I was surprised, honored, and humbled by Stones for Bread's Christy Award win for Contemporary Fiction last Monday. It made me deeply consider how to give back to the writing community and the readers who made the award possible.
So, this: I will write more in this journal.
There are prolific bloggers. I am not one of them. Partly because I hate redundancy; anything I have to say can be found elsewhere on the World Wide tangled Web. Partly because I'm in introvert and must be forced from my own head. Partly because never know what to write about. And then I can throw out all manner of excuses - too busy, young children, church plant, writing on a deadline - but in all honestly I tend to lack self-motivation for things I don't enjoy or find difficult. It may seem utterly ridiculous for an almost-five time published novelist to admit blogging is difficult for her. Yet it is.
Other than devotion to Christ and my family, I have three interests: homesteading, self-sufficiency, and sustainability; creating things by hand, both new and reclaimed; and writing. A fourth interest, at the center of all of this - finding ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus, particularly to the "least of these," by using the desires He put into me - binds it all together and is a recurring theme in my decisions and leading.
My intention is to post (at least) three times a week, once about suburban homesteading and my meager pursuits at it, once about the handmade items I'm working on, and once about novel craft. Perhaps someone will find these posts of use. But I'm doing it more as an exercise in self-discipline. I am not, however, brave enough to offer a more concrete schedule of posts and corresponding days of the week. Oh, no. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.