“I don’t think the Theology Pub works as a Novel.” This was the painful statement that I finally had to tell myself when I got to about 25000 words during NaNoWriMo. I had a good story, plot, characters and setting but the urban fantasy part began to swallow up the allegory pretty quickly and the allegory boiled down to one thing that was the book’s theme but there was just no way to get the allegory to come through like I wanted. I made it too different from the Theology Pub and I began to quite frankly hate it. I eventually just gave up and so it looks like last year’s win will not be joined by another. At this point though I am beginning to think that I need a new writing mountain to climb anyway. I like NaNoWriMo for the experience of it but I have writing goals that are far more professional in what I am trying to achieve writing a novel. I am simply better at writing non-fiction and perhaps it is time to take the task of my non-fiction book far more seriously. Unfortunately there is no National Non-Fiction Book Writing Month. At least not that I am aware of anyway. Maybe it is time to make one.
For the blog I skipped a few posts this week. The brews are not ready if you understand my meaning. Plus I have a lot of personal changes and challenges going on right now that are occupying my mind. The decision to go back to school was a big one and now I am waiting for my transcripts to transfer to see if I am accepted. I don’t anticipate any problems but all this waiting drives me nuts. What might get interesting is that going back to school might be a good theme for the theology pub. Professor Bourbon could enter more into the picture that way along with Pina Colada.
The Theology Pub can be weird like that in that it often reflects things that I am doing but also things I have never faced. It is at times part of my process of thinking things through but other times it is purely speculative. The bartender is me but he also is not me if you understand my meaning. I simply want that aspect to remain and I find it only works when I keep it as it is and that is cool with me. It remains my serial allegorical sided of my mind and I am OK with that. I imagine if I ever give up writing about all the rest I would still pump out a Theology Pub every couple of days just for my own personal reflection and writing therapy.
So now it is time to write about things that are not fictional and get back to the things I know I am good at which is blogging about what I care about and maybe making my first true genuine stab at a non-fiction book. I know what I want to do which combines the two things no one is supposed to talk about in polite society: religion and politics. I will say no more because I don’t want to give it away.
For all of you who follow this blog, thanks for reading. I am not as followed as many other bloggers out there but then again theology is not something everyone is interested in. Most people go there merry way and never give two dingo’s kidneys about God or what God is all about. I suppose I have the added challenge of not being either a typical reverend or theologian. You should not come here if you just want your current beliefs reinforced. I have spent my life challenging what I believe and not just accepting status quo Christianity. I know I don’t always say what Christians want to hear or back up what is commonly believed. For those of you that read and enjoy this blog, I just wanted to say thank you because I know you are either my friends in life or a unique breed of person.
Blessings and Cheers!!!