Writing is going well. Surprisingly well, actually. The editor at Beacon has asked for an introduction and first chapter, and I’ve been able to keep a steady pace. My advisor and close friends have read and commented, and I’m about to send the introduction (at least) off to an assembled group of non-Pagan, non-academic contacts, none of whom know me well enough to care about my feelings.
If that goes well, I’ll include these sections with my book proposal and send it off to Beacon. Aside from writing, I’ve been carefully going through Beacon’s most recent religion titles. The genre is very familiar to me, but I want to cover all my bases.
I just want to write something that I can still be proud of in ten years. I expect that some of what I’ll say will be upsetting to some Pagans (I know it will to some I know personally), and I’m okay with that so long as I’ve been clear and thoughtful. The key will be writing about Paganism for a non-Pagan audience while being understandable and interesting. I’ll also go ahead and admit that I’m pretty nervous about my parents’ reactions. I’m going to trust that they’ll be too pleased that I’ve finally done something respectable (publish a book with a major press–not to imply that this is in any way guaranteed) to be uncomfortable with the less palatable autobiographical elements. I am, however, greatly looking forward to the reactions of many of my more conservative, uptight relations.
I guess I’m posting about this here as one more way of keeping myself accountable. This is one of those opportunities that’d be easy to miss if I let depression, self-doubt, or laziness get in the way.
In other news, my band, Anxious Bench (kudos if you catch the very nerdy reference), has been playing out. Tonight we’re off to a local bar to see if we can’t land a show this month. Playing music used to be all I wanted to do. Things have changed pretty substantially, but it’s still a big part of my life and a very welcomed distraction from school. This video is from a rehearsal.