Waiting… I’ve been doing a lot of it, and it’s making me a little crazy.


I’ve been doing a lot of it these last five or six months, and it’s making me a little crazy.

I’m waiting to hear back from my editor at Bantam Dell, an event which will hopefully get us into some serious line editing as we push my next book toward publication — the one I’ve been working on for six years. She told me this morning that she’s taking the manuscript to the Pennsylvania backwoods this Thanksgiving week and hopes to get the first set of pages to me after the holiday. Dear God, I hope so.

In the meantime, I thought I’d do some writing about the project itself.

Today is also my son’s tenth birthday and the 75th anniversary of the departure from Alameda Island of Pan Am’s first commercial transpacific flight — a very important event in my upcoming book, the one I’m waiting to hear back from Tracy about.

Here it is, the China Clipper leaving for Honolulu on the first commercial transpacifc flight, November 22, 1935
The China Clipper passing the Golden Gate Bridge, under construction in 1935


  1. Leesl and Kate! Thanks for your kind words. You two are two of the best friends a guy could ever hope to have. I’m really excited to whip this thing into shape for publication. It’s a GREAT story. Love you both, GC

  2. I’m thrilled to see that you’ve started a blog. I loved your book, Enduring Patagonia and I’m looking forward to reading China’s Wings. What you’ve blogged about so far is really interesting, and I appreciate the opportunity to get some insight into the process by which China’s Wings is being born.

  3. Great idea, awesome blog! Happy Birthday to Ry and to you for 10 years of what I consider remarkable parenting.
    Your writing continues to be inspirational, looking forward to this next book!

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