Just a quick post to show off the covers for The Epiphany of Joy and Melted Clowns. Both manuscripts are in final layout and Mary and I are excited about their upcoming births. Very soon now . . . .
By the way, speaking of births, it’s interesting to note that I finished The Epiphany of Joy almost exactly nine months after I left my job. And it’s such a pretty baby, if I do say so, despite the labor pains (or maybe because of them!). I also signed the publishing contract the day of my 50th birthday. The “coincidences” are uncanny and continue daily. Like I keep saying, I know without a doubt God places these little treasures along the path of our days for us to keep our eyes open and find them. Just today I was writing a short story for my children’s story collection, On My Daddy’s Lap, and I was fishing for a last name to use for my grumpy lunch lady. The word “Verbat” popped into my mind. I checked online to see if that was an actual last name, and discovered “verbat” means “refused to tolerate” in German. It described my character perfectly even though I’d never heard of that name before, and I speak no German (although a major branch of my family tree came from Bavaria more than 100 years ago). Anyway, I love it when God kisses me on the cheek like that! There’s nothing like those kinds of reminders to keep me encouraged and moving forward.