the ‘middle school survival series’ was always intended as a six-book series. kurt johnston and i co-authored the first four: my faith and my family came out in january; my friends and my school release this coming august.
now it’s time to start writing the final two books: ‘my changes’ and ‘my future’.
first things first: my co-author has changed. i loved working with kurt. he’s a great friend and a wonderful writer. but he felt done. so i approached scott rubin about taking kurt’s place, and they both felt great about it (kurt and scott are close friends also). scott is the middle school pastor at willow, and a great guy. i’m really looking forward to writing with him.
second things second: i’m still very unsettled about the title for ‘my changes’. it sounds dorky to me. the topic is clearly correct — a book on all the dramatic changes early adolescents are living. we thought about ‘my body’ — but the changes are much more than physical, and ‘my body’ isn’t much less dorky! we thought about something more general, like, ‘my life’ or ‘my world’. but those don’t say what the book is. and, yes, we joked about calling it ‘my puberty’. i was mentioning all of this to my 13 year-old, highly-opinionated daughter, and she surprised me be saying that ‘my changes’ wasn’t dorky at all, and she thought it was totally fine. so that’s where we sit at the moment. i would LOVE to hear any input or suggestions anyone might have!
and so we begin: this past week, we signed the contracts and started creating the tables of contents. in the next week or two we’ll refine and finalize those. then we start writing. 75 short chapters in each book, divided between the two of us. i find i can write about 2 – 4 chapters in one sitting, roughly 2 hours long. so it will be back to my early-mornings-at-starbucks routine in the months to come. we have a september 1 deadline, but have been told end-of-september is fine.