By: Staci Stallings
In May, when Dennis was going to be gone for a few weeks for knee surgery, we talked about how to fill in for the days he would miss on the blog. I chose at that time to set up a parallel blog, “Spirit Light Works” so that I could publish some things there (a whole never-before-published novel) without taking up space over here. Dennis was very encouraging about doing this and even had some interest in doing it as well when he came back.
At the time, I thought, “A couple months of doing this tops.” I was sure he would be back, and Spirit Light Works would either morph into something new or die altogether.
Well. Here we are a short five weeks later, and everything has changed.
I have to be honest about this. When Dennis and I started this blog, I did it as much to help Dennis out as anything. He wanted to start a blog, but his web skills were… um, how shall I put this nicely… not that terrific. So, we set up a plan whereby I would write columns on Monday and Thursday and he would take Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition to writing columns, I would help him learn to post a blog in case he ever wanted to branch out on his own and do his own thing (when didn’t he want to do that?!).
Alas, I think Dennis liked this set-up. It gave him an outlet and a reason to write SOMETHING every week. We enjoyed being partners on this blog very much, and I never felt the burden of keeping the blog going all on my own. It was nice and has now gotten to be something of a habit for me.
So, now I find myself in a new place, with no partner to write on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a second blog that I’m excited about but not sure how to manage, a habit of writing this blog that I really don’t want to leave, and a swirl of “where do I go from heres”?
Over the course of the last couple weeks I have been weighing my options, looking at what makes sense for me to do, what time is available, etc. God and I have talked about it, and I think we have come up with a workable solution.
The first piece of this puzzle was laid in place the day after Dennis passed away (nearly a week before I knew I was now on my own). A good friend of mine agreed to help me post my other writing to the other two blogs. This will help with the time crunch in that I won’t have to be trying to publish the other two while keeping up with this one and writing new material. That means, I can still just concentrate on this one on Mondays and Thursdays.
The New Plan is this (and I’m sure will be revised as we go along). I will continue to post inspirational articles here on Monday and Thursday. The other two blogs will be posting as follows:
Spirit Light Works: Tuesday and Thursday
God Positive: Wednesday and Friday (until the entire book has been posted, which will take a little over a year)
On the Spirit Light Works blog I will be posting whole books–Bible Studies, Novels, and things that I’ve written that are more Inspirational Life-Building books than anything else. My plan at the moment (as God has laid it out for me to see so far) is that each month on Spirit Light Works, I will post ONE book in its entirety. So one month will be a Bible Study, the next a novel, the next an inspirational life-building book, etc.
I have set up subscription options on both of these sites, so you can subscribe to them directly.
I will also post here on Tuesday the newest links to the Spirit Light Works site, and on Wednesday the newest links for the God Positive. I will try to put in the subject line, “SLW: ” and “GP: ” So that you will know without opening them that those are links if you wish not to have that notification. This means you will not be getting more emails than you were before from Spirit Light Books, but hopefully you will have access to MORE information and inspiration.
In any case, I want to sincerely THANK YOU for your support and for reading this blog. You will never know how much it means that someone is on the other side of this modem, listening… even when I ramble.