street from a girl named Megan. Like me, she had blond […]

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Interview: Bryan Allain of BlogRocket

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend Bryan Allain is knee-deep in a new coaching venture called BlogRocket, which is designed to help bloggers improve their blogs and grow their readership. Because I know many of my readers maintain their own blogs, I asked Bryan […]

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Stanley Fish’s Favorite Sentences (and Mine, too)

posted by Jason Boyett

This week I stumbled onto a blog post at Slate in which Stanley Fish, the literary critic and New York Times columnist, lists what he thinks are the top five sentences in the English language. The author of the new […]

For Amarillo Magazine: Carpe Christmas

posted by Jason Boyett

Right before Thanksgiving, my friends at Amarillo Magazine asked me to write an inspiring holiday piece for their December print edition. So I wrote a sort of maudlin piece about death. Merry Christmas! (It had been one of those months.) […]

Justifying My Existence at DFW

posted by Jason Boyett

Last Wednesday, I traveled to the beautiful campus of Colgate University to speak to the students of Colgate Christian Fellowship about faith and doubt and religious tension — the stuff I discuss in O Me of Little Faith. Colgate is […]

The Iron Fist: Finding Time to Write

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple weeks ago, in the comments for this post, a commenter offered a suggestion: If you feel up for it, maybe you can put up a post that can give us readers some tips on how to keep writing […]

Stephen Hawking, God, and Twitter

posted by Jason Boyett

Last Thursday, in an excerpt from his upcoming book, The Grand Design, world-famous physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking revealed that he no longer believed the universe needed a creator God. “The universe can and will create itself from nothing,” he […]

Interview with Rachel Held Evans (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday Rachel Held Evans and I began discussing her new book, Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions. Here’s the second part of the interview. Make sure you stick around […]

Where Do I Go from Here?

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the questions I get asked pretty frequently — especially with the release of a new book — is this one: What are you writing next? That question comes from fans, family members, agents, editors, and interviewers. Up to […]

OMOLF Introduction, with Commentary

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s release week for O Me of Little Faith. I hope you haven’t gotten tired of my constant book-promoting over the last couple of week — it can be indelicate, but it’s sort of my job. Occasionally I need to […]

Winner! 5-Sentence Scary Story (Ash)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yikes. These scary contests are getting more and more disturbing every time. Splattered brain matter, rotting body cavities, burning corpses, hemorrhoid cream…I’m going to have to put a parental advisory on these things. Still: Well done. Some great stuff here. […]

Five-Sentence Scary Story Contest: Ash

posted by Jason Boyett

As promised, it’s time for yet another five-sentence scary story contest. This time, you have an entire weekend to submit your story in the comments. For inspiration, here are the links to the previous 5-sentence contests:• The one with snow• […]

Nine Things I Learned at FFW

posted by Jason Boyett

I know yesterday’s post already mentioned my trip to Grand Rapids for the Festival of Faith & Writing, but I want to get one more post out while the experience is still fresh. Being around other writers (published and unpublished), […]

“How Do You Find the Time?” and the iPad

posted by Jason Boyett

Yes, of course I want an iPad. Who doesn’t? They’re sleek, cool, “magical” little computery things. My Austin friend, Shuey, has one and keeps handing it to drooling strangers who can barely keep their hands off it, and who barely […]

Guest Post: Bryan Allain on Writing

posted by Jason Boyett

For me, Bryan Allain is one of those Internet-only friends we all have whom we figure we’d get along pretty well with if we ever interacted in the real world. I’m not sure how the two of us first got […]

Michael Spencer, 1956-2010

posted by Jason Boyett

Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, died last night at his home in Oneida, Kentucky. He was surrounded by his family. He had cancer. He got sick in November. Once the doctors figured out what it was, they started an aggressive […]

Upcoming Appearances

posted by Jason Boyett

Just a schedule update. I’ve got a few appearances lined up in the next month that you may want to know about if you live in the Grand Rapids or New York City areas. (Yes, those two locations aren’t generally […]

Rapture Ready! An Interview with Daniel Radosh

posted by Jason Boyett

Daniel Radosh is the kind of freelance writer who makes other freelance writers jealous. Or inspired. But mostly jealous. He’s earned himself bylines in the New Yorker, the New York Times, McSweeney’s, GQ, Esquire, Salon, Slate, and Playboy. He’s been […]

