Podcast Interview on The Kota, Writing, and More

What do you get when you put 2 musicians, a writer, a recording device, and a few beers together? The best bar conversation you're ever going to eavesdrop. Many thanks to Justin Stover of Blue Collar Songwriting for the rare opportunity to be interviewed alongside my brother, Christian Somerville, who co-created The Kota Series worlds... Continue Reading →

Review of “Not Really Gone” by Blaire Sharpe

One of the reasons I love reviewing books is that every once in a while I take a chance on something I never would've picked up on my own.  Memoirs aren't my usual thing.  But, I'm so glad I agreed to read this one, not only because most of it is set in my native... Continue Reading →

#TheFourFriday – Christian’s Role

Every Friday, I'm posting something about how the real life "The Four" overlap with the fictional four Kota Warriors. As some of you know, The Kota Series is based on what "The Four" (myself, my brother, and our childhood best friends Kaly and Luke) played as kids.  Each of us is represented by one of the... Continue Reading →

Hermithood

It’s that time of year when I typically have had it with winter anyway, but today I’ve spent most of my time eagerly anticipating the moment when the wind is going to finish tearing off my neighbor’s screen door so that it joins the blowing snow, which just doesn’t seem to want to fly down. ... Continue Reading →

My brother’s first songs

[This Thanksgiving, my mom and I sat at the kitchen table listening to the cassette tape she’d recorded between 1985-1988 of my brother and me saying our ABC’s, singing “Jesus Loves Me,” etc.   It’s amazing to me how early our creative loves developed – I take every opportunity to tell stories; my brother wants... Continue Reading →

My First Stories

This Thanksgiving, my mom and I sat at the kitchen table listening to the cassette tape she'd recorded between 1985-1988 of my brother and me saying our ABC's, singing "Jesus Loves Me," etc.   It's amazing to me how early our creative loves developed - I take every opportunity to tell stories; my brother wants... Continue Reading →

Zombies, Halloween, and Death

On Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton asks the question, “If Heaven exists, what do you hope God will say when you come to the pearly gates?”  Not that Lipton will ever interview me, but if he did I have my answer all prepped – I’ve always hoped God will smirk and be like, “That... Continue Reading →

Disneyland for History Nerds

I adore History.  In grade school, I loved hearing stories from different periods.  In college, I once became so engrossed in a lecture about the Roman Empire that I forgot to take notes until halfway through the hour, which I think pleased the professor.  Now, I still love losing myself in stories of the past. ... Continue Reading →

“Single-Serving Friends”

“Sometimes you run into someone, regardless of age or sex, whom you know absolutely to be an independently operating part of the Whole that goes on all the time inside yourself, and the eye-motes go click and you hear the tribal tones of voice resonate, and there it is – you recognize them.”  -- Anne... Continue Reading →

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