Three significant things happened to me at the end of December 2021. First, I finished the last book in the Cutters Notch Trilogy (Reckless Abandon) and handed the manuscripts off to a team of beta readers for feedback. Second, I stepped down from my church leadership role that I’ve held for something like thirteen years. Third, our podcast, the Cutters Notch Podcast ended its second season and were in a short hiatus. As a result, I now find myself very much in that space in between.
I don’t have a writing project to focus my creative energy. Sure, I’ll have the beta copies back soon and I’ll throw myself into the final edits, this window of time leaves me to ponder what to write next. I could focus on my family drama story based on my mother’s life. I could write a follow up to my non-fiction devotional book, Loving Out Loud. Maybe I could write a couple new short stories based in Cutters Notch. Last, but not least…well, not really last…I could start a whole new Cutters Notch story.
I’ve grown to love the fictional little Hoosier town I’ve created for the Hope Spencer trilogy. There’s so much room for more tales. There must be more.
On the spiritual side, I’m giving myself two or three months before I jump into a new direction. I’m pondering a lot of choices, and I’m not ready to reveal exactly everything that’s on my mind. One likely plan is the start of a second podcast, this one focused on spiritual topics. The working title is “Lovementalism.”
Speaking of podcasts, the Cutters Notch Podcast had a stellar second season with a huge jump in listeners, a couple of TV personalities, and the securing of our first sponsor, Ash & Elm Cider Company. We will start recording again sometime in February for season three and we hope to build on that momentum with exciting new guests. Hopefully, that’ll lead to new sponsors.
For right now, though, I have time to think. This blog is my only outward expression (unless you count social media) but soon I’ll be back with a newsletter, a new Henry the Preacher comic, more podcasts, and a new book! Watch for it.
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Michael DeCamp is a husband, father, uncle, son, and brother. He built a career in industrial sales while maintaining a spiritual life in pursuit of a love for God. He has published two fantasy thrillers, one collection of supernatural/fantasy short stories, and one devotional book. (There are more on the way.) He also produces a podcast (The Cutters Notch Podcast) that provides a new episode approximately once per month.