The thrill of a new artist, NaNoWriMo, and catching up…

As I set my fingers to my keys here, I do so with a well of guilt bubbling in the pit of my stomach. How could I have so neglected this little pet project, our little writing center here? How could I have so broken faith with our readers? How could I… Okay, okay, don’t overdramatize, Brandon. I have been meaning for so long to get back to sharing my thoughts on writing and its relation to the Christian life. I have been noticing that Jon still manages to post… occasionally. I have been trying to keep up with my writing in general. And I have been trying really, really hard to avoid looking at the date of my last post because it makes me feel bad.

True confessions.

So it’s time to start catching up a little. I have almost half a dozen half started half posts in my dashboard here, just have to go back and clean them up a little. I think they’re good thoughts to share, so I’ll finish them and get them up as I can. Just be aware that some of them really go back to as much as a few months ago, so they might not be the most up-to-date thoughts. But I still think they’re good! And I hope you will too.

In the meantime, I would like to share a little about an artist I recently discovered. You know how there is that thrill when you find an artist and it’s, “Oh, wow! His music is awesome! Totally speaks to me!” and then you look him (or her, if that’s your thing) up on Spotify and you’re like, “Whoah! He has half a dozen albums! Hours of music!” and then you discover that he’s also a published fantasy novelist…

Wait, that last part isn’t usually part of the human experience, is it? Well, boom! It totally is with Andrew Peterson. How do you like them apples? Andrew Peterson is a Christian musician who happens to be good friends and a regular touring partner with Bebo Norman, whose music I just adore. But he is also the author of the Wingfeather Saga, a fantasy series full of whimsy and good clean fun. The series was recommended to me by a good friend, and when I got to see Peterson playing with Bebo Norman and Sara Groves in concert recently, I connected that the two guys are one and the same.

I’ve become especially enamored of a song he wrote for one of his sons, called “You’ll Find Your Way”. Take a listen:

As a father of two little boys – and having adventure in my own heart – this song really calls to me. Another true confession: I might have listened to it half a hundred times already in the last couple weeks. He also has a bunch of other songs I can’t get out of my head. I’m right in the middle of another novel right now, so picking up Wingfeather hasn’t happened yet, but I have this hope that when I do I’m going to love it too.

Recently Jon has mentioned that he’s wrestling with whether or not to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. About a week ago I made up my mind that I’m going to. I decided that for the month of November I’m going to forego any time wasters (like video games and little silly phone games, etc.) and focus on a novel. I’m also going to start a new project, just because starting fresh will probably get me more traction during November than just continuing to slog away at the novel I’ve been writing since last spring. That one is progressing, but slower than I want, and I need a break from it. This November’s project is going to be in the Junior/YA realm, it’s going to be fun, and I’ve already started outlining. I’m quite excited.

I’m looking forward to getting caught up here. I hope you’re looking forward to reading some more content on this blog. Are you going to write a novel this coming month? Got an idea that you’d like to share? Want to get some critiques and sharpenings! Please share!

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3 thoughts on “The thrill of a new artist, NaNoWriMo, and catching up…

  1. Occasionally? Come on, weekly is more than occasionally!

    Although I’ll be looking forward to your posts… if I actually do NaNoWriMo, I won’t be able to post here weekly, I’m thinkin’!

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