Saturday, January 2, 2010

Fire project 2010

It's a NEW YEAR! I actually cried watching the ball drop in Times Square knowing that 2009 was O-V-E-R! I am hoping that 2010 brings only good things to us and it proves to be a year of incredible healing and gives us a sense of truly being settled.

One of the projects I am working on is a book. I've been asked repeatedly since the fire if I would write about it, and the simple answer is Yes. I would eventually like to write a memoir, but for now there is a greater need. There are NO resources for people whose homes burn down. Trust me. I needed one! I needed to know how to navigate insurance, how to deal with accepting help when I wasn't a person accustomed to needing it. I needed help in understanding rebuilding options. I needed an emotional map to get me through the roller coaster of getting settled back into a new "normal."

But I need your help. If you read my blog and have survived a fire, I would love to interview you. If you know someone who has lost their home, I would love to interview them. If you work in the insurance business or construction business or the legal business or in the psych field, I would also love to talk to you. I am hoping to incorporate stories of loss and hope as well as real-world advice to help deal with the hours, days, weeks, months, and even years after such an enormous loss.

I have a proposal in the works and need to get some sample chapters ready and then will be sending off to a publisher (depending on how I do this, I *may* bypass an agent given my contacts in the industry). I am excited about this project, and I hope you will join me on this new journey!

2 comments:

  1. My house burned down when I was 16 due to lightning. Of all the rooms in the house, mine was the worst hit and we had to bulldoze the whole thing and start over. I'd love to chat with you through email!

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  2. Great!! Send me an email at life_after_the_fire@yahoo.com! I would love a perspective of losing your home as a kid.

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