Or at least, I thought I'd finished it. But then I sent it out to some kind souls for feedback, and boy, did I get some:
"It's, like, four books in one…it's pretty hard to follow."
"Bits of it are really good, but I don't get how it’s all meant to fit together."
And then the classic from my husband:
"Listen; either you can write the book you want to write, and you'll sell 100 copies (maybe…) OR, you can write the book that people actually want to read."
After not speaking to him for a day, I actually realized he was right (don't you just hate when that happens?)
So then, dear reader, I knuckled down, and got started on book number 2, which I decided to do for the secular mass market, as I need to get my mortgage paid ASAP, and I can't hang around two years' waiting for haskamot…
So for another two weeks, I worked like a dog again, churning out my second 'magnum opus' in less than a month. Do you know how much typing I've done recently? It's approaching world-record levels.
Anyway, G-d helped me a lot, and I'm about two days' away from starting to try to find an agent for that book, that I'm calling: 'Talk to G-d and Fix Your Health'.
You'd think that was plenty to keep me busy by itself, but G-d had other plans.
In the three days off between writing 2 books back-to-back, G-d put the crazy idea in my head that I should start my own 'Jewish Energy Medicine' Institution to start teaching this stuff more widely.
I did the website, wrote the essays, set up a new JEMI blog, and sent THAT out to some kind souls for some feedback.
Boy, did I get some! All good, useful stuff (like it was with the first book) - but now I appear to have gone from doing something pretty informal and low-key, to trying to set up my own completely kosher Jewish Emotional Healing discipline.
Anyway, while all that was going on (and I think it could be going on for a while, as even finding a reliable posek who is knowledgeable about Chinese Medicine and meridians and applied kinesiology is not as simple as I thought it was going to be) - G-d saw that I had a spare half an hour on my hands, and gave me another brainwave:
"Rivka, start a 'Talk to G-d' blog for the secular public, to go with the book. Do some articles; do some podcasts; you know, all the usual stuff."
"But G-d!," I protested, "I've barely done any washing for a month! Baruch Hashem, my family is pretty easy going but even they occasionally need some clean underwear!"
G-d told me to throw a load of smalls in on the way to the computer, and next thing I knew, I'd set up a rough website and blog called 'Talk to G-d and fix your life'.
I have no idea what the flipping heck is going on. Sure, I like to write, I like to teach, I like to have projects to do, but the last few weeks I feel like I'm being compelled to keep churning stuff out from On High, like there's only a few weeks' left before the end of the world, or something
So anyway, that's the madness that is currently my life. I'll keep you posted as and when other things come on line, and whether or not G-d wants me to start (and finish…) another book this week. But it's really not normali.