Sha’al is coming along pretty good. I’m getting a steady stream of ideas and Scripture to roll into the book. The last time I checked, I think we’re 45% of the way done with the rough draft. Shooting for: 55 chapters / 511 pages / 126,000 words.

I don’t know if we’ll make the October 30th deadline. But it’s an arbitrary deadline because quality and story trump speed. 

It’s a difficult balance keeping the pace of the read fast and include enough detail to help the reader paint the picture in their minds. 

One of the more fascinating elements I’m trying to paint involves a retrofitted destroyer that’s been modified into a personal yacht. 

I also realize that this story, which takes place over a five month period, could be expanded upon to fill up many more pages. However, that would slow the pace of the book down. So we focus on only what we need and build from there. 

I wonder what it will look like when Mattisyahu and Sarah drive through Iraq…