Somewhere in the clouds above Baltimore, I remembered my first flight — remembered how 38 years ago I fell in love with take-off.
Every flight since, I’ve smiled as the aircraft picked up speed and its wheels left the pavement. Flight. Amazing flight.
Then, all those years later, I looked out my window and thought about the speed — the commitment — required to stay in flight. There’s no lengthy pause mid-air. No slowing down to look back over your shoulder.
If you’re flying, it works best if you’re fully committed to moving forward.
I think that may be the case with my writing, too.
The last few months I’ve been hovering around the ticket booth. I want my writing to grow, but it takes real, hard-earned cash to buy airline tickets and real, soul-deep work to craft something worthy to be read. And when I finally start? I second guess myself on the runway and in the air. I want a guarantee that the trip will be worth it.
If a pilot did that, we’d all get off the plane because we know that isn’t any way to fly.
So, let’s get serious about the writing, the mothering, the whatever-it-is-you-are-meant-to-do. Let’s fully commit. Let’s fly.
I read all of your thoughtful answers on my survey, and I’m working on some new things for you, dear readers. I don’t have hard dates for everything yet, but here is what you can expect:
- I’m starting a monthly newsletter that will come to your email inboxes. You’ll see special content there, like interviews with authors and practical tips on living out your faith.
- I’m creating devotionals, worksheets and decorative sayings that you can easily download and print.
- I’ll be hosting giveaways on a regular basis. For the next few weeks the giveaways will focus on stationery items since many of you enjoyed the series on sending more letters. After that, I’m hoping to offer book giveaways at the beginning of each month. We have avid readers in our community, and I’d love to share the newest books and hear what you think about them.
- I’m learning about podcasting. It may be later in the year before I’m ready to commit to that but it is something I’d like to try.
All of this will take time. I’ll need new routines, and I’ll stumble along the way. Thank you for grace and for all your kind words of encouragement. I pray I can offer that to you, too. I want this to be a place where we are all lifted higher, where we all fly.