More Questions about Writing

posted by Jason Boyett

More writing-related questions. Let’s get right to them: What is your opinion on self-publishing? Just a few years ago, self-publishing was how writers got their books printed when the books weren’t good enough to get printed “for real” in the […]

FAQs About Freelance Writing

posted by Jason Boyett

I get questions quite often from aspiring writers and freelancers who want to know about what I do and how I do it and is there any chance in the world they can do it, too? So I usually email […]

Phyllis Tickle Endorses!

posted by Jason Boyett

Some people get nervous when their books release to the public and the reviews start pouring in. But the most nervous I get is when advance copies of my books go out to endorsers. Usually, I’ve hand-picked these first readers […]

12 Things I Learned Recording My Audiobook

posted by Jason Boyett

I spent several hours on Tuesday and several today recording the unabridged audio book version of O Me of Little Faith. It wasn’t my first time in a recording studio, but was definitely my first time to record an audio […]

Picking Dandelions with Sarah Cunningham

posted by Jason Boyett

I like to read stories about interesting people. And I like to read books by excellent writers–the kind who, technically, are very good at their craft. When a gifted writer happens to be an interesting person with compelling stories and […]

So About Yesterday…

posted by Jason Boyett

Maybe I’m naive, but I really didn’t expect yesterday’s questions to get as theological as they got in yesterday’s Ask Jason Any Question extravaganza. I was prepared to answer a lot of questions about writing. Or breakdancing. Where were the […]

Ask Me Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

I know a lot of you are aspiring writers, so every once in awhile I like to dedicate a blog post to answering writer-type questions. Instead of pre-selecting the questions, though, I figured we’d just do this one on the […]

Career Satisfaction: The Truth About Dreams

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I asked you to list your first job, your current job, and your dream job in which money was no object. Your answers were fascinating. Thank you to all of you who participated. A lot of you — I […]

Michael Spencer: The Day Before

posted by Jason Boyett

Michael Spencer (the Internet Monk) has been a web friend for several years. I’ve been inspired, comforted, and challenged by his blogging since running across his work — along with the Boars Head Tavern — back in 2004 or so. […]

Winner! 5-Sentence Scary Story (with Snow)

posted by Jason Boyett

You people are super creepy. I’ve done the scary story contest before, but last time around, the stories were not nearly as disturbing as yesterday’s entries. Maybe it’s the Fargo-esque quality of the deep snow. Maybe it’s the clautrophobic feel […]

Five-Sentence Scary Story Contest: Snow

posted by Jason Boyett

The conversation since Monday has been excellent, I think. Thanks to those of you who contributed, both from the religious and non-religious sides. Thanks also for keeping it civil. But it’s been a heavy sort of conversation, all this existence-of-God […]

Interview with Danielle Shroyer

posted by Jason Boyett

For a relatively young pastor, Danielle Shroyer already has a pretty impressive résumé. She graduated from Princeton Divinity School. She has served as a youth minister, campus minister, and chaplain for a retirement community. She’s currently the pastor of Journey […]

What I Wish My Husband Knew about Motherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

On Wednesday I asked for feedback from guys for a magazine article I’m writing. The topic: What I Wish My Wife Knew about Fatherhood. There have been some really insightful things mentioned so far in the comments to that post. […]

What I Wish My Wife Knew About Fatherhood

posted by Jason Boyett

Feedback time. I’m working on an article assignment for a Christian magazine. (I’m going to keep it nameless right now, because some of the content might end up being anonymous.) The working title of the article is “What I Wish […]

O Me of Little Faith Cover Art

posted by Jason Boyett

And here’s the cover art of my next book, from Zondervan. It releases officially in May 2010. Answers to unasked questions: 1. Yes, he has bandages on his nipples. 2. No, I don’t know why. But I assume Christian bookstores […]

Interview with Tess Mallory (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s Part 2 of my interview with romance writer Tess Mallory, who has written several time-travel romances and, over the past couple weeks, has become a frequent commenter on this blog. That’s Tess below, with her granddaughter. Read Part 1 […]

