Good News, Bad News … and Just News

It’s been a mixed week in my writing world. No, I haven’t penned many new words on my WIP … but I’ll get to that in a second. Let’s bring you up to date.

The good news is my Christmas book for young and old — Yes, There Is a Santa … And I’ve Met Him Personally Many Times — has been accepted by my publisher, Higher Ground Books & Media. It is going through the editing channels as we speak, but the better news is we have chosen an illustrator for it!

This will be an entirely new experience for me. I don’t typically write at children level. I’m not sure why. After all, I’m more of a child myself than an adult.

But, anyway, after self “dumbing it down” and trimming it down — by about half — Rebecca has gone to work further matching the words to the audience. She connected me with one of her illustrators, Jasmine. Over the weekend we signed the agreement for approximately 29 pages of artwork including the cover for the 53 page book. We’re shooting for a Sept. 1 completion and an early November release — just in time for some Christmas reading.

I wrote the story last Christmas and read it live to my grandchildren. It is — in my mind — designed to be read by a parent/guardian or other reader with bright, bold illustrations to draw in the younguns but with an underlying message the narrator could appreciate.

I’ll keep you posted.

And now the bad news. It isn’t horribly bad news. In fact, it’s more of a speed bump.

I was well into the process of releasing My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through as an audiobook. We were hoping to launch it this month but … the coronavirus appeared. Andrea regretfully had to withdraw from the project. Some COVID-related issues flared up precluding her from completing the recordings. It’s too bad. Andrea had the perfect easy, soft, grandmotherly voice and cadence. I could envision in my mind Sam telling her life story. Thoughts, prayers, and thanks to Andrea as she heals.

So, it’s back to the drawing board. Higher Ground has re-posted the project so we can get someone else started on it right away.

And now for the rest of the story of my writing journey. Wisdom From a Father … one dads thoughts on life — Volume 2 is thisclose to being published. I am working on the cover and need just one copyright release before hitting the send button.

Volume 2 will follow the same format as the first. It is a collection of additional short stories, updated and taken from this blog. Each of the 52 “chapters” can be read at your own pace or broken into weekly, hopefully inspirational thoughts. Each chapter takes ordinary, everyday events and puts a reflective spin on it. I still envision a fall release.

And then there is the WIP. Sadly, as I stated before, not one new word has been added over the past few weeks. But that doesn’t mean I’ve neglected it. No, I’ve been spending time rewriting and editing and researching the just over 6,000 words already committed to paper. And I have added key scenes/words/paragraphs to my outline which I hope will be to my benefit when I actually block out the world and write.

I do have good reasons for procrastinating {okay, they are not good reasons, just excuses}. I was beta reading a book for a friend. I am currently reading a book for a review I promised. I’m tired.

That last one sounds strange, but it seems my “creativity” surfaces in the middle of the night. 2:30. 3:30. 5. A scene flashes across my sleepy consciousness. The words write themselves; I just need to transcribe them. The problem is it’s usually the middle of the night. 2:30. 3:30. 5. I could a) get up and write although I know from experience that would mean I wouldn’t go back to bed; OR b) jot the words down to be expanded at a later time and drift off back to sleep. I usually choose b.

The reason for that is twofold. First, it doesn’t take me too long to fall back asleep and, second, often, my “dream” either rewrites itself or adds new details. The trade off, however, is by early to mid afternoon — my preferred writing “time” — I’m more ready for a nap than time in front of the laptop.

Speaking of naps, this seems like a pretty good time.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Winston Churchill


About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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