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!