The last few lines of the movie The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe are among my favorites:
Professor Kirke: I don't think you'll get back in that way. You see...I've already tried.
Lucy: Will we ever go back?
Professor Kirke: Oh, I expect so. But it'll probably happen when you're not looking for it. All the same...best to keep your eyes open.
Today I was thinking of this quote when it comes to the writing life. As a Christian I believe any artistic abilities we have are given from God. He chooses when to give the inspiration...He chooses the timing. He chooses the medium in which our writing or other gifts will be shared.
Tomorrow I will be gathering with two other ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) members in the upstate New York region. This gathering was planned several months ago. I will be coming to this meeting empty handed in terms of a manuscript. I joined Novel Track somehow believing I would be able to manufacture the time in July to write at least 10,000 words. Not a very large goal. But after a few nights of late-night writing and early waking I gave it up.
There are many of us hoping for publication, yet the Lord opened my eyes to the medium I have before me. Only on the internet can I share what's on my heart and have others read it only minutes later. Our story is unfolding day-by-day, minute-by-minute and only we can share this story. In this busy season, I believe God has given me blogging as a gift, so I can continue to write in small bursts.
I'm not planning to completely give up my novel. I'm convinced that God has a plan for this story...in His time.
Meanwhile, God has blessed me to share in a new place as a reviewer, The Suspense Zone. I'm finding that there is so much variety in the suspense genre and I'm enjoying the opportunity to explore this genre. If you have favorite reads in the Christian suspense genre, I would love to hear them.