Berin Kinsman is a writer, indie publisher, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Dancing Lights Press. With his wife Katie he is the co-host of the Proof of Life podcast. Berin is currently the general editor of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror.

“I live by the motto simplify, create, thrive. Keep things as uncomplicated and uncluttered as possible. Get rid of things that you don’t need to make space for the things that enhance your life. Focus on the things that matter most and bring you the greatest joy and satisfaction. Spend as much time doing what you love, whether it’s writing, crafting, cooking, or performing.”

All of the photographs on the site were taken by me.

The Blog

Every weekday I lay down about 300 words on whatever happens to be running through my mind at the moment. Think of it as a vlog, but made of words instead of moving pictures. Scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe and get the posts via email. Read the blog here.

Dancing Lights Press

A small press publisher, Dancing Lights Press specializes in tools for creative writers and tabletop roleplayers. Our mission is to encourage people to tell stories. We want to help all types of story tellers become better at their craft. Learn more here.

HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror

We’re told by authority figures that if we see something amiss, we should say something. What they mean is, report on the things that we’re told to be afraid of. Tired of living in fear, I’m saying something. This is not normal. It is not right. These things are not inevitable. Hubris is a zine about the struggles we face in the modern world. This is cultural horror. Read more here.

Proof of Life Podcast

Katie is a graduate student. Berin is an entrepreneur. We both have hectic schedules, and finding time to even have a cup of coffee together can be difficult. Add in trying to keep in touch with our family and friends — forget about it! So once a week with sit down in front of a live mic to talk about what we’re up to, how we’re doing, and what’s on our minds. This isn’t a podcast. It’s proof of life. Listen to the latest episodes here.

The Man in the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt


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