In 1996, I was one of two editors responsible for the launch of a national magazine directed at Christian parents called ParentTalk. It was a labor of love, a lot of work, and our pride and joy. But from the beginning we knew that there were no guarantees. The publishing house invested $250,000 into its launch, which may sound like a lot, but not really, considering that that average magazine launch cost $8 million.
I consider it one of the highlights of my creative career, and it lasted just one year. And from the very beginning we decided that if all else failed, we would have fun doing what we did best. And so we did, up until the very last day.
There are no guarantees in life. God only give us today, and never guarantees tomorrow. The Bible says (and I paraphrase here): “Don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow has worries of its own.”
And I have carried that message into my writing. There are no guarantees, especially when you are writing a novel. You may sell a million copies, or you may only sell one to your mother.
And so I remember the words of the psychiatrist on the old TV show “M.A.S.H.”
“Brothers and sister, take my advice. Pull down your pants and slide on the ice.”
Think about it.