Yikes! We’re writing a book.

Today we begin the process of writing, blogging and filming!

Here we go on this wild adventure of writing our book (working title: Under the Tuscan Thumb—10 years of trying to live in Italy as true Italians). As usual, one of us begins a story then the other rewrites it any way they think might improve it—no questions asked. Then back to the other for further revisions and so on, until we agree that there is nothing left to change. At that point it is finished. The fascinating part of this “volley-writing” technique is that any number of pleasant surprises may occur that neither of us anticipated. When a story is finished, it is the perfect blend of co-writing, and is often unrecognizable from its first draft and always better than we imagined.

As we write, we will be using this blog as a place to share both the challenges and successes along the way during this ad-hoc process—a “reality” series, of sorts, where you can stop in to see how things are going. We welcome your comments, ideas and suggestions.

In addition, linked to the blog, we will be making update videos every so often.  Drop by to check on our moods, progress and concerns as the project unfolds. You will also get a peek into the surroundings here that we find so inspiring—bell’ Italia!

We just finished the first video today, and are calling the ongoing series “Thumbnail Sketches.”

Please share our sites with your friends. Our web site covers the first 10 years of our partnered journey through stories, music and art at www.uncommonpromise.com. Thanks for participating in our community, exchanging views and opinions.


Cheryl and Emerson

You may also enjoy visiting our other websites:

“Tuscan Hills” – Music from the video “Thumbnail Sketches”

Uncommon Promise Video Channel

Uncommon Promise Story, Music and Art

The UP Side Lowdown by Cheryl

New Music – Virtual CD

In Touch In Tuscany


About cheryl & emerson

The Ride of a Lifetime! After sixteen years of trying to live in Italy as "true Italians," we set out to write a book about our experiences. As it turns out, we ended up doing a lot more than just writing a book because we decided that to capture the essence, we really needed music, poetry, drawings, videos and more. So, that's exactly what we did. You can find our complete body of work at www.uncommonpromise.wordpress.com. We hope you can visit us from time to time—let us know what your personal adventure looks like. Perhaps we can all glean some inspiration to go out and write a new chapter in our own stories! Wishing you the best, Cheryl and Emerson
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2 Responses to Yikes! We’re writing a book.

  1. Aaron says:

    Very excited to follow along. This is a great idea for a book.

  2. Caterina says:

    I really like the volley-writing method which you have developed. It has good potential to bring out the most vivid memories and best writing from both of you. As Barbara Caporicci would say, “Buon Lavoro!”


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