In case you didn’t catch it on various social media portals, it’s been a fun couple of weeks around here. First, we have an official title and subtitle:
The Color of Life: A White Woman’s Journey of Legacy, Love and Racial Justice
I promise to let you know when it’s available for pre-order, which I imagine will happen sometime late summer or fall. Otherwise, I didn’t know how many hours went into the title and subtitle, but finding the perfect set of words is no small feat.
Of the title: This book is a memoir about my journey into issues of race, or as has been said, of learning to see color. We knew we wanted to play around with “color” in the title, or something close to it, so from a list of over fifty title suggestions (from me and my beta readers), the Zondervan team whittled it down to two choices. And these four words seem to be the most fitting. Extra credit if you can find the phrase in the pages of the book when it’s available to read!
Of the subtitle: The subtitle proved a longer process than anticipated, but we knew that if this was a book about issues of race, we needed to clarify how I identify from the get-go: hence, “a white woman.” Even though there were some shorter options, James and I also really wanted to honor the legacy of my story (which includes my father-in-law, James Meredith) and also our love story – because y’all, the power of love helped me see color. And that’s kind of the bottom line of it all.
Otherwise, I turned in the first draft of my manuscript two days ago, with all the happy clappy praise hands one could muster in the midst of exhaustion. I’m under strict orders to not look at it until I get first edits back from my publisher, which will likely won’t be for another four to six weeks.
So, I’m resting. I’m playing with my boys and going to the zoo and taking long walks and actually cooking meals for my family. I’m hanging out with my husband after the kids go to bed instead of holing up with my words, and I’m slowly working my way through a stack of sorely neglected books.
I’m also binge-watching Homeland, and am fairly convinced that if things don’t work out with my writing career, I’d be a good match for the CIA. Carrie Mathison, I got you, girl.
While I have a bit of work here and there, the plan for March is to relish in a celebration of the present as much as we can muster.
Care to join me?
So, what is it for you? What big project have you recently finished? How are you entering into the present? And do you want to join the CIA with me?0