Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Father's reflections

I haven't posted for over twelve days, because I had to go away from home for a time and when I got back the computer had malfunctioned. I called the computer some names I won't repeat here, and now I'm using a borrowed one. I still can't access my e-mail. I'll get to that as soon as possible. For now, I'm interested to see more comments and reviews on Christian fiction. I must confess to a certain jealousy here. If only mine could get the attention some others are! But God must have his reasons for "Outcasts of Skagaray" not being a widely known item at the moment. Perhaps it will have its time later. I know it was written for a reason. As any author knows, including Christian authors, writing is a hard way to go. You have to battle away to get the book written, then find a publisher, or self-publish if you can't find one but believe in what you have written. Then you have to try and draw attention to the bookm - do your own marketing unless you have a slick publicity machine to help you. It can get frustrating and depressing, but I tell myself the best and most important things in life are never easy. If this is part of my mission in life, my way of glorifying God and contributing to the world, the evil one is going to put any obstacle possible in the way. I won't give the "evil one" capital letters as a way of showing that I will not show it the respect that I show to my Saviour Jesus. And to all those Christian authors out there struggling on, I wish you well and know that if God called you to do what you are doing, He will bless it. That is what I need to remember about myself also. In fact perhaps writing that, and keeping it in mind myself, is one of the benefits of writing a blog. I can think of one other group I belong to, as well: fathers of temperamental daughters! I longed to have a daughter as well as sons, and we have one. I would not send her back, either, but it takes it out of me seeing the travails she goes through trying to find her path in life and seek her own pilgrimage in the Lord. I pray sometimes for the children of other Christians, and it's a huge comfort to know that we have the Holy Spirit to call out to to guide us and our children. But there are some tough times and situations to work through, all the same. Still, the experience of these things and the way they develop us comes out in our writing.


WonderGirl said...

Hi, thanks for the comment on my blog. I will look for your book in our local Christian bookstore! Good luck with your literary pursuits, and I'll give you some feedback if you'd like once I'm done! I do a little creative writing myself, and know what a labor of love it is. Thank you for putting yourself out there! God bless!

PS- You might consider allowing non-Blogger users to comment on your blog- you might increase feedback if people can leave their own urls. ;)

Seven_Shades_of_Red said...

I have not heard of your book, but am interested in finding out what it is about. I am also a writer and poet but I confess I don't blog much about it (as you could see from visiting my blog yesterday).

It would be very nice to find a blog who specifically reviews Christian Fiction. I'm up for the task! I read every single day and all I read is Christian Fiction. Since having 2 children I don't get as much read in one sitting as I used to but I read as much as I can.

I saw you were/are a professor. That is wonderful! Thank you for your dedication to education. I took Honors English courses every single year in Highschool and loved it.