Fierce Compassion is LAUNCHED!
Well, friends, it's been almost exactly two years since our first post about this project, and now Fierce Compassion has been released into the world.
On Saturday June 9, we... Read more
Donaldina goes to school
Last Friday was Kathryn's final day of high school. Instead of celebrating by lounging at the pool, she has spent her first week of summer break, with her mom, speaking... Read more
"I have found that there are three stages in any great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done." –Hudson Taylor
We're not... Read more
Fierce Compassion now for sale!
News! News! Happy news! Pre-sales of Fierce Compassionbegin today. To launch the book, we decided to send $5 from each of this month's purchases to organizations that defend slave... Read more
Nerf guns, peas & printers
Kristin: What should I write on the Kickstarter update?
Kathryn: Nerf guns are awesome.
(Last night, Barb & Abby came by with a surprise basket of essentials for a late... Read more
Heard in my home this week...
Clara (in a frenzy of trying to clean her room, which she shares with her author sister): Everywhere I go all I can see... Read more
When reading a new book, I often start with the acknowledgements. I enjoy the glimpses into the author's personality, community, and experience of book-writing.
I love the feeling of being... Read more
This morning I was at my desk at the window while it was dark out. I was still there when it got dark again. In between, I watched snow fall,... Read more
The house is quiet for two or three days, and Kathryn and I are furiously editing and revising...again and again, and then some more. At this moment, she's editing my... Read more
A Book Coming Together
We're both sprinting through a very busy autumn. Kathryn has managed to pull ahead of her mom in working on the book, but, happily, Mom thinks that she sees a... Read more
Thank you, Mr. President!
I found Abe Lincoln in the library. He has kindly agreed to help me out by listening while I read Chapter 2. He's made some great suggestions so far. He... Read more
Writing Challenge 3 - Finding your coauthor!
Kristin: Tell me why you don't sit at a desk to write.
Kathryn: Desks are so uncomfortable, and they hinder the creative juices.
Kristin: Why do you wander all over... Read more
Writing Challenge 2 - The Ladder of Abstraction
Good morning! This update is especially for the edification and enjoyment of the writers among you.
Roy Peter Clark's book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer is a good... Read more
Writing Challenge 1: Writing!
The biggest challenge we're facing with this book now is sitting down to do it. The rest of life doesn't politely urge us, "Please let us stay on the sidelines... Read more
One year ago, on June 7, we posted a project description on kickstarter and waited eagerly to see what would happen. Would we really write this book?
Since then, we... Read more
We landed at San Francisco International Airport. Our wonderful host took us for a Vietnamese pho lunch, then we headed straight for the Stanford University Special Collection Reading Room. The... Read more
Molly and Clare
I'd like to introduce you to Molly. Molly is my Macbook (named after Molly Gibson of Wives and Daughters), and has been my near-constant companion these last several weeks.... Read more
We are working on a chapter about Donaldina's sabbatical, in which she travels to Scotland to spend time with relatives (including a sister she had never met), and China to... Read more
Writing is Rewriting...
Kathryn has the first 70 minutes of every school day to work on the book. This morning, she sent me a picture of how one page of the manuscript looked... Read more
Happy New Year!
Well, Kathryn and Kristin's big Christmas gift is a trip back to San Francisco! We're going to take a long weekend in February for another round of research.... Read more
I was at Phil's office holiday party yesterday, and conversation around the table was flagging. Happily, I know of a pretty sure social jump-start. When asked "What are you doing... Read more
Piles of papers everywhere, multiple versions of drafts floating around on two laptops and on google docs, stacks of books with sticky notes, trips to the study room of the... Read more
The International Justice Mission
We were recently honored with a visit from Jim Martin, Vice President of Church Mobilization at the International Justice Mission. Jim came from Washington D.C. to speak to our campus... Read more
Photo of the "week" 2
The Immigration Station
On Saturday of our fantabulous trip, we took the ferry across the water to Angel Island. Until the end of the day, it was cold. It was... Read more
Did you hear that long exhale of breath? That's me. First school day with no school since Sept. 6 First evening home alone in...well, I don't know how... Read more
Photo of the week 1
Kathryn and I will take turns posting once-a-week pictures from our San Francisco trip for your enjoyment.
Cameron House, our San Francisco home, is on Sacramento Street, near the top... Read more
Leaving San Francisco
Our fantastic week here in San Francisco is already coming to a close. This trip has far exceeded our expectations and it has been saturated with good conversations, delicious food,... Read more
Leaving on the Morrow!
Tomorrow we embark on our journey to the west!
We feel so blessed to have this incredible opportunity to go and to learn and observe and take in the sights,... Read more
Good morning, team!
Hurrah! The funding deadline has arrived, and you are now the official team of the Fierce Compassion book-writing adventure.
This group includes people from east coast and west coast, as... Read more
A word about money
DID YOU KNOW?
In 1854, the California Supreme Court ruled that Chinese could not testify in court against white defendants, because the Chinese were "a race of people whom nature... Read more
Fierce Compassion's Youngest Backers
Driving onto a friend's street to pick up my daughter Clara, I spotted her with her two companions, by the side of the road, hosting a lovely lemonade and bake... Read more
Climbing out of windows
I am reading The Hatchet Men: San Francisco's Chinatown in the Days of the Tong Warsby Richard Dillon. It describes how Chinese men immigrating to San Francisco in the... Read more
We love our library!
The Hatchet Men: The Story of the Tong Wars in San Francisco's Chinatown
How does that sound for summer beach reading?
Thanks to our wonderful local library plus the beauty... Read more
I, Kristin (the old, MOM half of this writing team), was doing cartwheels in the family room this afternoon after a conversation with the youth director at Cameron House.
Why... Read more
June 19: Day 1
Welcome to the official kick-off of Fierce Compassion!
Why call today the beginning? Because of The Storyboard, now mounted along our stairway. A storyboard (or case map, if you're a... Read more
Fun historial connections
I just noticed the similar lifespans of Donaldina Cameron (1869-1968) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957). Two strong and charming women, both born as daughters of pioneer fathers (Laura's in the... Read more