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Trilogy Complete, Now? ? ?

Volume III is finally published and available. Now what? That’s the struggle in all of this for me. I did buy some Twitter advertising, praying that it at least pays for itself. In the meantime, the most difficult part of being an obedient Christian comes into play: What, in this case, does surrendering look like? When I think I should do something to promote/sell my books, is that me doing that or is God prompting me?

In the past when I’ve surrendered my job situation to God, let him have control, he’s blessed me. I don’t know why I’m feeling like I haven’t surrendered this career change to Him. I’ve spoken the words, prayed about it, and tried to let it go. Yet, I’m impatient for action. The more my wife works long hours at her job, the more impatient I get. Can I really just sit back and wait for God now? I have the faith to do that, but not the prompting. I have more book ideas in my head, friends interested in using me as a ghost writer or writing partner, and a great desire to do this for a living.

Maybe it is just a patience and timing thing. I guess it would help to not waste writing time I do have on frivolous pursuits (no, dating and otherwise spending time with my wife and family is not frivolous). Now that The Endaril Dragon: Vol III of the Lerilon Trilogy is done with editing, I should move on to my other ideas. I should finish The Enchanted Prince. There is a Christian Sci-Fi novel, or novel series, kicking around in my head.

Oh, but now back to my day job. Guess that writing will have wait. Frustrating. Please God, move this career forward . . .

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The Journey Begins

                This blog is to share my journey, in the hopes of encouraging others and to record what I go through for my own reference. I hope it encourages everybody who reads it and helps with their faith and their own hopes. Specifically, it will be documenting how I went from being an IT professional building networks and securing them, to a full time writer, which is my true passion.

                I began writing in high school as an escape from a dysfunctional family. My siblings were great but my parents were tearing each other apart, before and after they split up. Writing was an escape where I could make up worlds and live in them while I created adventures within. I was a faithless Catholic at the time, meaning I believed God existed but had no relationship or belief in his power to work in my life. He was a good but uninvolved father to me. It was during this period that I wrote my first book, by hand, on college ruled, three-hole punched paper. This first draft of Fate Rides Wicked took one hundred forty two hand written pages. I took it to college in a gray, soft-cover binder.

                In college I spent hours in the computer lab on Leading Edge IBM clones rewriting the book and expanding the lives of the characters in WordPerfect 4.x and 5.x. I still found escape in the writing, and the book grew close to what it is today, four hundred thirteen pages in a 6×9 paperback. In college I had fallen completely away from Catholicism, fluctuating between agnostic, atheist and Buddhist. I also possessed the firm belief that there was no way I could get published and make money as an author. All I heard was how lucky you have to be and how hard it is to even find a publisher to take it. So I resigned myself to writing as a hobby.

                On my twenty second birthday, as the result of a story for another day, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Eight months after being saved, I married my first wife in 1991. In the late 1990s I published Fate Rides Wicked: Vol I of the Lerilon Trilogy using the self-publishing site 1stBooks.com, which later became AuthorHouse.com. I continued to write and work on Volume II, still convinced this would just be by hobby and I would have to keep working a “day job” to pay the bills.

                I know I’m writing this as if I’m already writing as my career, but I’m not as of this blog. At this point this blog becomes about my faith journey that is kicking off my career change journey. I think the most important part of this history I’m going to record is in how I so strongly believe I will write for a living someday soon.

                As it is for most Christians, my relationship with Christ has been a growing one. What this means is that I have come to understand Him, His word and what He can do over time, through one experience after another. In the mid-1990s this meant dealing with the hurt of my teenage years and forgiving everyone I felt had hurt me. Learning to forgive began there and I’ve only become good at it over the last ten years. At that time, my lack of forgiveness manifested itself as bitter anger that caused me to lash out at people. There were valuable lessons there for me about the purpose and character of anger, but again, another blog.

                In 2001 I was ordained by a large Southern Baptist church in Fresno, while serving as head pastor at another SB church in town. I served that church for five years before moving back to my college town of Salem, Oregon. The entire time I worked in the IT field, as the small church I pastored couldn’t afford to pay me full time. In the end that small church hurt me deeply and my faith took a hit. I further fell away when the marriage ministry we moved to Salem to start never got traction and I had to return to technology work.

                After my first full time job, where I worked for two and a half years, I had thirteen jobs in twelve years. It was the height of the internet bubble building and technology professionals were in high demand. I jumped at the next higher paying job every time the recruiter called or I was even mildly unhappy where I was. It took all those changes to realize that salary was way less important in working than a good boss, a company culture I fit into, and job satisfaction.

