I just finished the first draft of the first book in a new series. Don’t worry, The 7 Deadly Sins will still be arriving on time—with the exception of The Sanctity of Sloth. The original release date of this book was at the end of August. For an exciting reason I’m not at liberty to divulge, it will be a little late. I’ll keep you posted.
The Sanctity of Sloth
The Medieval anchoress would often be laid on a funeral bier and given last rites before being carried to her anchorhold, the small cell in which she’d be entombed for the rest of her days. The ceremony represented her commitment to die to the world and live for Christ. Some anchorholds contained the anchoress’s open grave as a memento mori, or reminder of death. No longer a participant in the affairs of men, she became an observer, viewing the world through a small window in her cell wall. The symbolic death of self–one’s desires, biases and agendas–is the only path to true objectivity.
From draft one of She Watches – An Anchoress Perspective
by Abby Travers
Tuesday, March 13th: 11:45 PM
The snap of branches, a wet thud, and a strangled wheeze woke Abby. The sounds weren’t loud, but she’d only been in a half-sleep. She slipped out of her bedroll, crossed the dirt floor to the squint her father had made for her and peered out. [Read more…] about Excerpt from The Sanctity of Sloth
Not because they’re annoyed, but because they don’t know. And I think being asked makes them (us) feel silly.
The recipe for a novel tends to read more like one for Grandma’s secret family meatballs, than one from a cookbook. It has a pinch of this and a dollop of that—all those measurements that aren’t really measurements. But I can tell you one or two things that always go into the soup.
Character’s emotions are echos of those we ourselves experience.
I’ve never had a child with brain damage like Brian in The Scent of Wrath. But I have had a sick child. I know that sinking feeling a parent has when the doctor gives them news they don’t want to hear. [Read more…] about Dogs, Anchorites, and Angels in the Attic-Where do authors get their ideas?