Those are never words you want to hear. Especially when they come from a publisher that you have signed a contract with. The ups and downs of the publishing world I suppose.
I read those words in an email that I received yesterday and surprisingly, I was not as upset as I thought I would be. I felt more relief than anything. Now Jenn and I can really move forward with our journal idea. It has gone from being published this Christmas to next Christmas to next Mother's Day and now, I have control over when it will be published. My hope is to go back to our timeline of having it ready for this Christmas. Is it possible? Absolutely. Anything is possible. Is it going to be challenging? Absolutely. But Jenn and I are believers in the phrase "We Can Do Hard Things."
This turn of events have been interesting for me. As I have thought about the journal and what the next step should be, I have realized a couple of things...
1. I have not had a desire to work on it. I don't know if that is because I have been busy with other things, or if the universe was telling me that this little hiccup would happen, or a combination of the two. Whatever the case may be, my desire has been re-ignited and I am looking forward to really digging into this project.
2. As with my own memoir, I have no idea what I am doing. Jenn and I are in a world that is unfamiliar and that is scary, but I do know this...THIS JOURNAL IS AN INSPIRED IDEA and it was placed in my head and my heart for a reason. As we move forward with this project, you can bet that we will be calling on God to help us every step of the way.
So, now the real work begins. There will be a lot of praying, researching, and pondering. We may have to ask our friends for help through a Kickstarter Campaign. We will definitely need help spreading the word so that news of this journal can reach beyond our immediate circle of family and friends. But this project is in the hands of a loving Father in Heaven. He knows the best way to proceed and I have full confidence that He will help us along the way.