Interview with Tess Mallory (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week’s unrelated posts on worship and forbidden words in Christian romances hit a wide audience and brought a lot of new traffic to this blog, and as a result I’ve been able to connect with some interesting new people. […]

A Veterans Day Post: Meeting Paw-Paw

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Veteran’s Day. The veterans in my family include my wife’s grandparents (Eddie & Sunny Storseth), both of whom served as officers in the Navy; my maternal grandfather, John E. Brown, who served in the military police for the […]

Like a Torpedo with Gills: Contest Winner

posted by Jason Boyett

To all of you who submitted an entry in yesterday’s Five-Sentence Story Contest: Well done. We received a great collection of entries, almost all of which followed the rules (which included setting a suspenseful tone, containing the phrase “torpedo with […]

9 Secret Insights on Nines Day

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is September 9, 2009, which means it’s another nerd holiday: 09/09/09. Depending on your perspective, we won’t see another set of repeating dates until October 10, 2010 (10/10/10), and no repeating single-digit dates until January 1, 2101 (01/01/01). So […]

Blog Posts About Sex Get Lots of Traffic

posted by Jason Boyett

This has been a fun week at Jesus Needs New PR, the blog of my friend (and fellow writer) Matthew Paul Turner. A few years back, he wrote a book called What You Didn’t Learn from Your Parents About Sex […]

Of Mice and Men and Mummies

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m pretty sure every writer has this experience. At least, I hope so. You see a book on a shelf, or read about it in a magazine, and think: Wow. THAT is a great book idea. I totally could have […]

Is Michael Jackson in Heaven?

posted by Jason Boyett

Is Michael Jackson in Heaven? That was the question my editors at The Daily Beast wanted me to ask pastors last Thursday. Because the Beast has been wanting to increase their religion coverage, we had spent the previous couple of […]

Interview with a Writer (Me)

posted by Jason Boyett

I just finished up answering some questions for a publication that will be featuring one of my articles this fall. It’s one of those “contributor profile” kinds of things where they ask a whole bunch of questions and then pick […]

Three Things for Monday

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m pulling together a post for tomorrow that I think you’ll enjoy. In the meantime, here are three not-at-all-related things to catch you up on: 1. The Daily Beast: If you keep up with my Twitter feed, you would have […]

Winner! Five-Sentence Romantic Story Contest

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday we had another fun five-sentence story contest. This one was a bit different from the last one. No scary stories this time, but romance. No weird “Jimmy” rules, either. Instead, I added requirements that entries use the name “Ruby” […]

Five-Sentence Romantic Story Contest

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been a month, so that means it’s time for another contest. For the last contest, I submitted a weird photo and asked you to construct a five-sentence scary story based on it. This time I have located a similarly […]

College Students and Church Attendance

posted by Jason Boyett

Take a group of 100 young adults, under the age of 30. Put them in a room, and ask them how they feel about Church. The Church. Church with a capital-C. Here’s what you’ll learn: • 46 of these young […]

Why I Love June

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is June 1. That’s big news, I know, but I was thinking this morning how much I’ve come to love the summertime and thought I’d make a list. Because I like lists, and so does this blog. Five Reasons […]

Michael Emerson and the Power of Voice

posted by Jason Boyett

A couple weeks back, with our 5-Sentence Scary Story Contest, we indirectly explored the power of voice when it comes to writing. As a writer, “voice” is important. I use it all the time, whether it’s in writing my Pocket […]

Cool Writing Jobs: Subtitling

posted by Jason Boyett

You meet some interesting people on Twitter. One of them I’ve met recently is Nadine Bells, who lives in Canada and is a media subtitler — she’s one of the people who transcribes dialogue (and other stuff) on television shows […]

The Trash Can: What I’ve Killed

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not sure if this will work or not. But it seems interesting to me, and I’m hoping it’ll be interesting to you as well. In the process of writing a book, most writers end up writing far more than […]

How I Use Social Media

posted by Jason Boyett

The year 2009, it seems, has already been declared the Year of Twitter., where about half the people you run into claim to be something called a “Social Media Expert.” Everyone’s on Facebook, too, other than my wife. This fact […]

