Thank you for all your kind thoughts and allergy advice for Ezra yesterday - he's doing just fine, and asking every few hours to go back to the ER where the chocolate milk and Lawrence Welk flow freely. Let's hope that's not the case.
So, book number 2 is in the works! I've been working on it for a few months now, but I've been a little shy to mention here. Considering the first one isn't even published yet, I hardly expect anyone to get as excited as I about it. But excited, I am! During the writing of The Creative Family, I had this other book project that kept coming to mind and just wouldn't go away. Dang those ideas that stick. As it worked out, Shambhala/Trumpeter was interested and we began working on the development of book 2 this spring. I'm so pleased to be working with them again, and so pleased (an understatement) to be writing another book (this one will be out in early 2009) - it feels wonderful to keep the writing momentum going. This one is a bit different from The Creative Family in that it's a tried-and-true, project-based craft book. But it's also full of some of my other loves - thrifting, family projects, and a little bit of history. I'm having lots of fun - alone and with the kids - writing and making for this one. But it also means there's a lot of crafting going on around here that I just can't show you yet. So far, there seems to be no shortage of words from me (good god, I can go on, can't I?), so I fully expect blogging to continue as it always does. Except for those crunch weeks (first deadline is in November)when we'll call upon my trusty and adorable sidekick for some SoulePapa blogging once again! I can't wait for that!
This second book will include much more photography than the first - a challenge I'm both excited and intimidated by. So, what to do when feeling slightly inadequate and nervous about the job? Well, buy better and bigger gear, of course (hee). Let me introduce you to my new appendage - the Nikon D80 (in this photo - with the snazzy 18 - 200mm VR lens that I'm gaga over - Vibration Reduction, how brilliant is that?). I've been thinking and researching and saving for a while now to replace my D50, and yesterday was finally the day. Yay! There's going to be a little bit of a learning curve while I figure this one out, but it's got all the comfort of the Nikons I'm familiar with. Which is a very good thing...because my favorite little subjects don't sit still and wait for very long. Gotta love 'em up (and snap) while you can.