What comes from grief?

Introducing The Joy Menu, a narrative newsletter exploring death, loss, grief, art, and creativity.

Hi, friend.

I’ve been writing professionally for fifteen years. And I haven’t always been happy about it.

But in 2018 my father died and I got divorced, and the two-cheeked ass-kick helped me realize two things: lack of joy in my craft was keeping me both from doing the thing I love, and from loving the thing I love. (The thing I love is writing)

So I started to investigate this tension, and to delve deep in search of ways to reinvigorate my creative life. I read a lot. I cried. I wrote. I wrote more.

Simply put: the process saved my life.

The Joy Menu—this weekly narrative newsletter—is my attempt to share what I’ve discovered: it’s a toolkit, an advice column, and the story (in short installments) of my creative life.

Each week, you can expect practical reflections, personal stories, and memories exploring my creative creative practice and the life and art of my father.

And here’s me with a sign, looking at you judgmentally, to bring home the point:

Sign up already and get some joy in your (creative) life.

Also, tell your friends!