My nonfiction parenting-of-sorts book has had many name changes in the past year. I have a few chapters written, and I think that I’ve just become satisfied with the direction of the book. So many great parenting books exist out there. I don’t need to write one. However, what does compel me is to write about for parents, about their own journey in becoming….
In my original blog, first called Before The Beginning, then renamed Ages and Stages, and in a few months sent to the deleted blog abyss, I wrote: The response to my blog series, Ages and Stages, as well as the urging of several employees at my husband’s job, has convinced me to go ahead and begin the journey of writing Ages and Stages: The Book.
What a horrible title. So this future book will stay unnamed until I’ve put more ink on paper. While I will share the nuggets featured in the page: My “Unedited” Journal, the genre of this book will probably fall more into a self-help or wellness category, rather than a parenting category.
Here is my journal entry from 2015:
January 2, 2015
Well, I’m finally here. Deciding to risk time, energy, emotion and who knows how many other things in order to write a book that I’m a bit timid about writing right now.
Child-rearing is fruitful although most parents find that the ripening takes years to happen. Personal growth on the other hand, produces fruit as long as a person remains open to the necessary pruning and grafting that life in God brings.
Writing this book will highlight my pruning and grafting as a parent. Oh dear.
So at this point, I’ve decided to let this adventure be personal, albeit somewhat difficult and quite thought-provoking. I’m not going to write a book about child-rearing per se. I’ll leave this somewhat controversial subject for the so-called experts.
This book won’t unveil family secrets or embarrass any member of my family.No, this book will be a type of soliloquy for me, highlighting how being a parent has changed me, grown me and given me life without becoming my identity.
PROJECT #2 – Series in Progress
Readers of my first book, Abba’s Lament, a speculative fiction account of the biblical advent of sin and evil, know that I love aspects of science fiction. As a young adult I read a little bit of Arthur Clarke, but then got bitten by the Robert Ludlum-Frederick Forsythe bug. However, as a fiction writer I find myself drawn to the setting of space, its mystery and its wooing of the imagination.
I’m working on an outline for an older juvenile/young adult series whose theme is “belonging”. The main characters are abandoned children and the setting is a universe with many planets and many suns. Lovers of Christian allegory will find reference to a benevolent creator of all worlds and all beings, including Earth and humans, as well as beings that maneuver situations to bring about the ultimate good for the main characters.
“Oh Maggie, oh Maggie? Where are you going?”