IT FEELS LIKE A LIE when I tell people what I do.
“I’m a writer.”
A writer is what I used to be.
A writer is what I’d rather be.
But a writer is just a shrinking part of me these days.
Times have changed.
I’m not just a writer anymore.
For the past week I’ve been a videographer. I’ve scripted, filmed, and edited a six-minute video called “Where NASA and the Bible Agree.” It’s to help promote my July release, A Visual Walk Through Genesis.
I showed it to an editor. He liked it. But he suggested tips for making it better.
Sadly, they were good tips.
So I’ve got to do something about that. I’ll probably reshoot the video.
I do other stuff, too.
Because I write a lot of illustrated books, I’ve got to get the art. Being a control freak—as most writers are—I prefer to do my own art research. I find it. I negotiate for it. I acquire it.
The illustrated books I write have maps, too. I make my own maps. I bought hypergeek cartography software. I download NASA elevation data. And I create the exact map I want for a particular feature; I decide the elevation, the angle, and the texture of the terrain.
I write blogs, too—often, like this one, after my typical workday is over. That’s because I forgot I needed a blog for tomorrow.
The reason I forgot is because I’m focused on the video.
There are book deals in the works, too. So that’s going on as well.
Over the past several months I’ve also become a Bible paraphraser and a Christian educator.
Both are for the sake of promoting the July release, A Visual Walk Through Genesis. I paraphrased Genesis in what I’ve tagged and trademarked as part of the Casual English Bible, a work in progress. As a Christian educator, I wrote 367 discussion questions that folks can use in Bible study groups studying all 50 chapters of Genesis alongside my upcoming book.
I’ll release both the questions and the paraphrase the same day the book releases. They’ll be freely available on my website. Oh yeah, I manage a website, too.
Sometimes it feels like I’m spinning.
Today, for example.
For more about writing
- Kind words for a writer
- What writers do when the book arrives
- Puzzled about how to spend my time
- Me: One writer’s to-do list
- Coffee with a writer? Nope