I believe the most difficult challenge I had with Finding Faith in Slow Motion is the same challenge I am having with my current book, and that is finding time to work on it. I work full-time in a very mentally taxing position. When I get home each evening, the last thing I want to do is expend even more mental energy. Instead, I want to relax with my best friend, my wife Alean, doing something enjoyable together. As I write this, our current evening activity is to assemble a jigsaw puzzle. This activity allows us to relax our minds and savor each other's company. We also enjoy playing games, evening bike rides, walks around town, sitting in the hot-tub together, or watching an exciting soccer match.
The same holds true for weekends. Weekends present the only opportunity we have to invest extended blocks of time doing enjoyable activities together. We live in an enviously beautiful part of the world, so it is an easy thing to go hiking in the mountains, on National Forest Service trails, or for long walks along the bay. The San Juan Islands are so close we can stand on the shore and see them.
When I do make time to sit and write or study, a second challenge is finding a place that is free of distraction. I am in awe of those authors who can write amid the commotion of their local coffee shop. That is not my gift. I need a place that is fairly quiet, with perhaps just a little white noise - the hum of a fan, or the sound of a gentle rainfall.
Finally, I have the constant challenge of being satisfied with my own work. I lost track of how many times I read through Finding Faith in Slow Motion, tweaking, rewording, adjusting, re-tweaking. At some point, you just have to accept that it is what it is, and ship it to the printer. Even with the book in print, I look at it and sigh because I think something could have been worded more effectively, or that I should have expanded on some idea or section of the manuscript.