It's probably not the book you're expecting it to be. It's not the story of me and John and the twins (although that's under discussion, too). This first book is going to be a collection of free/very inexpensive stuff to do as a family, to be published by Hallmark. It will be organized to span a calendar year, with one activity per week. The activities are intended for preschool/grade-school aged kids and their grown-ups.
I'm very excited to be working on this, but also a little daunted, so here is where I shamelessly ask you all for help. Free/inexpensive entertainment seems to me to fall into the same category as quick, healthy meals. We all have our few favorites, and we seem to do the same ones over and over. My quick list of free/inexpensive activities gets me about 1/3 of the ideas I need. Who can help me out? Feel free to post ideas in comments or to e-mail them to me. If you're thinking, "Screw you, come up with your own ideas!", I hear you. I'm embarrassed to ask—I'm quite awful at asking for help. Given the book's production schedule, however, I need to use all the resources I have available to me, and you, my readers, are one of my best.
Thanks in advance. I'm going to be hunkered down writing for the next few weeks, but I'll try to come for air and post. It will be nice to be occupied for a while rather than just preoccupied. Being preoccupied takes up so much brain space.