Thursday, November 17, 2011

Research While Working

How lucky am I that my current job allows me to also do research for my books?  Before you get too excited and jealous, let me clarify.  I am not given permission and payment to leave work and do research for my writing.  I am, however, provided with opportunities to research middle school youth and their silly and sweet behaviors on a regular basis.  I am a minister to children and youth, and I write Middle Grade Adventure/Suspense books (with light fantasy).  I am a lucky girl.
This weekend will be one of those times when I get to fully immerse myself in the world of a child.  I am going camping Friday-Sunday with sixteen third-fifth graders.  I am really looking forward to this weekend for many reasons.  I have never done a trip for this age group, so I am excited to get to know these kids better.  I am also pumped about the amount of time we will get to spend in God’s Word together.  Obviously, the writer in me is eager to get to observe and learn from such a magical group of little ones for two whole days. 
I hope to be able to report back on some things that I learn from my fun weekend.  Usually when I set out to do observation and get ideas from the kids, I end up forgetting to take note and get sucked into having a blast.  That, too, is fine with me.  I aim to be a fun adult that the kids can bond with and someone who brings them closer to Jesus.  If I get a little insight into their brains while doing this, all the better.    
I was just feeling blessed today that God allows me to do research for my writing, while fulfilling my current role as a youth minister.  I wanted to share my joy with all of you.  I hope you are feeling affirmed in your current vocation too.  Wish me luck!

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