#TopTenTuesday – Summer

I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday in a long time.  But, seeing as this is the last Tuesday of August and I've had a pretty wonderful summer,  I thought it time to share my favorite things of Summer 2016.  It started out where I was a little stressed, a little restless, and a lot... Continue Reading →

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 →

About my vague health posts lately…

Here's what's been going on with me:  *** A few weeks ago while in the shower, I thought I got shampoo in my eye because I had sudden patches in my left eye's vision.  This stupidity seemed very typical of me, and I didn't think too much of it.  After a week, these grey patches... 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 →

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 →

Living on the Fringes of an Amish Community

Another part of growing up on the Haymarsh was that many of our neighbors were Amish.  I don’t know the history of how they came to settle in the area, but they definitely added a unique flavor to the community.  I respect their devotion to their way of life and faith, even if I don’t... Continue Reading →

Hunter Princess

“What was once captured through epic voyage, war, quest, in modern days is found through sport, hunting. Preparing for battle in blazing orange armor, man’s ancient blood channels Odysseus, Hector, Arthur. Sirens pose as pheasants; long-suffering Penelopes wait at home. Something primal comes off the field in a faithful beast becoming man’s best god, in... Continue Reading →

Gummer-ing It Up

Once upon a time, a man and his two friends decided to go for a fishing trip off the coast of Northern England.  They got caught in the Trade Winds, drifted across the Atlantic, and ended up in America.  If you ask me, that is the perfect story for how my mom’s side of the... Continue Reading →

“Bad Gene Thing”

My family is very good at self-mockery – both sides, but today I’ll focus on my dad’s side.  “Bad gene thing” is a long-running joke, but all our quirks (genetic and otherwise) are loved, as they unite our little branch of the Somerville clan. The Somerville family has instilled in me things I appreciate deeply. ... Continue Reading →

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