10 days until the manuscript is due.
The house is a wreck, I have gained at least ten pounds in the past three months, and the tags are expired on my car.
But, Book 2 is almost done.
Well, the first official draft is almost done.
Then comes all the edits.
But that is neither here nor there at the moment.
At the moment it is all about just gettin ‘er done.
It’s been 4 years since I turned in a first draft.
4 years since I sent A Homemade Year into my editors.
3 years since it came out.
10 years since I started blogging.
So much has changed, so much is the same.
I didn’t think it would take this long to write book 2. I thought I would crank out another book lickety split.
But it didn’t happen that way for me.
I had a lot of life to live in-between, a lot of lessons to learn, a lot of ideas to explore.
Maybe this is how I process – slowly.
So here I am, attempting to distill them into some sort of story and order, doing my best to share what it looked like and felt like and meant for all of us when God interrupted our plan to Go and instead told us to Stay.
Told us to Dig In and Slow Down right where we were.
I am sifting, I am unraveling, best I can, that story, those lessons.
Lessons that remain, lessons I am still learning afresh as we practice Slowing Down and Digging In here at Preservation Acres.
And in the middle of it all – in the middle of the remembering and the doing now, life is still going on.
Lunches have to be made, gardens have to be planted, light fixtures have to be replaced, bills have to be paid, prayers said.
All the living that finds its way into all the writing.