Shuffling My Mind

Apologies, accidental theologists.  I seem to be on hiatus.  (Or should that be in hiatus?  Or swallowed up by one?)

Any way you look at it, the blogging impulse has evidently gone into low gear for the time being.   Bear with me, though.  I have a feeling it’ll return very soon.  As soon, that is, as I figure out the structure for the new book, which right now is in the form of hundreds of pieces of paper spread all over the floor.

I know there’s a great book here on my floor (I think of it as ‘the agnostic book’).  I just have to discover it.  So I spend my days shuffling and reshuffling these pieces of paper, moving them from here to there and back again, trying to figure out a linear sequence that will make them readable by anyone other than me.

In other words, I’m shuffling and reshuffling my mind, and it’s hard work.  Made harder still by the fact that I keep on making more notes, thus only adding to the number of pieces of paper.

There’s heady stuff under my feet, and it’s easy to get lost in it.  So I know I need a weird kind of balance between subjective and objective, between calm argument and impassioned rant.

This morning, however, I woke up thinking “Write the rants first!”  And bounded out of bed with an anticipatory grin.

I might post some of the rants here (maybe I’ll be polite and think of them as riffs).  Or I might change my mind yet again.  Provided I can keep both head and feet on the ground, I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.

And speaking of updates:

It’s paperback time for The First Muslim.  Which makes it more affordable, which in turn makes me very glad.  The US paperback edition comes out two weeks from now, on February 4.  And the paperback of the UK edition will appear in a staged release from April through August (depending on where you are in the world, for reasons beyond my ken).

13 Responses

  1. If you can comprehend this–no mean task–some understanding re book release in one territory may be achieved
    http://www.smartcompany.com.au/growth/economy/26534-government-to-dismantle-import-barriers-for-books.html#

  2. I bought the paperback version in the UK of The First Muslim in October 2013 and it was the best story of Muhammad’s life that I have read.

  3. keep going,Lesley….it;s the winter, we all hibernate a bit.

  4. Oh, thank God!!! [ who else...? :) ] , you’ve surfaced again!
    almost wrote to ask about your wellbeing.
    please do start the “rants/riffs” instantly, so that we can get a peek into another of your gems……
    cant wait,
    nuzhat.

  5. come on now, Leslie, pull yourself together! nice cup of tea….back to your fans!!

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