Afterlife Preview: 11 Sensible Explanations for Ghosts

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s been a few months since the last sneak peak at Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, which releases in August from Jossey-Bass (along with Pocket Guide to Sainthood and a repackaged Pocket Guide to the Bible). My favorite chapter in […]

Writer’s Mailbag: Endorsements

posted by Jason Boyett

What’s the story with endorsements? That’s a question I’ve been asked on numerous occasions. Those little blurbs on the front and back of books…where do they come from? What’s the purpose? How do you get them? Let’s discuss. As you […]

Confessions: I Read (and Enjoyed) Twilight

posted by Jason Boyett

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more. Specifically, to read 12 books. Which sounds like a lame goal, but considering that I spend a lot of my free time writing my own books and working on other […]

Interview: Jen from Cake Wrecks

posted by Jason Boyett

March is articles month for me, apparently. I’ve had eight assignments due by April 1, for various print and online publications, so I’ve been plugging away at these. One of them is for a new online venture — I’m not […]

Stories of Generosity: I Need Your Help

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m looking for some help with an article I’m writing for a new publication. The article is about the virtues of generosity, and I need two things: 1. Some quotes from youngish people (20s, 30s) who are trying to practice […]

Changes and Secret Truths

posted by Jason Boyett

The secret truth about writing books is that very few published writers are able to live off income from their books. I can’t remember the exact numbers, but I recall it being somewhere around 95% of people who have had […]

For Love of God and Beer

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in 2006, I traveled to the Dominican Republic with Tom Larson, the founder and then-President of Healing Waters International. (I wrote a 5-day travelogue for Relevant, which you might be interested in reading: Day One. Two. Three. Four. Five.) […]

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve

posted by Jason Boyett

In honor of tomorrow, Boundless has republished an old article of mine about Valentine’s Day, and why I don’t much like the obligatory romance aspect of it. It’s called “Three Rules of Romance.” Here’s a sample: Well, kids, it’s Valentine’s […]

Pigs, Prosecutors, and Killing My Babies

posted by Jason Boyett

You may recall that I finished my last manuscript of 2008 right before Christmas. It’s called O Me of Little Faith and is a book for Zondervan about my personal struggles with faith and doubt. I haven’t yet turned it […]

The Stuff Christians Like Apocalypse

posted by Jason Boyett

To those of you who are now arriving here thanks to my apocalyptic guest post today on Stuff Christians Like, welcome. Pull up a vintage yellow 1960s chair and look around. Before you look around, though, please tell me who […]

Books I Have Written, Plus Commentary

posted by Jason Boyett

I can’t believe I’ve never posted about this before. I’m a writer, for Grisham’s sake. I write books! Shouldn’t there be a blog post where I give an overview of all those books? Yes, there should. Preferably in the form […]

Tweeting the Inauguration

posted by Jason Boyett

I didn’t plan to, but I ended up live-tweeting the inauguration. Thought I’d post the feed here because I didn’t really plan anything else for today, blog-wise. Anything I have to say would be no different from most other people […]

Collide: The Prodigal Fun

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in September, I mentioned spending a week doing interviews with various funny people for a Collide Magazine article. Wait a second. “Funny people” is a weird way to describe a person. It makes me think of clowns and floppy […]

Fake Jason’s Fake Novel

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday was really inspirational and up-with-peopleish. I’m conflicted about it. Should I do that kind of thing more or less often? While I’m waiting for your answer, I thought this would be a good time to check in with Fake […]

My Favorite Christmas Story

posted by Jason Boyett

One of my former TrueU editors, the current ski bum Matthew H. John, reminded me last week about an article I wrote last Christmas for the now defunct webmag. It was called “My Favorite Christmas Story” and it’s about a […]

A Conversation: The Doubt Book

posted by Jason Boyett

I sorta like like formatting a blog post as a conversation between two Jasons, so I’m gonna do it again. Don’t you dare try to stop me. ————- Jason 1 (interviewer): So you said you had an announcement. What is […]

Click for Charity Roundup

posted by Jason Boyett

Save the world, one click at a time: I just finished up writing a short magazine article about click-for-charity sites. Many of you are probably aware of these online destinations, but I thought I’d do my good deed for the […]

