Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Partnering: An Unexpected Gift

 

I don’t think I’m especially good at partnerships, except in my marriage (I think). I’m too stubborn, am not always prepared to compromise, and have a short attention span. So I rarely partner with a person, because I generally fear the worst—damaging or losing a friendship.

This opportunity was no exception.

One day I was exchanging emails with @iwe, and casually mentioned that if he ever took on another book project, I’d be glad to serve as proofreader and/or editor. Looking back, it’s a miracle that the heavens didn’t erupt with thunder and lightning.

As it happens, iwe had been thinking about writing another book for quite a while and was put off by the demands of the project. He wanted to write primarily for Jews that were not steeped in Judaism, but might be experiencing a spiritual call and might be ready to re-engage with their faith; he found daunting the idea of tackling his over 100 essays to organize for a book, and wondered how to accomplish all that while editing it for the less-informed reader, and trying to run a demanding business.

And then I suddenly stepped up: a retired, teshuvah/returning Jew, who was a pretty good writer and editor, who loved learning about my faith and was acquainted with iwe and his family. iwe thought I’d be the ideal partner.

Partner?? All my past experiences of partnering flashed before my eyes. Plus a hearty dose of insecurity struck me. Eventually, @iwe convinced me that we should do the project together. I was thrilled at the prospect: an unexpected gift.

So far, it’s been a joy. iwe calls it our time for learning, which indeed it is. He is learning about writing for a novice like me; I am learning a huge amount about Torah. We both feel that Hashem is engaged, guiding the process.

That, too, is an unexpected gift.

There are 9 comments.

  1. iWe Reagan
    iWe

    Susan rocks.

    • #1
    • March 12, 2019, at 8:10 AM PST
    • 8 likes
  2. Stad Thatcher

    iWe (View Comment):

    Susan rocks.

    Don’t we know it!

    • #2
    • March 12, 2019, at 8:16 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  3. PHCheese Member

    You both have excellent partners!

    • #3
    • March 12, 2019, at 8:48 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  4. Front Seat Cat Member

    Would love to see some snippets via a post or two – wishing you both great success!

    • #4
    • March 12, 2019, at 9:04 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Would love to see some snippets via a post or two – wishing you both great success!

    That’s a great suggestion, FSC! We actually posted the original introduction, but it’s gone through several revisions. We’re getting close to finishing the first booklet–it might be a series–and I’m sure we’ll announce it here. Thanks!

    • #5
    • March 12, 2019, at 9:47 AM PST
    • 3 likes
  6. Percival Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: I don’t think I’m especially good at partnerships, except in my marriage (I think). I’m too stubborn, am not always prepared to compromise, and have a short attention span. So I rarely partner with a person, because I generally fear the worst—damaging or losing a friendship.

    • #6
    • March 12, 2019, at 10:43 AM PST
    • 9 likes
  7. ShaunaHunt Member

    What a great learning experience! I always enjoy learning about other religions. 

    • #7
    • March 12, 2019, at 1:03 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    What’s fun here on Ricochet is that you can learn about many kinds of religions. I hope we’ll be hearing about people’s Lenten experiences when that time is complete.

    • #8
    • March 12, 2019, at 1:06 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  9. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    I am sure I am not alone in looking forward to the finished work from the partnership of @iwe and @susanquinn.


    This conversation is part of our Group Writing Series under the March 2019 Group Writing Theme: Unexpected Gifts. There are plenty of dates still available. Tell us about anything from a hidden talent to a white elephant. Share a great surprise or memorable failure (oh, you shouldn’t have!). Our schedule and sign-up sheet awaits.

    April’s theme will be posted after the Ides of March.

    • #9
    • March 12, 2019, at 2:37 PM PST
    • 3 likes