I am starting back from nothing in two ways today. I am starting this blog, which launches into the biblioblog part of the blogosphere. While I will be writing about the themes of my existing websites (Early Christian Writings, Early Jewish Writings, and Christian Origins), I may stray into other topics and other projects. This will be my only blog, so it will be a reflection of what I’m thinking about or working on at the time. My blog is informal and may not even reflect my own views a week from now, so if you see something wrong, a comment would be appreciated. May I always be open to a change of mind and ready to admit a mistake!
I am also starting my library from nothing, or almost nothing, because I did have four books on the Dead Sea Scrolls that my sister had found left in her apartment. I had sold all of my books because I had been moving around a bit, most importantly to Norway where I met my wife and married her in 2012. Last year, we found out that I would not be able to immigrate to Norway to be with her, so I packed my life back into two bags, and now we have an apartment in California.
I have a strong itch to create new things and to make my living that way, working for myself. To make this possible, I have saved up a little from jobs and now have set out to do the fun, hard work of going it on your own. Most of the projects that I have imagined working on have involved software of some kind, whether that is for business, for games, or for some kind of website. The first one that I want to work on, though, is not chosen for being lucrative (it isn’t) but for being more closely related to what I have already been working on. That project is to improve myself as a student of the subject of the early Christian writings, to improve the websites I have regarding it, and to turn this into something more: an app, an e-book, perhaps even a plain old paperback.
(Cue the Beatles’ song, “Paperback Writer.”)
You may find it useful to have a list of the books I chose to reboot with. I intend to use them in conjunction with Bible software that has commentaries on and the text of the Bible, such as Logos, and online access to journals.