Thursday, March 01, 2018

Out of My Hands for Now - A Book Update

To the left is a stock image of an older gentleman trying to use a computer. It's been a long-running internet joke that there's a hint of desperation and confusion in his eyes as he struggles to understand the contraption in front of him. Finally, he looks toward the camera, pleading for someone to assist him before his silent scream engulfs his mind completely.

At least he has coffee. That's nice.

It's been a while since I provided any kind of an update on my latest publishing venture. It's been so long, in fact, that you may have forgotten that I'm working on my second book, which will be an exploration of the spirituality of Dave Matthews Band's music.

For the better part of the first month that I worked on the manuscript, I felt very much like our poor helpless model above. I even told my wife at least once, "I don't know how to write this book." Should I try to appeal more toward non-Christian skeptics who might pick it up and thus try to make it as ecumenical and interfaith as possible? Should I just write from the tradition that I know while allowing the music truly to dictate the course of discussion? Is this book more for music fans or should it be more of a spirituality book?

I think my best answer to these questions was, "Yes." Yes, it should take seriously that not everyone who reads it will be Christian. Yes, I should write out of what I know best and not try to be someone I'm not. Yes, I should write for fans of the band and for people seeking answers for spiritual questions.

So that's what I ended up doing, and I hope I did okay.

That last sentence is all in the past tense, because earlier this week I sent everything to the publisher. As Dave sings, "it's out of my hands for now." Eventually will come edits, and then it will be let loose into the world. The most recent conversation that I had with the publisher gave a 6-9 month timeline, so the finished product should be out late summer at the earliest and close to Thanksgiving at the latest. Hopefully before too long I can give a more definite date than that.

But for now we wait. I'm glad to have gotten to this point. When I have more news to share, I surely will do so.