Happy Day for Scott Wangen! You win the “Picking Dandelions” book! I’ll get that out to you ASAP!
Last week in church, during the sermon, I realized something about one of my characters. Something huge. Something that will change the entire novel. Something that I didn’t want to forget.
A few months ago, while looking at a woman’s hands, I understood that another character was all wrong. She needed to be older. I didn’t want to forget about that, either.
Last year, while grocery shopping (or…really…while getting my Starbucks before shopping…bless grocery stores with built in coffee), I saw a woman that I didn’t want to forget.
I wrote all of those ideas in my journal.
I love my journal. I really do. This is the 3rd journal of its kind that has become full up of story ideas, characters, sassy lines for someone to say, dumb thoughts, ideas that won’t work, ideas that change the whole landscape of my story…
…I would be lost without my journal.
And, let me tell you something…and this is serious…someone else would be lost without that journal, too.
What does that mean?
My journal was crafted thousands of miles away from my house. In India. By a woman who doesn’t have to resort to the sex trade for a means of feeding her children. Not that she’d willingly and joyfully choose the life of a brothel. But, in this broken world, sometimes the other option is starvation.
My journal has a cover of recycled sari (traditional Indian garb). It has been glued onto a book made of handmade paper. Paper that has been in the very hands of a woman who has a good life.
I purchased this journal from Better Way Imports, a West Michigan business that strives to improve the lives of woman in all different parts of the world. They do this by selling what the women make here in the United States and Canada. Bags. Jewelry. Cards. Pj pants. Tshirts. Housewares. All made by women who don’t have to be slaves any longer. Women who never had to enter that trade at all.
My journal is more than fabric and paper and trails of ink. It is the story…God’s story…of redemption and mercy and the beauty that comes from the darkest of places and into the light.
That’s the story I want to write always, always, always.
And I want that to be your story, too.
Today, I’m collecting names to give away one of these gorgeous journals. All you need to do is comment below to enter. And, if you order something from Better Way Imports (yes…something new…today…December 5, 2012), I’ll enter your name 5 times (just leave a comment telling me what you purchased…extra points for extra items…and no lying…pretty please).
Better Way Imports also does home parties…a celebration of freedom that you can be involved in. Let me know if you’re interested. I can hook you up with someone who can help you host this.
By the way, BWI isn’t paying me for this plug. I just love their purpose so much. And I love mercy. So, get your Christmas shopping in, my friends. Buy a gift that will make a difference!