I hate it when I really need to focus on something (like work) and am so mentally distracted by other things that are exciting or inspiring me (writing) that I can’t do anything else. For the past week and 1/2 my brain has been buzzing with ideas for a book I have been inspired to write. Why do I say inspired? It felt stronger than anything I’ve ever experienced before- I’ve had a torrent of ideas that I can barely contain. Whether I’m doing dishes, driving around doing errands, eating eggs, all I can think about is this book I want to write! Amazing that it is coming right when I’m about to start sabbatical and will have space to actually write! Here is the cover of the book- my friend and talented writer, Gracee inspired me with the idea to create a book cover for motivation.
Sorry this file is crazy huge! I was more concerned with drafting some chapters than getting the image cropped properly when I did a brain dump tonight. I still haven’t put my name on the cover I created because that feels like a whole nutha’ level of risk. I realized that after a week and 1/2 of scribbling notes in the car, drafting outlines on church bulletins and basically driving myself crazy with all these ideas and worrying that I wouldn’t remember them all- I just spewed them all out. And I think it helped me get over the hurdle of putting it on paper. I had been trying to push it out of my brain to focus, but if God is inspiring me to write a book the worst thing I could do is to try and stop thinking about it!
Funny enough, I have a meeting with an editor at a conference in a few weeks (a huge answer to prayer) that has nothing to do with this book! I’m pretty excited about this other book “women in witness” that I’m hoping to write about stories of women in scripture and history as well as include my own personal stories of sharing Jesus throughout the years. I’m leading a seminar at Urbana on this & Al Hsu– another talented writer and editor suggested that I pitch the idea for a book based on my seminar to the wigs of bigness at InterVarsity Press. Brilliant Al! Why didn’t I think of that!?
The thing I’m really excited about is that I’m starting a sabbatical (only 18 days to go!) in January to finish my degree through Wheaton Graduate School- and I’ll actually have space to write! Now I just need concentrate and do my actual work and hopefully be inspired as much as I’ve been to write. Just the last few hurdles of Urbana seminars, fund-raising, Christmas shopping/baking/traveling/wrapping and I’m ready to go.