Twitter and the Fake Jason

posted by Jason Boyett

I love Twitter. I’m coming pretty late to the party — as usual (“Hey, have you heard about the iPhone? Quite a contraption!”) — but signed up a couple weeks ago and am thoroughly enjoying the experience. Dear experienced Twitter […]

The Day I Met Paw-Paw

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Veteran’s Day. The veterans in my family include my wife’s grandparents (Eddie & Sunny Storseth), both of whom served as officers in the Navy; my maternal grandfather, John E. Brown, who served in the military police for the […]

Matthew Paul Turner on Humor (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s part two of my interview with Matthew Paul Turner about Churched and the role humor plays in his writing specifically and in the Church as a whole. If you didn’t read part one yesterday, then read it first and […]

Matthew Paul Turner on Humor (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Matthew Paul Turner’s new book Churched released last week. He’s doing a lot of blog publicity this week and I’m happy to invite him over for part of his virtual book tour. You can read what I think of Churched […]

Churched and Other Weird Adjectives

posted by Jason Boyett

This is release week for my friend Matthew Paul Turner‘s new book, Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess. Release week is always a big deal for a writer, because typically you’ll have finished the book months […]

Buying More Shoes, Saving More Lives

posted by Jason Boyett

Some of you may be aware of Buy Shoes, Save Lives, an organization I profiled about a year ago for Relevant Magazine. BSSL is now called the Preemptive Love Coalition. If you are unfamiliar with their work, they operate out […]

Trash and Waste and Stuff

posted by Jason Boyett

I need your help. I’m working on a new article for Christian Single about our big waste problem, which sounds like something you shouldn’t talk about in mixed company but is really about trash and consumption and having too much […]

Joe Eszterhas: Crossbearer

posted by Jason Boyett

For awhile, all anyone in Hollywood talked about was Joe Eszterhas. Depending on whom you talked to, he was either the most brilliant thing to happen to movies and screenwriting or he was responsible for much of the sleaze in […]

My Week of Interviews

posted by Jason Boyett

One of the coolest things about writing for magazines is that you inevitably get to talk to interesting people. Of course, it’s mostly over the phone, but still… Once I spoke to this guy for a do-it-yourself home improvement article […]

This…And Also That

posted by Jason Boyett

Miscellaneous Linkage: 1. I have a new article up at TrueU.org. It highlights three major things I did this summer and what I learned from them. One of those things totally should have been “Do Not Swim Among Dead Fish” […]

You Are the Editor: Pocket Guide to the Bible

posted by Jason Boyett

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you probably know that my last book, Pocket Guide to the Bible — published in 2006 by Relevant — is being repackaged and republished as part of Jossey-Bass’s new Pocket Guide reference […]

Look, a Video Blog!

posted by Jason Boyett

Office lighting is SO unflattering. I usually look a lot more Brad Pitt-like. So…you like the video? Should I do this more often? How much of my Texas accent comes through? (Comments are welcome.)

Listy, Afterlife-Related Goodness

posted by Jason Boyett

Anyone up for some advance, listy content from Pocket Guide to the Afterlife (one of three Pocket Guides to release next summer)? More than any of the other Pocket Guides I’ve written, this one — about heaven and hell and […]

The Wittenburg Door

posted by Jason Boyett

I grew up Southern Baptist — and I still attend a Southern Baptist church — but my faith journey has taken me through a lot more wide open ecumenical spaces than the narrow Southern Baptist road. I guess I’d describe […]

Freelance Writing Is Not Glamorous

posted by Jason Boyett

Just in case any of you are aspiring to the life of freelance writing because you think it’s a totally glam occupation full of interesting projects, here’s a list of some of the topics I’ve gotten paid to write about […]

The All-Important Toupee Question

posted by Jason Boyett

I have a serious question about a silly topic: preachers who wear toupees. I am not dogmatic about very many religious things. I’m pretty easygoing and tend to think, as a rule, grace is always better than judgment. Except for […]

Buy Shoes, Save Lives

posted by Jason Boyett

Relevant is now posting the full text of an interview I did with Buy Shoes, Save Lives founder Jeremy Courtney. Jeremy’s organization is a cool one on several different levels, bringing the realms of fashion, social justice, interfaith cooperation, combating […]

