Hello everyone. I’m interrupting the “Top Ten Reasons . . .” series for an announcement & a request.
It’s been 4 years since I received my master’s degree, initiated this blog and began the writing of Sex-ed Homestyle, my resource book for parents. While I’d hoped to have the book completed and published 2 years ago, “life” got in the way, necessitating my having to work two jobs with wildly irregular hours. It has become clear that I cannot write a credible text in random moments spaced months apart. Additionally, the publishing industry has undergone sweeping changes, and much has happened in society over the past few years that has rendered some of my research out-of-date.
Therefore my husband & I have concluded that authorship of the book must become my “primary job” for a while. After much thought, prayer and “number-crunching” we decided to have me take a yearlong modified sabbatical from the more time-consuming of my two jobs. I will be substantially cutting back my teaching obligations, which will enable me to devote consistent time to research & writing.
This is a big leap of faith for us as it involves a significant reduction of household income and raises several personal insecurities for me. Thus I am asking the following of you, my faithful readers:
Please PRAY . . .
–that I will maintain the discipline of writing 4+ hours a day, 4+ days a week until the project is finished.
–that I will stay organized and focused rather than scattered, distracted, sloppy or overwhelmed
–that I won’t be discouraged by writer’s block, self-doubt or hostile external criticism
–that I will graciously accept critique & suggestions from my proofreaders and “accountability partners”
–that I will express God’s truth, biblical principles and practical steps with winsome clarity to serve as many families as possible
–that I’ll keep trusting God for the path to publication no matter what the cost
Along the way I’ve been blessed with inspiring thoughts about writing from well-known authors such as Winston Churchill, featured in a 2012 post here:
And economist Dr. Thomas Sowell helped me see that good writing takes time:
Having written two textbooks on introductory economics — one full of graphs and equations, and the other with neither — I know from experience that the second way is a lot harder to write, and is more time-consuming. The first book was written in a year; the second took a decade. The first book quickly went out of print. The second book (“Basic Economics”) has gone through 4 editions and has been translated into 6 foreign languages.
Both books taught the same principles, but obviously one approach did so more successfully than the other. (Sowell 2012, underlining mine)
I have 6 more years to go before I’ve invested a decade in my first book. . . hopefully it won’t take that long. The Lord has called me to this opus, and He will surely provide what I need. My sabbatical officially starts today, July 1st . . . and the writing begins in earnest, at last.