October 05, 2009

The Journey of A Second-Born

My second child started school today. He was accepted into the Animation program at the Dallas Art Institute and his first day is today. He is a talented artist and my prayer is that he will blossom and succeed in this love of his.

It is a 45 minute drive from our house to the school, with no traffic. Of course, in Dallas, there is always a ton of traffic! We live in Fort Worth and the school is on the far side of Dallas, so he has moved in with my husband's parents in Dallas to make the trip easier. He will come home on the weekends, so it is not like he has really moved out. At least no completely.

It is a stepping stone. A new beginning. A part of a new journey. Who doesn't love the first uncertain steps of a fresh start? The start of a new path. The not-knowing. There is excitement in the newness. A thrill of the unknown.

Such is life, isn't it? Such is the journey of a writer, don't you think? Each new book begins yet another journey. There may be a little fear involved. (Am I really capable of spitting out another volume of words? Do I really have an idea that can sustain itself through 60-80,000 words? Can I do this again or am I a one hit wonder?)

Yes, I admit it. I have a bit of fear in this new beginning. But then I tell myself there is always fear in new beginnings. Yes, there is excitement, but there will always be doubts and I need to let myself go and dive into the wonder of a fresh journey.

Thanks for letting me ramble about the new journeys in my family. :)



17 comments:

  1. You can do it again and again Sherrinda! You are writer for better or worse.

    I am so happy for your son. I pray God will use him mightily for the sake of the Kingdom.

    Blessing to you...

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  2. Congrats to your son! What a cool job. :-)

    Don't worry Sherrinda. After three manuscripts, I still am worried about the fourth. :-) We just have to push forward and do it.

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  3. You're not alone, Sherrinda! I ask myself the same questions. AFter I finish each book I still ask myself if I can do another one again.

    Blessings to your second born...both real and fictional. :)

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  4. Sounds like your son is starting an incredible new journey! Good for him.

    OH, the doubts that haunt us as we write. You're not alone in that, Sherrinda! But I'm convinced you can do it! You are a gifted writer with lots of resources at your fingertips that will make the next project fun, good, and rewarding.

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  5. May this be a wonderful course for your son, and Sherrinda, I look at each manuscript as a gift, a gift that keeps on teaching and growing me!

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  6. Wow! I hope when my times comes with my kids I can let them go as graciously. you are letting them build their dreams and develop their God given talents. Great MOM! :O)

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  7. That's so wonderful!! How exciting for you and your son!
    YES, the beginning is the best time: great expectations and dreams without any of the hard work yet. LOL!
    He's going to do great!

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  8. Congrats on your son starting school!

    I have that fear every time I sit down to start a book. I'm hoping it's pretty natural. :)

    I have to trust that God will spark the ideas I need when I need them.

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  9. First, congrats to your son! :)

    Second, I know just how you feel - wondering whether I have another book in me and what God wants to say through it, etc.

    I echo others statements that we just have to keep pushing forward. One day and a few thousand words at a time. :)

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  10. Wow there are a lot of great changes going on with you. It sounds like you have faithfully encouraged your son toward a great educational career of wonderful experiences and learning.
    Now you have to continue on your own journey of experinces and learning. God has put this desire in your heart and you are making the most of it. Just remember that He never said it has to be perfect, no mistakes! That takes the pressure off.
    Just as you expect your son's life will have some problems areas, some mistakes made, some twists and turns, you will be there for him and watch while he learns, finally so proud of his accomplishments in the end. Your heavenly Father is doing the same with you now, Sherrinda, as you start your next book "adventure". Don't fear it, but instead enjoy the ride--we will be there for you too.

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  11. I stopped by the library on my lunch break to check my blog and oh, what a delight to read everyone's encouraging words. It has been a difficult day at work. A true blue Monday. I have been down and teary on top of that, so thanks for the kind words and the pat on the back. I feel the cyber hugs!

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  12. The more I write, the more ideas come to me. Don't ever worry about running out! And congrats on your son--how exciting!

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  13. I think writing is always a little bit about worrying. New starts are exciting, but hard. All the best to your son :)

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  14. Thank you for sharing this! I can't imagine what it will be like to have my child go to college!

    Starting a new book is so intimidating. I went through this last November. Don't plan on doing it again this November. :)

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  15. Hi Sherrinda -

    How exciting for your son! Keep us posted on how he likes school. :)

    I know how you feel. I just started a new book. With a few words shy of 5,000, I have a looong way to go. As a pantser, I pray a lot and then sit down at the computer.

    So far, I'm surprised at the direction this book is taking. My characters seem to know what they're doing, even if I don't!

    You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

    Blessings,
    Susan

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  16. i'm not sure i knew you lived in ft. worth. i lived in arlington for a summer and drove to ft. worth a lot. :) yay for second son!

    You might already know this, but I wanted to let you know about my blog address change. *sigh* If you're following me, my posts now won't show up in your feed, dashboard, sidebar, whatever. So please forgive me, but you'll have to change the address for my main writing blog, Where Romance Meets Therapy, to http://jeanniecampbell.blogspot.com. To do this, you have to "unfollow" me and follow me again. Sorry for the confusion!

    Jeannie
    The Character Therapist

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  17. Sherrinda, I feel for you as you send another child off into the world. Our daughter has been gone just over two weeks, and I'm still adjusting. It does get easier, especially when they have good days. Here's wishing your son many of those.

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