Just saying that publicly is a bit of a step of faith, but I feel like I’m at a point where I can’t keep putting this off anymore. And maybe just saying it “out loud” is a step toward a new reality for me. Maybe it’s a way to help me build accountability into chasing my dreams. I don’t know.
I’ve received alot of encouragement from the people closest to me to pursue this avenue for quite some time. Too long probably. But for whatever reason (mostly fear) I’ve never taken seriously the possibility that maybe I should be writing for real. Blog posts are one thing. Essays another. But formulating a thesis, developing a thought and carrying it through for a couple hundred pages is a process that has always intimidated me.
But the reality is that there are no less than six to eight books floating around in my head at this very moment. Highly marketable books with edgy titles, full of sarcasm and witty observations about God and life. The kind of stuff I tend to pick up in bookstores. The stuff most of you enjoy reading as well.
But I’m not quite ready yet. I think I need to take some baby steps first…
Cheryl and I have been seriously tossing around the idea of self-publishing a book by the end of the year. I’ve got so many old sermons, essays and articles laying around that I’m thinking of publishing an anthology of sorts. I may put a new dress on a few of them, tear others down completely and rebuild them, as well as include some new material that I’ve been kicking around lately.
I have no idea what interest there would be if I did something like that. But I know that a few of the things that I’d include really are books that are just waiting to be written. I’m hoping this project will help water those seeds.
I have no idea why I’m sharing all this with you guys. Maybe I’m hoping that if I let the cat out of the bag a little bit it will make me want to take the next step or two on this project. That or I’ll be eating alot of crow in the months to come!