I edited my About page yesterday. It wasn’t a huge edit. If we’re talking about word count, it was a tiny edit. Just a sentence to say that I’m writing a book. My first book. It’s scheduled to hit shelves in January of 2016 and I’m calling it Simple Matters.
Sharp intake of breath. Shoulder wriggle. Squeal. Exhale. On repeat, every single time I think about it.
The book will be about paring down and whittling away and finding time and space for the things that really matter. The simple matters. Because simple does matter. In tiny spaces. And in much larger spaces. You with me?
The manuscript is due this spring and so I’m hunkering down to do the hard work of writing. In the process I’m doing my best to remember that heart-breakingly good line from the best heartbreaker of all time, Annie Dillard: “How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend we our lives.” I’m reminding myself not to panic about all of those words due in just a few short months. I’m making a ritual out of it. I’m making cups of strong tea before settling into the couch with my laptop. I’m reading inspiring books on the subway ride home from bringing Faye to our babysitter. I’m typing out sentences. Erasing them. Putting them back together again. And trusting that at the end of it all there will be a message that resonates outside of my own four walls.
I’m so grateful to have a platform to share my thoughts with you guys here. And I’m overjoyed to be working on a new project with the encouraging and whip-smart editors at Abrams. Lots more to come here, and in just a little over a year, a little book for you to curl up with. (Tea in hand optional, but recommended.)