Some of you will have already noticed I’m back from the eye doctor. I was there all morning, and the only excitement was when the lady at the desk read from the wrong piece of paper and announced a cost about eight times higher than it should have been. Other than that, no change. Except to confirm that my new glasses work really well.
Here, today, readership is low and I had to hustle to crank out a Newswithviews column. We still have a shot at 7,000 views for May, if the pace picks up a bit. And I hope everybody noticed The Silver Trumpet is at last on sale.
What I really want to do now is everything I can to boost readership of Chalcedon’s new/improved website, http://www.chalcedon.edu .That’s why I’ve been posting articles from that source. It’ll help us a lot if readers share those Chalcedon articles on the social media. To say nothing of enhancing my job security.
Anyway, if you like these posts, please take a couple of minutes to share them on whatever social media you use.
As Jackie Gleason used to say, “And away we go!”
I’m still waiting for The Silver Trumpet to be published; but meanwhile, today I’ve started writing the first chapter of a new book. Thank you, Lord, for giving me the go-ahead!
This will be Book No. 12 in my Bell Mountain series: Silver Trumpet’s No. 10, with The Temptation waiting in the wings as No. 11. Do I know what No. 12 will be about? Nah! I never know. In fact, I don’t even have a title for it yet–although the one that keeps popping into my head is His Mercy Endureth Forever, the anthem of King Ryons’ army when it’s on the march. Looking at some of the story threads that must be picked up from The Temptation, there’s going to be a pressing need for mercy.
Anyway, I’m off to the races. I don’t know where this horse is going to take me, but I expect a wild ride.
The Ice Age Cave Hyena–bigger, meaner, and just watch out…
I’m still waiting for the Lord to give me the spark that gets my next Bell Mountain book started. Sometimes it’s a dream: that’s where Gurun, the Queen of Obann, came from, and the great beast that scattered the Heathen army from the city walls. Or it might be a title, a particular scene, or an intriguing new character.
I don’t have any of those things yet, the weather has finally decided to turn the page to Spring, and I’m eager to get started. But I can’t begin until God gives me the go-ahead; and I’m also still waiting for Book No. 10, The Silver Trumpet, to be published.
Meanwhile, based on certain events described in No. 11, The Temptation, I’m pretty sure I’m going to need giant Cave Hyenas from the Ice Age. These were awesome beasts. They preyed on rhinoceroses (!) and baby mammoths: scientists deduce this from the bones which the hyenas strewed about their lairs. Can I ask the Lord to give me a vivid dream of Cave Hyenas?
Sometimes waiting for the book is harder than writing it.
Still waiting for The Silver Trumpet to be published, I’m also waiting for the spark of an idea that will start me on my next book. I can’t do anything until God gives me that. And anyway, it’s been too cold for me to sit outside and write.
Between the two projects is The Temptation, Book No. 11 in the Bell Mountain series, all written but still being edited. I purposely left some loose ends in The Temptation to be taken up in the next book–an invasion by a particularly fierce and unpleasant nation from the south, and a project by Lord Orth that could easily get him killed–but I have yet to be given that spark, that scene, that title, or that new character that’ll get the ball rolling.
It’s hard to wait. Once I have a book started, it’ll soothe me, it’ll occupy my mind, and it’s the work that I love best. But there’s no alternative: I just have to wait until the Lord says “Go.” I’ve relied on Him this far: no stopping now.