Greetings from the middle of THE WORST SNOW STORM THAT'S EVER HAPPENED IN PITTSBURGH!
Ok, maybe not. But it is snowing outside right now, hopefully the last hurrah for a winter that wasn't all that bad to begin with. As someone who absolutely cannot stand driving in even the slightest bit of weather, you won't hear me complaining to see the spring flowers start popping up.
The other night, as I have given up TV for Lent, I was sitting on the couch reading, and an idea for a book hit me. I sat down at the laptop and starting jotting down some notes, brainstorming a layout, and outlining a little bit of what I wanted to say about each topic. In no less than an hour, I had basically the skeleton for my second book, ready to go, just needing to be written. I even started in on writing one of the chapters as I sat there on the couch, when about a page and a half into book #2 I thought to myself: "You should probably finish book #1..."
You see, when I had the incredible blessing of a Sabbatical last summer, I took some time and wrote a book that had been in my head for a long long time about the messy nature of Christian faith. I wrote all the chapters, and then spent a little bit of time in the fall coming back around to edit and clean up some stuff. But since then, the drafts have all been sitting on my desktop, just waiting for something to happen to them.
Unbelievably, they did not finish editing themselves.
I do this on creative projects all the time. For me, the joy of the project is in the actual creation. When I'm working on a record with my band, I love making the recording. I love setting up the work flow, tracking what has happened and what needs to happen. When I'm writing, I like to write new ideas. I like to have a blank piece of paper in front of me, and fill it with new content. I hate, loathe, despise, detest, and dislike editing. It's the worst. There's no creativity in it for me, it's just cleaning up what's already done. And my brain moves on to the next idea faster than you can imagine. I don't want to go back to the old ideas again. I've already done that. Why would I do it again? This is just a momentary glimpse into the inner workings of my mind. Any longer of a stay and you'd be in trouble.
So today I resolved that I must finish book one before book two can see the light of day. I printed book one out (It has a title, but A) it might change and B) it's a surprise worth holding on to if it doesn't.) and am starting to go back over it again, to catch what needs cleaned up. I'm going to pass out digital copies to some friends soon for some of their thoughts. I'm hopeful that soon we can get it to the publishers, and see if we can put this sucker in your hands. All that's left to do is get across the finish line. This will take some focus. And some extra coffee...