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Good question! Now that my new book, From No-Knead to Sourdough, has been officially released, what’s next on the agenda?


While I don’t have a specific plan right now for another book, I always have ideas. Frankly, I’d prefer to take a year or two off from books to concentrate on building up the speaking part of my career. But… it seems I have been well and truly bitten by the writing bug. It’s a very interesting combination of things, writing and speaking. Writing is naturally a fairly solitary pursuit, while speaking is anything but solitary. I have been in front of as many as 600 at a time, and I love it! The energy I get from interacting with an audience, sharing what I’ve learned and and learning from their experiences and questions, is hard to describe. Hey… come hear me speak sometime, and I’ll show you what I mean!


So what AM I doing with all my (ha ha) spare time, now that the book is out? Last December, I enrolled in a certification class in small-engine repair. Believe it or not, this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time; I’ve always loved to fix things, and have an oddly mechanical mind. I’ve worked on cars for years, including rebuilding the motor on my 1969 Karmann Ghia several years ago, so this isn’t an entirely new thing for me. Anyone who has a lawn to mow, logs to cut up, or a generator to tide you over the wintertime power outages will easily understand what a useful skill it is to be able to maintain, troubleshoot and repair small-engine equipment.


I will be finishing up that class this summer, then taking the certification tests. I may decide to offer repair services on a limited basis, or I may just keep on enjoying the incredibly empowering feeling of being able to deal with a wide range of repair and maintenance chores on my own.


As for speaking, I am contemplating putting together one or more TED talks. It seems like a format that fits very well with my speaking style, and I’m excited to take on this new challenge. TED is all about sharing ideas, which is exactly what I love to do.


I can hardly believe I’m actually thinking about another book right now, but sometimes that voice just will not be kept quiet. I’ve had an idea about a memoir percolating around in the back of my head for a while now. We’ll see where that goes. A lot of the things I’ve been thinking deeply about lately have to do with family; specifically, the importance of the family as the basis for a successful society. Not quite sure yet where that’s going either, but it feels important so I’m focusing on that. I had several very interesting conversations with my mother this week while visiting her in Seattle, and that has helped clarify my thought process on that subject.


So… what’s next? Plenty. Stay tuned.