The Amazing Evolving Book

Cheryl Hard at Work

This thing we call our “book,” continues to shift and grow. Our first story and video post, “Thumbnail Sketch 1” was May 12, where we enthusiastically announced our intentions with, “Yikes! We’re writing a book.” Our decision to dive into this 10-year story about our ongoing Italian escapade was fairly spontaneous and full of excitement. The energy around it hasn’t diminished, and in fact, has  grown considerably. However, the form and content continues to evolve rather dramatically as you will see.

Creating the Video

Our commitment was to begin a blog using the same name as the book, “Under the Tuscan Thumb,” where we write about  everyday happenings, in a “reality style,” that occur while writing the book. That simple approach has evolved into: several weekly stories; videos called “Italian Moments;” upcoming music inclusions called “Note-able Moments;” and of course these ongoing video updates called “Thumbnail Sketches.”

Em Pretending to Work

The variety for us is overwhelmingly engaging and we have had the best time following along with the ever-changing flow and magnitude of this endeavor. However, the diversity of the various formats has challenged the very concept of the “book.” In the following video we talk openly about the issues and opportunities as well as the challenges of working together in new ways. Some secret disclosures give insight into why this project may either flourish or collapse under its own weight. Only time will tell.

Join us for a personal glimpse inside the process and then make your own conclusions.

You may also enjoy visiting our other websites:

The Journey – The Ride of a Lifetime

“Tuscan Hills” – Music from the video “Thumbnail Sketch 2”

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 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
This entry was posted in Personal Stories and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Amazing Evolving Book

  1. meyer says:

    Love the Em pretending to work! Ha he’s obviously good at it, has been 4 some time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s