Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The End is Near!
I'm nearing 70% completion of my very first novel, and though I've had ups and downs with getting the words out sometimes from my head to my laptop, I can say that I'm sure I'll finally reach my NaNo goal by the end of November!
This was something that seemed inconceivable just three weeks ago. The story that is coming to life in words is not my own, but rather a grouping of stories that I've heard and learned about from many ex-Amish. Their stories are unique, yet they all share the frustrations and sorrows that they've had to endure to live a life outside of their Amish communities and families. Shunning and banning and ex-communication are common to all of them. Learning to live the Englisher life has also been a common goal of each of them.
They inspire me with their perseverance and their strength. They sometimes baffle me with their mixture of naivety and rebellion. And more than anything, they cause me pray for them every night. More than anything, I'd like God to bless them with peace and grace and a way to live happily in this modern Englisher world.