I’m Moving to Dallas! Can We Stay In Touch?

I’m Moving to Dallas! Can We Stay In Touch?

Super short version: I’m moving to Texas and want to keep in contact with everyone I know, or anyone who’s interested, through a simple “Friends of Clay” letter I’ll send out every couple months. I also wish I had a Christmas card list...
Teaching Chinese Students About America

Teaching Chinese Students About America

In the summer of 2012, I received a message at one of the colleges I teach at telling me about an international group of students who would soon be visiting from China’s┬áZhejiang University. Their stay in Pittsburgh was part of a three week English practicum...
Realm Makers Conference 2014

Realm Makers Conference 2014

Here’s the thing for anyone who wants to be a published author: You basically have to go to a writer’s conference at some point. Everything changed for me in 2011 when I made the decision to invest in the cost of traveling and attending conferences. Once I...
Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year! Before I make a quick observation, let me scintillate you with some of my big “firsts” of 2014. First Meal: breakfast burritos First Music: Listened to Binaural by Pearl Jam while cooking said breakfast burritos. I can’t believe that...

Fox News Declares Whitest Christmas Ever

Some stories just won’t go away until I write about them. But maybe you haven’t heard about Honky Jesus and Cracker Santa yet. So here’s the rundown on this cable news debacle. Don’t worry I’ll try to ignore how sad it is and just tell...

Classic Christmas Movies

No, I’m not talking about classics like everyone’s faves from the 1980s (A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). I’m talking about classic Hollywood Christmas movies, and I’m talking about them with Melissa Tagg....