I'm ready to share my Pinterest Board for Book Three! I'm a very visual writer. I sit here, staring into space, watching my scenes play out until I'm ready to write them or clean them up. It's really fun for me to go through Pinterest and search for images that make me shout: YAY! See? I'm not crazy! That's totally it!
Plus it will give you a little peek into what's coming for Nani, Tai, and their friends.
Also, I want to try and get a quick author update up here every month. Either goals or something I'm struggling with. In truth, this is because writing books is super, but, dang, it is hard work! I figure it will both encourage others, and myself, because I will be able to look back and see how I've grown.
Goals for September:
For those of you wondering if I am working on the third Milana Legend or not, I have an update for you. Having finished the second draft, I took the summer off to play in the sand and refill my creative side. I printed the entire thing out and stuffed it in a snack cabinet (which you may remember, from my summer confession).
And now I'm back at it, working on my Scribble & Slash draft.
(This is probably waaaaayyy too much info, but for those of you curious about the writing/editing process, read on)
So this summer I focused my sketches on fairies. I had a really great time, because my daughters are too small to enjoy Milana (yet), but they are big on fairies.
To be totally transparent, I'm not really sure if people will be interested in a Bible journal that has fairies. I have a feeling that it's going to get one of two responses:
The thing is, I am a fantasy writer. I am a fantasy reader. I have written proof that there has been at least one other believer on this planet who was able to put centaurs, unicorns, fauns, and dryads under their Creator and enjoy them for the fantastic imaginings they are (his name was Jack. He wrote these great little books you might want to check out).
The other thing is this: I don't write (or draw) for everyone. I do it for my King. His children are all so very, very different. So when I'm creating, I am trying to use my talents for my kin. Not just my little tribe running around our home, but my other kin (like you). Others who long for a Kingdom that is bigger than what we can see right now.
It's a very freeing thing, this not trying to please everyone. You should try it.
So. At the start of the summer I came to the realization that I only have so much creative juice to work with in a single day. ...
I had just finished the latest draft of the third Milana Legend, and I was exhausted. So I actually did the thing I'm always encouraging young writers to do: I printed out the whole thing and stuffed it in the snack cabinet (cause I'm weird like that). Then I flipped the calendar to September 1 and scribbled, Go back to Milana.
Then I took a vacation.
I sketched and painted and played in the sand to my heart's content, and chose not to feel guilty about it. I worked on something entirely different (Faith & Fairies), much to the delight of my daughters who are too young to read Milana yet. I have scratched out notes about some family Bible studies that I want to create someday. I have been playing with making Milana Legends swag (which is fun stuff, like shirts and mugs from the Sandy Turtle Tavern).
So there. I confess I haven't worked on that next draft at all. But before, the part of my brain that edits was running on empty. Now it's bubbling over again, and I find myself eager for September.
And I just want to encourage you, dear reader: if you have some creative thing that you love, but you find yourself needing a recharge, take heart! Find the oddest cabinet, shove it in, and give yourself permission to take a rest. You'll be glad you did.
After all, even God took a break from His creating, right?