Post #5–A draft in the agent’s hands

The work was beautiful. It felt synchronistic. We were both immediately engaged--we got home from that trip and felt ready to pounce on the project. We didn't tell each other what we were doing--there was little-to-no prep work--we just sat down and started writing....

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Post #4: Memoir

Isn't the thought of a (then) 32-year-old writing a memoir hilarious? That's what I thought. I spent the next few days saying things like "Sorry, Lolly, I can't come and help with dinner right now. I'm too busy writing my memoirs…" *puts hand to forehead in a dramatic...

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Post #3–Timeline

So, here's the sequence of events, kind of. 2009--I wrote a novel. It about killed me. Queried, got a positive response, but realized I hadn't edited the manuscript and that I'd queried prematurely. (For the record, it still sits, unedited, rotting in my hard drive....

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Post #2–Back Story

In its earliest iteration, this blog was a writing blog. Actually, no, scratch that. In the earliest iteration, this blog was about ADHD. But even then, the whole idea was writing. The year before, I'd written my first novel. I knew I needed to build a platform...

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Post #1

Hi! Here's my day so far: I woke up at the crack of dawn, by which I mean to say 8:32am. I rolled over and tried to sleep while my daughters were screaming about getting their hair done. At 8:53, Tessa came in and climbed in bed with me. She made me play "alligator"...

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I AM a big deal.

Sometimes people ask me "Josh, what's it like being a Mormon celebrity? Like, seriously, is it hard to be such a big deal?" Gotta admit, it can be hard to be someone who exudes relevance all the time. I'm wearing a tux. I am relevant.  Like, for instance, it's...

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Totally not weird or gay

I'd like to introduce you to my new friend: This is Ben Shafer.  He and I met a few of months ago when we were both performing Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God" (which is incredible, btw) in Tacoma. We hit it off immediately, and he was like "Josh I want to be your...

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This Post is Not About Fathers

Oh! Hi there! Um, this is awkward isn't it? It's been a while. How are you doing? Good? How's your [sore body part of choice] feeling? Better now that you've gotten some rest? And your job? Going well? Sure hope so. Did your son/daughter finish learning how to do that...

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Who’s the freak show? + FFAQ poll UPDATED WITH PHOTO

When I was in college, I played in an orchestra concert, and afterwards a friend of mine in the viola section came up to me and said "My girlfriend was in the audience. She noticed you playing." I was all flattered for a second, and then he broke the news. "She was...

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Dear Anna (Letter #1)

I have no idea when you'll read this. There are some things you need to know about me. Right now I want to tell you about our latest attempt to talk to you about my sexual orientation. I want to record this so that you never feel like we were keeping secrets from you...

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FFAQ attack!

It's already that time again. Time for more questiones (pronounced "queschiones"). But before we get to that I wanted to share these pictures from a birthday party Tessa went to. Our friend Katie hosted a Ninja party for her daughter, Macie, and Tessa was invited. We...

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