Ever feel misunderstood? Like you pull on the most awesome outfit of the century, slide into your shiny-like-new car, pull into work with the latest tunes that wrap your “vibe” into one awesome moment—but instead of flowing with the rhythm of awesomeness, your day pukes onto you 15 raised eyebrows, 10 corners of mouths lifted in sarcasm and exactly 1 million snickers when people pass you but are still within earshot?
Oh, poop. I’m still wearing my daughter’s blinged-out head band from our fashion fun this morning. Strangely enough, a few people got it.
Yep, that’s like many of my days. I like to use the word unique, sheesh, even God uses the word, unique, but on some days that word feels more like scatter-brained mess. Sometimes those of us who are normally challenged want less uniqueness and more ordinary. Sometimes.
Really, Jesus used ordinary people to change the world. Of course, Peter had a lot of unique foibles with the whole cutting off an ear thing and sinking into the lake when the KING OF THE WORLD was watching. But God still used him for the good stuff.
Think of Peter, think of Peter.
So on those days when I’m not thinking of Peter, I do what the experts say not to do and read the reviews of my novel.
I think I started to twitch about half-way through. Let’s see:
One reviewer: “Lyrical”. Another reviewer: “Staccato”.
One reviewer: “Slow start”. Another reviewer: “Excellent pacing”.
One reviewer: “Outside the classic Christian genre”. Another: “Classic ideas based on the knowledge of God”.
And my all-time favorite: “This would have been a good story, I think, if the author had just used evil people in the story, and left God, the devil, and his demons out of the plot.” They go on later to say it wasn’t enough Christian enough. And yet another reviewer: “It was an interesting and new take on Christian fiction.”
Is my book schizophrenic?
We’ll call it unique.
Some dig it, some don’t, and that’s okay because Peter eventually found his peeps like I’m finding mine. But sometimes, there are misunderstandings that need clarification.
I need to address one thing that a few reviewers have suggested (spoiler alert). They said my book represents paganistic or idol worshipping ideas because God appears to my protagonist as an elk. Negative. God is I AM, the one true God and the Father of Jesus. The elk is a symbol, like the Lion in The Chronicles of Narnia.
This book is for out-of-the-box thinkers, and fans of fantasy, so reader beware. And so is my fashion, heh.
My readers might also get blinged-silly by their children, or even delight in kids that mismatch their clothes because to them, the interpretation works.
Are you a writer with out-of-the-box ideas, or someone who feels too normal? Guess what? There is no normal. That’s why God calls each one of use unique. Tell us your story in the comments.
Have an awesome grooving-with-your-own-vibe kind of Monday.