Anne Jackson Interview (Part Two)

posted by Jason Boyett

Today we continue with Part Two of an interview with Anne Jackson, author of Mad Church Disease and the persona behind FlowerDust.net. (Read Part One here.) Anne grew up the daughter of a West Texas pastor and had a front-row […]

Anne Jackson Interview (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m tired of blogging about me — and you may be tired of reading about me. So let’s talk to someone else. A couple weeks ago, I interviewed Matthew Paul Turner right after his new book released. Now it’s time […]

Update on the Pocket Guides

posted by Jason Boyett

You no longer need hold your breath. The Pocket Guide update you’ve long been waiting for has arrived. Sports Fans? Put down your remotes. Gamblers? Set the cards aside. Whoremongers? Stop all that mongering. 1. Pocket Guide to the Afterlife […]

Fake Band Contest Last Day

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is the final day to submit your entry for the Fake Band Shirts contest. We’ve had some pretty good ones so far. Remember, I’m picking my five favorite ones and then we’ll vote on a winner, who’ll receive a […]

Sainthood Preview: Carmelites

posted by Jason Boyett

It’s time for another morsel from my upcoming Pocket Guide to Sainthood (Jossey-Bass, 2009). There were (and are) a whole lot of different religious orders, all of which have produced their share of interesting saints. These include Benedictines, Franciscans, Cistercians, […]

Three Things That Make Me Smile Today

posted by Jason Boyett

Sad? Discouraged? Depressed? Here are three things to cheer you up: 1. It is now OK for Christians to believe in aliens. This according to the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, a Jesuit who directs the Vatican Observatory (who knew the […]

Matthew Paul Turner Interview (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday, author/speaker/blogger Matthew Paul Turner stopped by for Part 1 of an interview during his blog tour to promote his new book Hokey Pokey. Here’s Part 2 of the interview. Enjoy… –I know you talked to a lot of other […]

Matthew Paul Turner Interview (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Matthew Paul Turner is a fellow writer and long-time digital friend (one of those weird cyber-friendships where we’ve known each other for years but have never actually hung out in person) who has recently released a new book, Hokey Pokey, […]

Coming Soon

posted by Jason Boyett

A few items of interest should be happening next week here at jasonboyett.com. They are as follows: 1. I recorded an interview today with Moody Radio in Cleveland (WCRF — 103.3 fm). Probably about a 30-minute interview with their morning […]

I Doubt It

posted by Jason Boyett

Crazy day today, for various health- and work-related reasons. So no real and/or official and/or super creative post or anything. My apologies. Instead, I’ll direct you to my latest piece for TrueU.org. It’s called “I Doubt It: How to Deal […]

Writer’s Mailbag: How Do You Find the Time?

posted by Jason Boyett

Other people are into NASCAR, or “American Idol,” or improving their golf game. But me? I’m fascinated with something that makes me a really big nerd: writers’ schedules. For years and years I’ve read interviews with various writers and paid […]

6 Denominations in 6 Weeks

posted by Jason Boyett

If you haven’t read the full “denominations” article yet, it’s now posted in its entirety at RELEVANTmagazine.com. Go read it. Comment if you’d like. Interact here or there. “6 Denominations in 6 Weeks”

All You Need to Know About Anchorites (Sainthood Preview)

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s another dose of advance content from Pocket Guide to Sainthood (Jossey-Bass, 2009). There were lots of really interesting ways to be super spiritual back in the medieval days, from sitting on a pole your whole life (St. Simeon Stylites […]

The Church-Hopping Article

posted by Jason Boyett

The article on my church-going immersion journalism experiment for Relevant Magazine is now available in the publication’s May/June 2008 issue. The article is called “6 Denominations in 6 Weeks: Diary of an Intentional Church Hopper.” It’s accompanied by a photo […]

Good Writing: Help Remedies, Inc.

posted by Jason Boyett

I stumbled upon a site this morning that offers a great example of the vital role copywriting can play in the creation and marketing of a certain brand. Help Remedies is a funky upstart health products company. That’s a weird […]

Where Can I Find Freelance Writing Jobs?

posted by Jason Boyett

Returning to the mailbag question from Wednesday: My quick answer to the question of where to find freelance writing jobs is everywhere. And I mean that. Our is a world of information and content. Despite the proliferation of videos and […]