                Yet, when I changed jobs on my own initiative, I ended up regretting where I landed, more often than not. Finally, in 2001 I fully surrendered my job situation to God. I let him have it. On the day I let go, He brought a young woman, a coworker, to me who asked me to share about my faith. The Sunday after she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, I was offered a job as the California Baptist Foundation that I would still be working today if I hadn’t forced my way into marriage ministry when God wasn’t in it. God demonstrated that when my first wife left me three years after moving up here and I became single again nine months later.

               

To be continued. If you’re curious about my writing, my books are available at my Amazon author website

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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End of the Year Promote Your Book Party!

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Hello to everyone! At the end of the year, I thought it would be a good time to share what you have been writing and what you have written. I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This includes poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Thank you for participating!

Keep on writing!

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October Promote Your Book Party!

Wonderful blogger promoting other writers!

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Hello to everyone! I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This includes poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Thank you for participating!

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The Risk of Expectations

Almost thirty years ago a pastor at my church at the time preached a sermon on expectations. His main point was that we set ourselves up for depression and disappointment by putting expectations on how things are going to turn out. We get excited and pumped up about possibilities, even when we pretend in our conversations with other people that we’re “chill” about it.

As much as I remember this sermon, and I tend to remember everything, the good and the bad, I fail to apply it. Every human does at some point.

The best reason for me disappearing from this blog is disappointment from high expectations. I purchased advertising along with some other marketing steps and the result of all of it: I sold one book. One. At this point I’m not sure whether to blame the amateur ad created by myself or the vehicle. I know there are professionals out there to do advertising.

My mistake was expecting God to turn my efforts into selling a few hundred books, maybe even over a thousand. Internally at least I got pumped for sales about to take off that never materialized. When it didn’t happen, I couldn’t write. I couldn’t do this blog, work on the other two novels, or produce short stories for Lerilon Stories. I let it break me for a bit.

The grieving period for my expectations being smashed is over. If I want to be a writer all I can do is keep producing. No amount of money I spend on real editors, professional cover art, advertising experts, etc. matters if I’m not writing.

Is my confidence that God wants to make me a writer for a living shaken? Absolutely. He brought me the promotion at my day job I’ve been seeking. I’ve felt called to preach and teach more (I’m an ordained pastor). My dream profession, though, is still writer. Seems God wants me to wait on doing it as a living. . .

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Where Did You Go?

Where have I been? I’ve been very sick, and because I work from home, not resting. I’m feeling much better now, so I’m back! I’m almost done with a final read through/edit of Volume III, The Endaril Dragon.

Another distraction I let myself fall into is reading the Wheel Of Time series, all fourteen books. I tend to be the kind of reader that can’t put a book down, even when it’s technically fourteen books. Reading does help me to be a better writer, but there’s nothing like 12,000 plus pages of books to cramp your other time.

I still believe writing is going to be my new career. Right now, out of day job, writing and reading, there is only enough time for two of them. And when I squeeze writing in with the other two, blogging suffers for my books, as it should be.

The most important thing I do is spend time with God, and that does, but shouldn’t suffer. I was at a men’s retreat for two days, part of how I got sick. My wife is at a retreat starting tomorrow, so lots of writing time ahead!

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God Helps Those

The phrase “God helps those who help themselves” not in the Bible. Some attribute it to Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac. It can be inferred from the Bible though.

Did God build the ark? No, he gave Noah everything he needed to do so. The God who made the whole earth, helped Noah, but Noah did the work.

Sure, sometimes God sends the swarm of locusts, parts the Red Sea, or sends Manna from Heaven. He didn’t bring down the walls of Jericho until the Israelites did something that made them look foolish, marching around the walls chanting and shouting.  They had to do some part of it.

God can do anything. I wrote that in my last post. However, he usually doesn’t do all the work. He could have struck Goliath down where he stood for the things he said about His chosen. Instead he helped David do it. Gideon’s army still had to go to battle. Even Zacchaeus climbing the tree, the woman reaching for Jesus’s robe, and the man lowered through the roof had to DO SOMETHING on their own.

God isn’t going to finish editing Volume III of the Lerilon Trilogy for me. I have to do that. He isn’t going to buy advertising, send me Twitter and Facebook followers, or get me entered in writing contests. But he can make all those work, fantastically.

First 2 volumes

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