Sunday, August 21, 2005

Portrait

This is a portrait my daughter did of me when she was about 8 years old. She's now 20 and has just designed the cover for my next devotional book. Look for that in days to come.
Now it's late and I must to bed. :) M

Signing

Seems like I've been signing my life away lately. We just signed a reef of mortgage papers and then the contract for my next devotional book arrived. I just signed it and will mail it off tomorrow. It's a self-publishing deal, so I'll be sending money with it. Maybe some day I'll be signing a contract that will mean money coming back. Or maybe not. Money isn't the issue. I know I'll make back what I put into this book in much more than coin and paper.
My daughter designed the cover, and that's been a thrill. Knowing God intends to use the contents is even more so.
All to His glory.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Celebration Post

"... under the imaginary table that separates me from my readers, don't we secretly clasp each other's hands?" ~ Bruno Schulz

Interesting quote. I like the give and take imagery - that a reader is reaching out to me as I reach out to him/her. As a reader I can see myself doing that - hoping the writer will succeed in giving me a worthwhile read. I know he/she has succeeded when I forget there is a writer.

As a writer I want to do that - strive to do it - to connect to such an extent that the reader enters in and forgets about me while he/she engages in the story. If the reader has grasped my hand, at that point she'd forget she's hanging on.

I've read books in which the author was too intrusive - sometimes the language is just a bit too literary, or the voice of a character suddenly takes on a tone that isn't true. Those things throw me off and I'm likely to put the book down. But then there are other times when the authenticity is gripping and the story draws me along like the hexing flow of a fast-moving river.
I'd like to acheive that balance of fast pace and 'literary' writing - a fine edge to walk.

Some books I think acheived it -
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger; The Weeping Chamber by Sigmund Brouwer; Gilead by Marilyn Robinson; Bad Ground by Dale Cramer

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