Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Something from Nothing

Thanks for putting up with my snarkiness this past week or so. Praise the Lord, the sun shone bright and brilliant for the last few days and I'm a new person. I had no idea I was so affected by the weather... Maybe I do need to move south. Possibly Tahiti? ;)

Anyway, I have lots of news and updates, some changes in both my personal life and my writing life, but they'll have to wait just a bit. Exciting stuff, all of it, and as soon as I can spill the beans you'll be the first to know. In the meantime, I'm writing a new book. No, not the airplane one (you can read about that idea here). This is a totally new and unexpected idea. I think you're going to like it.

But as I sit before a blank sheet of paper, new pen gripped firmly in hand, I'm astounded once again at the act of creating something out of nothing. I have ideas of course (in fact, I have pretty much the entire story straight in my head), but breathing life into all these abstracts is an overwhelming endeavor. Exciting, but intimidating. Thrilling, but terrifying.

It's not just a matter of getting the characters right. Or the setting, or the plot. It's not about having a great hook or meaningful symbolism woven throughout. It's about the things you can't quantify--the cadence of the words, the sweep of the story, the unique tenor that only my voice can pitch properly. I was called to write this story, and while I'm honored beyond description, I'm equally as humbled.

We all have opportunities to create. As friends, mothers, teachers, students... fill in the blank. Part of the process of being human is being plugged into the creative energy of our God. But do we really create something from nothing? I don't think so. Only God spoke stars and mountains and people into being when before the awesome sound of his voice there was nothing.

I can't tell you how comforting that is to me. As I sit before my blank legal pads (six of them, I've found that's what it takes for me to write a book) I rest in the realization that I'm just a part of the fabric. This story is universal in some small way, it has already happened and it will happen again and again... Woven with pain and brokenness and, always, amazing grace. How cool is that? My creation is a way of adding my voice to a song already playing in round. Oh, I'm so so grateful to be a part of it.

Sing on, friends.


  1. I don't know if you said anything about it in your past blofs but I was wondering if you are planning on writing another book after Summer Snow? I feel like it could be done but it would be so awesome if there was another additon to it. I hate when books end =(

    Have a great day!

  2. I'm so glad you liked my Julia books! How would you have her story end? I love asking my readers that... Should she be happy as a single mom? Should Janice come back? Should Julia find love and marry? I don't mean to be coy, but stay tuned: I'll be writing more about my future plans in the next week or two. In the meantime, have you read The Moment Between??? ;)

    Hope you have a lovely week!

  3. No I have no, I just got your books yesterday from the library and fineshed them both in one night..I loved them! I will definetly check out The Moment Between.
    As far as Julia goes, I want to know what happends to her mother, if anything happends with her and Michael and just what is the next chapter in her life. I think Julia should find love and marry, but I dont think it should be all happy fairy tail, I think it should have its bumps.

    I really hope you continue her story!!

    I saw that you went to breckenridge in July, That's where I live! Isn't it gorgeous!

    Enjoy your day!