Question: Is there any chance the third quarter of the year could be crazier than the last two? Answer: If you’re me, yes. What was I thinking, guys? This year is absolutely insane! Insanely awesome. But good grief. Sometime I’m going to find out what sleep is again!
In case anyone is curious or needs to know where to find me, here’s a breakdown of my upcoming meltdown … er … monthly schedule. And, yes, in three months, you can look forward to a Q3 review to keep me honest!
Independence Day | July 4 (for sure)
We blow stuff up and eat watermelon. It’s awesome.
Friends Visiting | July 9-13 (for sure)
This is potentially one of the most exciting things that has happened at Safe Haven Farm in ages. Some very dear friends who I haven’t seen in seven years are going to be passing through this neck of the woods, and they’re going to stop in for a visit. I’m super excited to talk about writing with their oldest child, and I can’t wait to hear all their stories. I expect that Amish food at Carriage Crossing will be in our future at least once!
Family Visiting | mid-July (tentative)
The next most exciting thing potentially happening in July (or August or September) is a return visit from my amazing Arkansas cousins! Whenever it happens, I’ll be ready. My beautiful second cousin and her husband have six incredible sons (under the age of 13), and they all make me laugh. I love spending time with them. They all came up to visit a little while back, and we had so much fun, we decided it needed to happen again.
Epic Road Trip & Realm Makers 2017 | July 24 – August 1 (for sure)
Is there a drum roll? There should be. Realm Makers 2017 is upon us! For the first time, the conference will be held at a resort/hotel rather than a university campus, mainly because it’s grown so much since its first year in 2013! This is its fifth anniversary, and Ted Dekker himself will be there to speak. I promise to only fangirl a little bit. I’ll be there representing Crosshair Press with my fellow publishing buddies Katie Morford Phillips and Amy Davis, and you’ll want to check out the costume banquet photos afterward. Seriously, it’s definitely worth it.
And if you haven’t been and you’re a writer of sci-fi/fantasy/horror from a Christian worldview, you should go. I’m just saying.
WRITING (must happen)
Writing must happen. Hopefully it has happened before this time, but if it hasn’t? Oh, boy, we’re not going to talk about if it hasn’t. It must. Sometime during the month of August, I’ll be writing my brains out. But that should result in you guys getting to read some more awesome stories. You just may not see me around anytime soon!
South Carolina Wedding Adventure | August 16 – 20 (for sure)
That being said, I will be venturing out of my writing nook for a quick jaunt to Columbia, South Carolina where a long-time friend is getting married! It’ll be a fun trip. We’re renting a van, and among the travelers are my brother and sister-in-law. I’m certain that #HermestheFrog will tag along too, but I’ll probably have to hide him, since some of the travelers are known to be ornery.
Judgement House Rehearsals | September 10 (weekly) (for sure)
The first Sunday after Labor Day, Judgement House Tour Guide rehearsals will begin. I’ve posted about Judgement House on here before, but not at length. Maybe I will this year. Regardless, Judgement House pretty much absorbs our lives for two months of the year.
Judgement House is a unique walk-through dramatic presentation, which means that instead of sitting in front of a stage to see a show, you move from room to room, led by a tour guide who fills in the gaps between the scenes. This is a tremendous outreach ministry, and we’ve seen more lives changed by it than any other ministry at my church.
The tour guides have the most lines to memorize and carry a heavy burden of responsibility. That’s why tour guides rehearse for six weeks instead of three or four weeks like all the other scenes. My Dad and I have been the tour guide directors for around 10 years now. And it’s hands-down one of my favorite things I’ve ever done.
But nearly every Sunday from September 10 through the end of October will be dedicated to rehearsals.
CPE Show | September 15 – 21 (for sure)
Except for the Sunday that falls during this week. As much as I try to avoid it, sometimes I have to be gone during Judgement House rehearsals. It’s going to happen again this year because of the Christian Product Expo. Crosshair Press has an amazing opportunity to attend this exciting trade show alongside our friend and mentor Suzanne Kuhn, and we can’t pass it up. How we’re getting there and who exactly is going is still up for discussion, but as of right now, I’m confirmed.
Weekend Creative Retreat | September 29 – October 1 (tentative)
Then, at the end of September, I’m hoping to host a weekend creative retreat here at Safe Haven Farm. There is a potential that I can do it earlier in the month or possibly in August, but the later in the year we can go, the cooler it will be upstairs (where there’s no air conditioning!).
When I’ve hosted these retreats in the past, I invite several creative friends out to the house where we just spend time being creative. Some folks come out and read. Others paint or knit or do graphic design.
It’s a wonderfully refreshing time of creativity and fellowship, and I dearly hope it works out this year.
There you have it. That’s my third quarter this year. And I haven’t even included the release dates for the Creative Techie online courses I’m currently recording. So you’ll have to watch the Creative Techie Twitter feed (@TechieCreative) for that!
The year is half over, and it’s been amazing so far. So I can’t wait to see what the next six months will bring.