Proofreaders for President

posted by Jason Boyett

Just a quick note: If you’re running for president, and if you’re going to spend millions of dollars to advertise yourself, and if you’re trying to restore competency to a presidency and party that has come to be known as […]

How Do I Become a Freelance Writer?

posted by Jason Boyett

Another dip into the Writer’s Mailbag. Blogger Sean Brereton asked me some good questions the other day about freelance writing: How do you first get into freelance writing? Where can you find jobs? Does it take a lot of crappy […]

Storytelling: Daniel, Part 2

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s Part 2 of Daniel’s story, which began yesterday in this post. Daniel is a teenage performer with Spirit of Uganda, a group of musicians and dancers (most of whom are orphans) who are touring the U.S. right now as […]

Storytelling: Daniel, an AIDS Orphan

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m trying something new on the blog today, and I hope you’ll find it as interesting as I think it could be. I love to share good stories — and storytelling is the foundation of writing — so from time […]

Bye-Bye Mugabe

posted by Jason Boyett

Good news out of Zimbabwe. It looks like President Robert Mugabe is at least conceding that he didn’t win the recent election. I won’t pretend to know much about African politics — in fact, I know very little — but […]

White People Really Like Cash

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in mid-February, I linked to a great new blog called “Stuff White People Like.” It wasn’t an especially ground-breaking discovery on my part, because apparently everyone linked to the site around that same time and the blog got huge, […]

Odd Book Title Winner Announced

posted by Jason Boyett

The Bookseller magazine has announced the winner in its Oddest Book Title competition, and it’s the self-help manual If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs, which, um, walked away with a third of the votes. As […]

Tara Leigh Cobble Interview (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s the rest of my interview with Tara Leigh Cobble, indie musician, speaker, and author of Crowded Skies. If you missed it, here’s Part 1. JB: What did you learn in the process of publishing Crowded Skies? What will you […]

Tara Leigh Cobble Interview (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

Back in January, I mentioned my online friend Tara Leigh Cobble, who is an excellent indie musician and writer and who also is blessed with synesthesia, but whom I’ve never met in real life. She once met Jason Morant and […]

Puppets

posted by Jason Boyett

From 2005 until late last year, I worked as a freelance writer and consultant on a number of marketing and promotional projects for Relevant Solutions, the design and strategy division of Relevant Media Group (publishers of Relevant Magazine and several […]

Discipline

posted by Jason Boyett

I am at the writing stage right now where the “being a writer” part is not that attractive. Pocket Guide to Sainthood is finished and the manuscript has been turned in to the publisher (no doubt, several rounds of edits […]

Trace Bundy in Relevant

posted by Jason Boyett

I have a couple of pieces in the March/April issue of Relevant Magazine. One is a “Statement” column involving the (duh) obvious connection between Bigfoot and Easter, and the other is a quickie interview with Trace & Becca Bundy about […]

Pocket Guide to Sainthood (Preview #2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Just letting you in on some advance content from my upcoming book (summer 2009) called Pocket Guide to Sainthood (Jossey-Bass). Here’s a selection from the last chapter, which features miscellaneous lists related to saints: Eight Saints With Brutally Ironic Patronages […]

Margaret B. Jones and the Consequences

posted by Jason Boyett

There’s another literary scandal unfolding, and this one’s pretty juicy, to mix a delicious metaphor. Margaret B. Jones just released a harrowing memoir called Love and Consequences. It’s about how she, a half-white, half-Native American, ended up in a foster […]

Writer’s Mailbag (part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

First of all, happy Leap Day! Did you know that there’s just a .068 percent chance of being born on Leap Day, compared to a .27 percent chance of being born any other day of the year? Around 200,000 leaplings […]

Writer’s Mailbag

posted by Jason Boyett

This is the question most often asked of published writers by potential writers: I’ve got a great idea for a book. How do I go about getting it published? (HT: Robert Fortner‘s comment on this post) I wish I had […]

Gratitude and Deadly Vipers

posted by Jason Boyett

Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to do some freelance work for Mike Foster and his innovative culture-challenging, good-doing, non-profit organization, Ethur. One of Ethur’s projects is the Junky Car Club, which is just plain awesome (and […]

