When I was at the AMA meeting, we ended up, beforehand, briefly talking about what it’s like to be a minister’s kid. I tell people it’s a lot like being a military brat, because that’s the easiest answer, but the truth is that it’s not. Military kids are good friends to make if you’re a minister’s kid, because they know what it’s like to so often be the new kid, but they don’t really know what it’s like to feel like the pet of some large group of people.
In an interview I did, which y’all will be able to read at the end of the month, the interviewer asked me what brought me to the supernatural genre and this light went on–I have never not been in the supernatural genre. Literally, my whole worldview, from the time I was born, was shaped by stories of supernatural beings.
One of the things I’ve been wondering about with this whole Bishop Long thing is what, exactly, is the nature of his calling? I know callings take all kinds of forms. But did he literally hear a voice? Did he just feel called? Was he always just looking for a con he could run?
I sometimes think there is a distinction Christians could do a better job of making for themselves. There’s a difference between being tapped into supernatural energy and being in communication with God, I think. One is the static you get when the radio is working. The other is the station coming in.
I suspect a lot of ministers mistake the former for the latter. Of course, how could you know?
How do you know if you’re crazy? Worse, how do you know if you’re wrong?
It’s funny, I was over setting up a reading for the book and I had heard that the woman who runs the place has great ghost stories. And they were! And I was telling her some stuff and, half way through, I thought, is it weird that I accept, no, know, that places have a vibe, a kind of energy and that I just talk about it like it’s completely apparent to everyone?
It’s so true to me, like if you walk into a room and it’s cold, you don’t really doubt that it’s cold. If you walk in and it feels comfortable or not, I also don’t doubt that. It just seems like available information. I don’t even think of it as supernatural. But it’s woo woo crap–vibes. Places having vibes.
Anyway, I think the only people who really know what it’s like are other ministers’ kids.