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Interlude… What I’ve been doing

Obviously I have not been blogging for the last several weeks. That is not because I am uninterested in keeping in touch with all of you beautiful people. Really, it’s not. And yes, I think you’re all beautiful.

I haven’t been here blogging because I’ve been somewhat … unfocused … on my writing project. And horribly busy in other realms.

The writing project, AKA my Work in Progress (WIP for all you writerly types who already know what that means), has changed completely. This is partly because I don’t know what to do with my YA project, and partly because, due to the ongoing changes in the publishing environment (Locke method being a key factor, but honestly probably more of a symptom of the changing environment than the actual agent of said change) I need to write something that I think will lend itself to being self-published in the e-book environment. So, temporarily, my YA project is going back on the back burner and I am trying to gear up to write a series of loosely connected works of fiction. I thought these would come later – it was always a project I had in mind. But I think it’s going to be better to start there and work towards other things rather that starting with the other things and working towards this series.

For those interested in the genre and/or tone of my new project, I plan for it to be Christian fiction. You could probably call it Contemporary, it is certainly set in the current day. It will be about “real” people – those who are mostly like you and me. It will not have Christian “Barbie & Ken dolls” … the kind of characters that nobody in real life can ever measure up to. They will be everyday people from all walks of life: some will be believers; some will be running from God; some will be outright skeptics. And the key, unifying factor in each of these books will be that there is a real God. A God who is active. A God who interacts with His creation. (That would be us.)

I am a little bit afraid of this project. It has a huge potential for being boring, pedantic, trite, and ridiculous. I intend to make every effort to steer myself away from any foregone conclusions about what will happen, how God will interact with my characters, and what the final outcomes will be. I don’t think I can reasonably write every book to have a happy ending … if I did they would be basically just like all the other Christian books I’ve read and that’s exactly what I’m trying to avoid. HOWEVER, not having a happy ending doesn’t mean that everyone is going to end up miserable either. Not getting what you think you want doesn’t mean you have to be left without hope.

Anyway, that’s a little bit about what I think I’m going to be doing.

The reason I haven’t been doing it yet? I’ve been busy helping to spread a little hope in my own corner of the world. In the last month I’ve helped teach at two seminars about Sozo Ministry. Sozo is a Greek word that means saved, healed and delivered. Sozo Ministry was developed at Bethel Church in Redding, California and is focused on revealing the lies people have lived with, replacing those lies with the truth, and connecting in a personal way with the God who is truth. Think of it as a personal prayer ministry on steroids. It’s cool stuff, but it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. If you want to know more, check out the Sozo website.

So that’s what I’ve been up to, at least in a general sense. Here’s hoping that I’ll have more time in the coming weeks to really focus on moving forward with my writing project. Here’s hoping I figure out what it takes to get and stay organized and put the random pieces of my life (and writing) into some semblance of order.

 


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3 Responses to “Interlude… What I’ve been doing”

  1. WLabrador says:

    I admire your bravery with taking on/altering your path!
    While my wip is not nearly finished, I don’t think I could change gears yet. I hope I find the same inspiration you did to start a new project.

    William

  2. Amy says:

    Thanks William. I have to admit – it doesn’t really “feel” brave. It actually feels kind of stupid because it means walking away from 25k words that I already have written and that I like. But I think it’s the right thing to do right now, so here I go.

    What is it people say? Do it afraid? Yeah. That’s me right now.

  3. EliseInAZ says:

    It seems like Holly has caused a lot of us to alter course with her change in direction. I don’t know about you, but switching from a brand new fantasy that I was going to develop for the walkthrough to my Christian mystery series has confused my muse a bit.

    I’m in the opposite situation. I had nothing for the fantasy. I have a completed draft (minus some scenes that I figured out I need to add after I finished it) of the Christian mystery. I have a whole lot more of “me” invested in the mystery. I always intended that this book would be the one I submitted to agents. It’s the one I can see being published as the first book in a series. That makes the stakes much higher than a throwaway fantasy. So, yeah, I’m right there with you on the fear part.

    At least we’re not alone.

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