Though I don’t yet have a specific date, the next book in the Anointed trilogy (it seems to require a name of some sort to qualify it as a trilogy, if for no other reason than to amuse me and my publisher), Flutter: An Epic of Mass Distraction, will be in stores in spring of 2011. It still seems a long way off, but that’s the process, and I have no choice but to wait it out, nervously tapping away as the editorial process ensues, as characters and plot lines are dissected, as event dates are put together, and as the reviews and blurbs trickle in. In the meantime, however, the preliminary jacket art is in, and I can’t help but feel like it’s headed in the right direction.
No telling where it’ll wind up, but it definitely represents the theme of the book well. I’ll post the changes as they are made. Feel free to drop in your thoughts.
“Bishop” Eddie Long.
Who made him a Bishop, anyway?
He made his first public statements regarding the sexual misconduct charges Sunday morning, at 8am, from the pulpit. The mere fact that his first statements to the charges were delivered from the pulpit is more telling than anything he said. How better to draw further attention to the “church” and bolster its reach than to have the media in attendance, broadcasting your (lack of) denial, while thousands of followers scream and holler and praise JeebusAlmighty. It was a circus. It was exactly right for what he is. If you read the transcript, it’s quite obvious from the outset that he’s proud of the attention–the opportunity even–that this scandal has brought his church.
“Good morning New Birth. And good morning to all our other guests.
And I would be remiss not to say good morning to the world.
You all may be seated in the presence of the Lord.
I do want to remind folk that we’re here at 8 every Sunday morning. Every Sunday morning.
And I’ll be here next week.”
The other bit that struck me was, fittingly, at the end of his presentation:
“Please hear this. Please hear this: I’ve been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man. But this thing I’m gon’ fight.
And I want you to to know one other thing. I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.”
He never denies the accusations. He never defends his actions. He simply states that it is a hard time for him, that he’s been accused, and that he–the pastor of a mega-church–feels like David, fighting for his life against the giant, Goliath. I believe he may have that bit backwards, however. These young men, whether honest or deceitful, are not Goliath. The man who deemed himself anointed by God, the “Bishop” of 25,000 people willing to put money on his name, the person that is as much a politician of faith as he is an admitted multi-national corporation, stands with far more might, and far more capable defense than young men, who are armed with nothing more than accusations, and a date in court.
From the shelves of the departed Wordsmiths Books vault, I leave you with a video of the Harry Potter cover band, Draco & the Malfoys. They were one of a few who passed through, and one of my favorites (though the Remus Lupins are right there as well). Their performance–with the rest of the gang that day for Wizard Rock–ranks as one of my favorite memories. If you are a Potter-head, and haven’t heard these guys, then by all means, give them a listen.