I know, I know, I’ve been MIA since *checks calendar* February?! Yikes. Well, time to put an end to the radio—er, blog silence!
Remember my January blog post about writing goals for 2019? So far, my writing this year hasn’t gone exactly as I expected—which I expected, because when does life ever go exactly the way we plan? The changes that have occurred aren’t necessarily bad, and some of my writing goals have remained spot-on.
One of those spot-on goals is getting published in TWO anthology collections this year. IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENED! Both books are now available and out in the world for you to buy and read.
Thy Geekdom Come
Today is the release date for Thy Geekdom Come: 42 Fandom-Inspired Devotionals. This book represents two years of passionate, prayerful work by a group of dedicated writers and editors (not to mention all the people who supported us through the process). You can buy your own copy on Amazon now! (You can also read a sample article here.)
I was first invited to contribute to this project in late 2017. At the time, I thought I’d only be contributing two articles, but that grew into three, and before the project concluded, I ended up co-writing an additional two articles with one of the book’s fabulous editors. So when you read the book, you’ll find my name on five of the forty-two entries. What an honor!
Working on this project was a true journey, one that I’m very grateful I got to take. Sometimes the words flowed and the Scripture passages made complete sense, and I felt overwhelmed (in the best way) by the tangible feeling of God working through me. Other times, I felt tossed by insecurity and wondered if I was really writing anything valuable or true. Not to mention all the occasions when I agonized over edits (each article went through multiple drafts) and basically wanted to bang my head against the wall.
But you know what? That’s writing. That’s art. That’s the process it takes to contribute something of value to the world. And now the book is done, and it’s out there. It’s available to you and to any reader who needs its words. That’s a true honor for me as a writer.
If you, too, find that God has led you to a project you feel passionate about, but you also have no idea how you’ll ever complete it or even survive it, hang in there. Keep trusting God. Keep making progress. One day, you’ll wake up and realize that you’ve arrived, just like I did today.
Area of Effect: Wisdom From Geek Culture
In mid-March of this year, another anthology book released featuring articles from yours truly! This one is entitled Area of Effect: Wisdom From Geek Culture and it compiles some of the best articles from Area of Effect magazine, the publication where I had my first Staff Writer job. You can grab a copy of this anthology from Amazon!
Whereas Thy Geekdom Come is a Christian devotional book, Area of Effect is a more general exploration of the themes in geeky media (i.e. “fandoms”) and what those can mean for us personally. Although Area of Effect is written by Christians, it “is meant to promote deep thoughts on timely topics, regardless of religious beliefs” (see the book summary on Amazon).
Being published in the Area of Effect anthology was the culmination of a year and a half of contributing to the magazine, an experience I thoroughly enjoyed and that, in many ways, has shaped the writing I do today. This anthology book includes three of my best (and personal favorite) articles from the magazine, and I sincerely hope you’ll snag a copy of the book and check out my articles and those of my friends!
Thanks for reading this post, friends! If you do read Thy Geekdom Come and Area of Effect, please remember to leave honest reviews to help other readers find them!