Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back In Business Tomorrow

Wow, we must be having fun, because time has just flown since I posted that I'd be taking a blogging holiday until August 1.

Tomorrow we get started with my regular Friday post on writing, this time an interview with reviewer and supporter of Christian writing, Rel Mollett. I hope you'll come back for it.

It's my intention to continue (at least for a while) my schedule of posting something about the writing life each Friday, while my Tuesday posts will be whatever catches my attention for that day. If you'd like to see something different, here's your chance. Just leave a comment.

See you on Friday.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

"Between Engagements"

Ask an actor who's not currently under contract for a play or movie what they're doing, and they're likely to reply that they're "between engagements." I love that. They don't say they're out of work. They don't intimate that they're no longer an actor. Instead, they speak as though there's another acting job just around the corner, and they're waiting for it.

As the publishing world changes, some of my colleagues who've had books published by recognized publishers now are without a contract. The ready availability to self-publish a book has led many of them to seek this avenue of getting their work out. Others bide their time, continuing to wait for a contract with a traditional publisher. But if you were to ask any of them what they were currently doing, you wouldn't get an answer that they were no longer a writer. Rather, they're just "between engagements."

Because my next novel of medical suspense will be published by a different publisher, it's necessary to slot its release into a schedule that's locked into place a year or more in advance. That means it will be about a year between publication of novels for me. Before this contract, I had no idea about my next book, but I kept writing it. It wasn't that I was no longer a writer. I was just "between engagements."

What about you? Have you ever had no idea what or where your next job would be? What did you do? And how did you keep up your spirits? How did you manage to maintain the attitude that you were just "between engagements?"

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I'll be taking a blogging hiatus for the balance of the month of July. I'll see you back here in August.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

My Thoughts On July 4

Every morning for years Kay and I have offered prayers that include our nation and our world. At no time in our nation's history has this been more appropriate.

When I was commissioned in the United States Air Force, I took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. So far as I know, that oath is still valid, and I try to live up to it. It is my sincere hope that others will follow suit in the days to come.

As we celebrate the anniversary of our nation's declaration of its independence, seeking freedom for the inhabitants of this land, I hope the occasion will mean more to you than baseball games, swimming, and backyard cookouts. My prayer is simple and sincere: God bless America.

(I won't be blogging on July 4, but I hope you'll come back on July 7 when I discuss the concept of "between engagements.")