Sunday, November 9, 2014

Still feels like I am taking it easy

Oh, dear, it looks like I didn’t write anything here on Wednesday. Once again, I have no idea where the week went. I whittled away on a few goals, but I still think I need to focus on getting my focus back. Or not. Maybe I will just keep taking it easy.

Big goal
1)      Publish “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days” On Thursday I got the first round of edits back from my editor and proof-reader. So I worked on that most of the day and night on Friday and sent it back at ten o’clock Friday night. Yes, it could have waited and I could have re-read it one more time and sent it on Monday morning. But I just wanted to get it back to my publisher. The more I read it, the more I started losing my mind. Yesterday, I emailed my revised biography. So now it is all back in my publisher’s court and I just have to wait for my next task.  I have huge doubts that this book will be out in print by Christmas, but all I can do is keep getting my stuff done as efficiently as I can and stop looking at the calendar.

Small goals
1) Submit three pieces somewhere. Haven’t submitted anything in a while, but I did do some market research on Saturday. The way the markets are, you are better off finding a potential market first and writing something specific to their requirements, instead of writing a piece that is going to sit because you cannot find a market for it.  
2) Finish the novel. I did indeed work on the novel, finished chapter 35 and wrote 800 words on chapter 36. In the past I lamented that I thought it would end around 30 chapters and not make the recommended 40 chapter mark. It does not look like that will be a problem anymore.
3) Start my third devotional, with a tentative title of "The Early Ministry of Jesus in 40 Days".  I have most of the Bible verses outlined already so I did take a look at it once this week. Nothing came to me, so I put it away. I know that God is going to have to help me with it, so there is no use working on it if I don’t feel Him hanging out.  
4) Christmas program at church. Didn’t do a thing. 

I did spend most of Saturday afternoon with my daughter working on her nonprofit. It has been a while since we have worked on it, so it was a good thing to get back at it.
 I cannot wait to get back to Kenya to help out these kids. 


  1. Your "small goals" are everyone else's big ones. Good week!

    Those kids are cute. I can see why you want to get back.

    1. Thanks for the support, John. We hope to do lots of good stuff for these kids when we return to Kenya next year.

  2. Chris, I can barely write anything else when I am editing. It sounds to me like you got an amazing amount of work done -- and on writing that pulls at your heart AND mind, always challenging that mix of creativity and technical focus needed for editing. So I vote for being kind to yourself and cherishing what you have accomplished, knowing you will persevere on all your goals. Doesn't that snow slow you down? May in writing, there are times we need to slow down! Sending you a virtual hug. Beth

    1. Thanks for the continued support Beth. When it is snowing, I either want to sit and watch it or bake Christmas cookies! I guess the cookies are productive at least! Best wishes to you with all your goals as well. Chris

  3. Good luck with publishing "The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days." Hopefully you're able to meet your target of publishing before Christmas.

    I agree that it's easier to write a piece for a specific market instead of writing an article/essay and then trying to find the right market for it. I think you're on the right track there. Good luck with this and your other goals!