Around this time last year, the world looked very different. Book events, travel, college tours we were planning to take with our high schooler were all canceled. We had no idea what the future was even going to look like. I remember journaling, taking long walks in the trails near my house in hopes of finding solace and answers in nature, and always being right on the verge of tears. Tears for so many losses that were greater than mine. Tears of gratitude for you and this community. Tears for stepping deep into the not knowing what was coming next.
The upside of the tumultuous year of 2020 for me was just that—embracing the not knowing and breathing into a quieter pace of life.
A strange thing happened. I started writing more. A lot more. Writing has always been an escape for me, but it became a tether last year—a way to ground myself and stay present in the moment without spinning into every possible worst-case scenario. I mean (full disclosure), I did plenty of that too, but I tried to remember to go back to words when I found myself in those dark places.
I continue to believe that words have the power to transform us. I know that they helped transform my fear last year into something beautiful and new, and I’m excited to share that journey with you.
One question that often comes up is, “what is the writing process like?” Well, I’m going to share it with you. I’ve been documenting every step of my journey with a new project (projects really) born out of the need to create. I want to invite you to come along with me from the seed of an idea to sending this new book out into the world. I’m doing it differently this time, and I want you to be part of it. In the weeks ahead, I’m going to be asking for your input on cover designs, and bookish boxes, and so much more. This new project isn’t a mystery, although, like every work of fiction, it has mysterious elements and, of course, because I’m writing it, touches of food and family connections. It’s a love letter to books and to their magical ability to shape the world around us.
I can’t wait to share it with you, and I hope you’ll lend your thoughts and insight along the way!