I promised myself I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t be one of those authors who set themselves a deadline only to come back later with excuses for why the couldn’t meet it. The fact is that John Bosco: A Simply Saints Book will not be ready by his feast day, and there are three reasons why.
Reasons (read: excuses)
1. Our whole family was very sick for the first two weeks of January (coughs, pink eye, hives – it was so bad). But that’s over now and not very interesting, so let’s leave it at that.
2. Now this excuse is pretty exciting. We got licensed as a foster family early in January. So far we have only done respite. Every weekend we have opened our house to an infant or toddler whose foster parents need a break. We’ve had quiet 6 month old girls up to curious, laughing 18 month old boys. This has been fun for everyone, but not very conducive to writing.
3. I’m learning about the differences among primary sources. For the Saint Catherine book I used a comprehensive biography by Blessed Raymond of Capua as my main source. This book covered everything you could want to know about the saint. Raymond interviewed family members and double checked dates scrupulously. Saint John Bosco wrote the memoirs that I am using for hisbook in little snatches of time between duties. He remembers some dates wrong. He leaves out things that I really want to include – some important dreams and information about Dominic Savio. And – perhaps predictably – he includes nothing about how he died. So the research step is taking longer than expected.
You’re probably saying to yourself, “Okay, those are pretty good excuses, but when can we expect the book?” This is not a bad question, and I appreciate the polite way you phrased it. However, I’m not sure how to answer it. I can tell you that I am about 90% of the way through the first draft, though there are still some holes to fill in. I edited Catherine of Siena in a couple of weeks. So that gives you a rough time frame. I write 500 words or draw a comic every day except when I have a foster child in the house. Otherwise I’ll try to keep you updated as best I can.
Have fun celebrating John Bosco’s feast day Saturday. It’s my oldest boy’s feast day so we’re going out for pizza and ice cream.
Thanks for your patience and God Bless you.