Hi Friends. We know, it’s been a long blog hiatus. Luckily, that’s because we’ve been making great progress on the book. With a first draft (mostly) completed, Brandon and I had a week of intense editing in Maine in late March. Now we’re thrilled to be receiving and integrating short bike-touring narrative contributions from ~10 of our favorite “bicycle warriors”!
The next step will be to edit the book, illustrate it, and lay it out for publishing. [We are eager to bring on some more volunteer editors willing to spend a few hours providing their feedback on our pre-published draft.... let us know if you're interested!] It’s a fun, challenging, overwhelming, exciting and exhausting, and just generally incredible learning process and a true test of our discipline. We can’t wait to see the final product, and we hope you’re excited too! In a future post, we’ll share some of our lessons we learned from the early conceptualization of our idea all the way to the end product.
My friend Lucy recently shared this article with me. It was written a few years ago by John Taylor Gatto, a leading voice in the alternative education/unschooling sphere. Reading it gave me a kick of adrenaline and inspiration which I’m channeling into the book. Here’s a snippet:
Only you can educate you—and you can’t do it by memorizing. You have to find out who you are by experience and by risk-taking, then pursue your own nature intensely. [...] To know yourself, you have to keep track of your random choices, figure out your patterns, and use this knowledge to dominate your own mind. It’s the only way that free will can grow.
To pursuing our own nature intensely!
Claire (+ Brandon)