It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog. Scratch that. It’s been a long, long, long time since my last blog. In fact, it’s been years. The natural questions to ask are, “Why has it been so long? Did you give up on writing? Have you been sick? Were you stuck in a grass hut somewhere on the mission field where you didn’t have internet access? Don’t you understand how imperative it is for an author to communicate regularly using blogs, e-mails, tweets, skypes and snapchats?”
Frankly, my eyes glaze over when I consider all the ways I am supposed to be communicating. After all, when I was in high school a hand held calculator was called a slide rule. With that background in mind, it’s easier to understand why moving my way around technology is, and probably always will be, a work in progress. It’s lucky for me I was able to transfer the typing skills I learned in aforementioned high school to the computer. Otherwise, I would be entering the world of fiction with a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook. But I digress…I still haven’t answered the question of why my blog has fallen into a black hole. Here are my excuses, er, explanations:
I’d rather write stories than blogs. There, I said it. It was a cathartic experience and one that I believe reflects the heart of many writers. The only problem with this excuse/explanation is that it is as foolish as it is truthful.
Since posting my last blog my wife and I have been on a crusade to lower our living costs down to a bare minimum, win the battle against debt and live a much healthier lifestyle. In the last two years we have made a laundry list of changes – We sold our home and now live in a travel trailer we purchased with cash; We moved from the city we were living in to a smaller town; We changed our jobs to ones that give us more free time for writing and publishing; And most recently, we changed our carnivore diet to one that is almost exclusively plant based, whole foods. (Note to reader: BEWARE OF THIS LIFESTYLE CHANGE, you will lose weight quickly and feel much better. A new wardrobe may be necessary.)
My father was a retired Air Force officer. I can vividly recall from my childhood when my brother and I had committed a breach of protocol he would stand us at attention. We would be grilled with questions related to WHY we had not come home on time, or WHY I had shot a squirrel in the backyard with my trusty single shot .22 rifle, or WHY we had committed some other offense I obviously considered trivial. The only responses permitted were “Yes, Sir,” “No Sir” and “NO EXCUSE, SIR.” It was usually best to use the latter.
As I meditate on the reasons why I haven’t written a blog in such a long time, my thoughts keep returning to my father and the wisdom wrapped in those three words. There may be excuses I can come up with, but I’ll be much better served by shouting out, “NO EXCUSE, SIR” and sitting down for an hour or two and composing. After all, the BUSINESS of writing is just that, a BUSINESS. I must now treat it like one that may well serve us the rest of our lives. We want to be prepared to follow the Lord into whatever He has for us. To help us meet that goal, my wife and I have joined an organization dedicated to helping authors and publishers, the American Christian Fiction Writers. We are looking forward to the annual ACFW conference in September. If any of you reading are ACFW members, I look forward to meeting you and ‘picking your brain’ about this business of being an author.