So why do you have “Forgive” tattooed on your left arm?
A few reasons. For one thing, I think it’s the most misunderstood, the most neglected, the most important, and the most forgotten action we can and should take. For another thing, it’s something that I personally need to remember more. I’ve seen a lot of Christians sporting tattoos that say “Forgiven.” I always remember that part; I don’t always remember to forgive. Finally, it’s in a fairly visible spot (at least when I have short sleeves or sleeves rolled up) because that way it might end up benefiting someone else who sees it and wonders about it, and because it will be obvious enough to other people that they can hold me accountable for it.
Are you going to put “Avenge” or “Forget” on your right arm?
No. The tattoo is deliberately on my left arm — my weaker arm — to remind me that sometimes the stronger choice is to make what appears to be the weaker choice. To me, leaving the right arm blank is part of the tattoo. However, enough people have asked that I have seriously considered taking the joking advice of my friend Brian and getting a very small tattoo on the right arm that says “This forearm intentionally left blank.”
So why did you name your daughter Sage?
We liked the name. That’s the whole reason. It felt right.
Are you going to name future kids Rosemary and Thyme?
Do you still do that comedy thing?
Yes. Over ten years now.
blah blah blah funny story blah blah blah …so you could probably use that in your act, right?
No — I do improv, not stand-up. I have considered doing stand-up, but trust me, your funny story is not the source material I’m looking for. I mean no disrespect — it was hilarious, and I’ll probably re-tell it at the next get-together I have if you’re not there. But that’s not how improv or stand-up work. If you’re truly interested, I’ll tell you how they work. In the meantime, though, I’d love another funny story.
What’s your favorite beer?
Leinenkugel’s Creamy Dark.
What do you write about?
Well, I started off writing only murder mysteries, but now I also do some contemporary fantasy. Don’t think Harry Potter or Twilight; think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, except with 100% less Joss Whedon and 100% more me. (Sorry. Joss doesn’t want to write my stuff.)
How do you think the Colts will do this year?
The Vegas over-under is 5.5 wins, and I think that’s exactly where it ought to be.
How’s Sage doing?
Amazing. I will talk about her for an hour if you let me. It may or may not occur to me that you’re not all that interested in which syllables she’s repeating, or what her poopy diapers have been like lately, or my poor descriptions of her adorable outfits. She makes me so happy, even when she should, by all rights, be driving me out of my exhausted mind.
And thank you for asking.