Pygmy Love Queens and Odd Book Titles

posted by Jason Boyett

You might have noticed that my books tend to have longish, quirky titles and subtitles. So far in my writing career, I’ve had the luxury of being able to mostly have my way when it comes to book titles, and […]

Healing Waters International

posted by Jason Boyett

I want to briefly use this (small, hardly noticeable) platform to call attention to one of my favorite social justice organizations. Healing Waters International is a Colorado-based nonprofit that provides clean water to the urban poor of Guatemala, Mexico, and […]

How Do You Write? (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

One question I always want to ask professional writers is about the process of writing for them — when do you write, where do you write, what’s your deskspace like, etc? Since this blog is partially supposed to be about […]

Happy Obligatory Romance Day!

posted by Jason Boyett

Three weeks ago I shared about how I don’t necessarily heart Valentine’s Day, which — if you keep up with these things — is today. The article I mentioned working on back then has now been published at TrueU.org, so […]

The End of the Strike

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been keeping up with the Writer’s Guild strike fairly closely over the last three months, primarily because 1) I’m a writer, though I’m not in the guild, and 2) because I seriously wanted to know when I would get […]

Pocket Guide to Sainthood (Preview #1)

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m finishing up book #1 in my three-book Pocket Guide deal with Jossey-Bass: Pocket Guide to Sainthood. And there are so many good/weird/funny stories that it was a challenge to keep the book pocket-sized. It seriously could have been called […]

FJM Unmasked

posted by Jason Boyett

The sporting world has always been enamored of multitaskers. Bo Jackson (Baseball, Football), Joe Gibbs (Football, NASCAR), Bill Belichick (Football, Videography, Fashion). We learned this week that the world of sports blogging also has a few notable multitaskers. And no, […]

Church Hopping

posted by Jason Boyett

I just finished participating in a bit of immersion journalism that’s slated to appear in the May/June issue of Relevant Magazine. For those who aren’t hip with the supersecret writing lingo, immersion journalism is the kind of writing where a […]

I Win! I Win!

posted by Jason Boyett

If you voted, you probably received an email to this effect. If you didn’t vote, you probably don’t care anyway. But the results of the ChangeEffect contest are in and my story about Paw-Paw was the big winner. Chicago, here […]

Return of the Pocket Guides

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been avoiding this until the time was right — by which I mean the contracts are signed and everything’s a go — but here’s the big announcement: my Pocket Guide series of books has a new home! Having finalized […]

Vote Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

posted by Jason Boyett

Just a friendly reminder: The final day to vote for my story in the ChangeEffect contest is tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 30). Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. CST. Go here to cast your vote for Jason (“The Day I Met Paw-Paw”). […]

ChangeEffect Last Round

posted by Jason Boyett

Update: I made the Top 5 in the ChangeEffect story contest, in which the winner gets a 3-day, 2-night trip to Chicago (and a Cubs game). For some background, I’ve written about it already here and here. Since this is […]

Valentine’s Day

posted by Jason Boyett

February 14 is in three weeks. I’m writing an article about it for TrueU.org, the premise of which is that I don’t like Valentine’s Day because it’s a mandatory romance day. Guys (and girls) are required to be romantic on […]

I Need Your Vote(s)

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week I mentioned my entry in a contest put together by ChangeEffect, a design group in Chicago. The goal: write an essay about how a certain change has had a profound effect on your life. The prize: a three-day, […]

Change, Chicago, and Paw-Paw

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m a Cubs fan. Have been since 1980 or so, when my brother and I discovered WGN on cable during those long summer afternoons when we were tired of building 12-inch-high forts out of the big pile of extra bricks […]

TrueU: My Favorite Christmas Story

posted by Jason Boyett

I have a new article up at TrueU.org, the online mag for college students. It’s called “My Favorite Christmas Story,” about how the parable of the prodigal son is the story I think of most during the season of Advent. […]

Jason Boyett: Writing

posted by Jason Boyett

Like any freelance writer with a background in advertising and copywriting, there’s a bunch of stuff out there that I’ve either written or contributed to. Some of it has my name on it, like bylined articles for magazines, including The […]

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