Being sick sucks. Besides the obvious discomforts of being ill, there is also the missed work, the trip to the urgent care and the falling behind on my writing. This is the part that bothers me the most – the lost hours spent in bed with a viral infection, when I should have been writing. Today’s the first day I had any desire to write (God bless doctors and medicinal drugs) after being down for a fortnight and that is a strange sensation – not wanting to write. But I’m here now – mostly – and I’m ready to catch up.

First of all, I have to amend my schedule for the Stepmothers Anonymous screenplay. I’m not going to be able to make the April deadline for the screenplay. I will continue writing until it is complete and have it ready for next year’s contest.

Secondly, I am starting a new blog series on Thursday entitled
Full of Grace. It is a first-draft story about Mary, the mother of Jesus, from the Immaculate Conception to Christmas. The story itself will run in a series of entries, from Thursday to December 25 – her pregnancy in ‘real-time’. Keep in mind; this will be a first-draft story, where changes may arise along the way or in the end. I have the outline set, for the most part, but more than that, I know the story I want to tell.

You see, when I was writing my first book, After the Call, I discovered there were more biblical sources out there besides the Bible, that, judiciously applied, can add depth to the tales read since childhood. 

Mary was one such story. A simple tale, but why was she chosen? Why did she go to Elizabeth in such a hurry? What happened after Joseph married her? Did everyone just accept that Joseph was the father of her child? Why did she join Joseph when he had to register? A lot of questions, but once they were answered, Mary’s story had a level of humanity that is often lacking when it’s translated into fiction or the big screen. And yes, my interpretation is just one of many, but I feel it will be original and full of integrity.

Lastly… actually I think that’s it. There was probably more, but as I sit to write, the urgency I had because of my missed days took care of itself. I am looking forward to starting the new series and I continue looking for ways to get more of my work out. Thanks for spending a few moments of your time with me. 

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