Over the last few months I've been developing a hunger to write again. Having a young family hugely impacts the time you have available for hobbies and personal fulfillment, so I've been trying (and generally failing) to make wise choices with the time I do have. God has provided for us in 3 awesome ways with a specific project that is consuming almost all of our evenings, at present. The back story, is that our good friend Dave was approached to have his master's thesis published as a book. A thesis and a book are two different things, and significant editing of the original would be required to make it more approachable, and slightly shorter. Having just moved to a recently earthquake ravaged country, he asked Maija and I if we would consider taking on the editing of his thesis. We were very honoured to be asked, and graciously accepted. We're now a couple of days away from completion, so I'm taking a moment of repose.
Here are the 3 ways that God has blessed us through this:
- We had recently been impressed by some friends who lent their personal expertise to some other friends for a project. Maija and I agreed that we wanted to be the same kind of people, and asked God for an opportunity. He provided!
- I've been itching to write, and this provides me with an excellent opportunity. In the division of work, Maija tackles the high level concepts and ensures that we're tossing out and keeping the right things. She's the Masters student who studied discourse analysis, so this is exactly her speciality. That then leaves the rewording and paraphrasing to me, which is exactly what I want. God is good.
- This is a paid gig, so it provides a nice little bonus for our work. We would honestly have done it without pay, due to the above 2 factors, but I'm not going to deny that this is a blessing also.
Once this project is done I really want to start a new writing project myself. I feel there is some momentum behind me... and I really don't want that to die. Editing existing material is really a great way to get going though... a blank slate can be a terrifying thing. If anyone else has some interesting in collaboration writing, let's do something!
Also... I'm reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It's great!