“Semicolons? All they do is show that you’ve been to college.” –Kurt Vonnegut
I’m pretty psyched about this month. October’s calendar is filled with aims, goals and quotas–and I’ve always worked best with deadlines, whether real or self-imposed. Here’s an around-the-horn update for those of you praying and encouraging me along the way.
I’ll be in the Literary Kitchen with Ariel Gore and a dozen or so other talented and inspired writers. I’m scheduled to start an eight-week workshop with my favorite author and literary coach next week. I am so excited about this! Prayer and coffee–that’s what you can offer to help me through this eight week course.
Chock full ‘o BUTS: Big Buts of the Bible: A Revealing Look at Jesus Christ continues to be a best-selling eBook. The print version is moving, slow but steadily increasing. Another couple of large churches have picked it up for small group use, and with each of those, sales in their local areas pick up. It’s thrilling for me that it’s being appreciated. The manuscript Big Buts of the Bible: Insights from Hindsight is nearly complete. I’m hoping for an early 2014 finish line. Big Buts the Podcast debuted on iTunes October 2nd. You’ll have to tune in. I’ll have links and possibly a player on this site within a few days. I have no idea where this will go, but it is fun to produce. And if you’re not following @Big_Buts on Twitter, why not? The interaction and response across the twit-o-sphere is amazing.
Fiction: The manuscript Chronicles of War is done. It’s in the ‘what’s next?’ drawer. The podcast continues to be downloaded–now up over 12,000 times–and I haven’t updated that with a new episode since 2011. So one possibility is to produce some more podcast episodes. I pretty regularly get email from people asking when the next episode is coming. “Uh, soon?” (One of the aforementioned October aims.) Ghost Dance is still in its infancy. Research has been much more involved than I anticipated, but what an experience it has been. I’m about as immersed in Lakota history as one can be.
Sometimes When You Work for the Lord… is a new project I am excited to share with you. It’s been on my mind for quite some time to compile this collection of silly, ridiculous and sometimes even absurd experiences over twenty-plus years of ministry. I tell a lot of stories in church during sermons. These, however, are stories that can’t be told in church! Oh my! I think this may be the project I tackle during the writing course with Ariel’s group, or at least the first project I’ll tackle with that fresh, post-class enthusiasm.
And of course, the website/blog… I went back to blogging, as you’ve noticed. I’m pretty psyched about that, too. It’s been too long. I’ve missed the outlet. This blog is different from the old one. It’s my writing life and community for my writing friends. But I am starting over. Gone are the days of hundreds of unique site visitors a day, links all over the internet and Technorati fame. 35 uniques a day for my first week back. And I’ve never been more thankful for each and every one! That includes YOU. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.