As cover artist Kirk DouPonce and I bat around ideas for cover art for The Glass Bridge (Bell Mountain Series No. 7), flashes of The Temple (No. 8) are coming to me almost too fast to be written down.
I tried to explain it to my editor: “It’s like a model kit. God gives me the pieces, and I have to put them together. With a model battleship you get pieces that are obviously big guns and little guns, and other pieces that are not so obvious. The trick is to put them all together.”
When I was a little boy, you could see a big difference between a model put together by me and one assembled by my father. I followed all the instructions, but my Tyrannosaurus skeleton still wound up looking like something that got all messed up while being teleported to the Enterprise. But by the time I was 15, I could do a model with the best of ’em. All it took was growth–and lots of practice.
So now I have a lot of pieces of a story, but not all of them, and I have to fit them all together just right. Unlike the picture on the box of a Ford Falcon kit, I don’t get to see what the finished product looks like until I have a finished product.
God doesn’t give me the pieces of the story in the order in which it’s to be written and read. He has left me the fun–and it is a very satisfying pastime–of figuring that out by myself. But He does give me each and every necessary piece.
I wonder what it’ll look like when it’s done.