Monthly Archives: May 2010
I read this post last week and smiled. You should totally go check it out.
Not that I needed someone’s permission, but I am having an insanely difficult time balancing all the roles in my life right now. Major projects recently include: teaching my 4-year-old how to read (he’s doing OK), losing insane amounts of baby weight (I’m doing great, so far!), and trying to get editing jobs so I can continue to stay at home with my sweet littles (the 2-year-old is getting into everything and the 7-month old is starting to crawl). Then there’s the normal stuff… cooking, cleaning, laundry, play time, etc. Pretty much by the time nap time rolls around and I can actually sit down and work on my story or my quiet time musings, I’m wiped out. It isn’t writers block, it’s mommy block. My story is still there, and I have an awesome synopsis and know the generally frame of the tale, but I lack the time to make it as wonderful as I know it could be. And my God breezes happen, but so fast these days, that I hardly have time to process them myself, much less write them down for your edification (but trust me, God is SO good!).
And guess what? That’s OK. I’m gonna let it all marinate in my brain and I’m sure I’ll write entries like splatter-art in the months to come, but right now, I need to focus on other things, mainly, my kids. In 10 years, I’m gonna freak out that I didn’t spend enough time with them, and I don’t want to have any(more) regrets about my career as a mother.
So! I’m going to return to the two things I love and CAN handle right now, work wise: editing and reading. =) Expect more book reviews, and, when I can figure out how to write without anyone sitting on me, the spiritual writings. But until then…
I’m currently watching Jonathan and Hannah act out “Sleeping Beauty”, complete with Jonathan fighting a dragon and Hannah “sleeping” on the couch in one of my dresses. Josh is looking on and laughing as Jonathan does battle and I crack up when they try to look so serious and regal. I love these little people!
So my project this week is to import (by hand, ‘cuz there’s no short way of doing it), my blogs from MySpace and Facebook from the last 5 years… since I first started blogging. Wow. It’s really fun and sometimes sad to read over some of the things that happened and I wrote about. The perspective is awesome… things that I was really irritated about at one time, now I can’t even remember. Other incidents are burned into my memory forever. Sorry I won’t have anything new or original posted this week, but I’ll be happy to have my scattered blogs all in one place now!
In Stephen Lawhead’s final book of the King Raven series, we lose the voice of Will Scarlet and return to Lawhead’s omnipotent narrative. However, by this time, all the characters are well known (unless you’re one of those odd-ducks who like to pick up a book at the end of a series without having first read the other books… in which case, I really don’t understand what the joy is in reading like that…). The focus of the novel is the role of Friar Tuck, who is characterized as a devout, fat, smelly, short man. Romantic, right?
“Tuck” takes an interesting turn right at the beginning where King William II (called William Rufus) contemplates how much he will have to pay for the Church to pray for his father’s sins as well as his own. The Church seems no more than a huge con to get people to give them money (even the king does it) so they can spend less time in purgatory. More money given to the Church equals more clergy praying for your soul meaning you will get to heaven sooner. The abbots and bishops in the novel all seem to be grasping for as much wealth as they can without much care for the actual spiritual guidance they ought to be providing. There are, of course, notable exceptions… and then there’s Tuck.
Tuck dispenses freely with spiritual advice and deadly attacks with his walking stick. He encourages Rhi Bran to seek peace while aiding in raids against the ruling villains. He sanctions lying under disguise for the greater good of returning the lands to the rightful Welsh. In short, Tuck is the craziest man of the church in the entire series! However, his real, honest faith and genuine relationship with God make him a brilliant counselor for the young Rhi Bran, and the capers and intrigues that they embark on come to a glorious and satisfying conclusion.
In addition to the fantastic story, Stephen Lawhead’s son, Ross Lawhead, wrote “The Ballad of Rhi Bran”, which is sprinkled throughout the novel between chapters and serves as a very authentic-feeling frame to the narrative as a whole. Having recently finished a class in Chaucer, I really enjoyed the familiar cadence of the medieval ballad.
So, reader friends, are you intrigued yet? What on earth are you waiting for? The Great Guarding Wood awaits! Off ye, to the bookstore! And tell me what you think when you finish!