Camping Dec67

Photo courtesy the Wilson Family

After two-and-a-half months of biting my fingernails, waiting for feedback, imagining the worst, I received word from the book committee yesterday that I can finally begin penning the Bates Wilson story.

I was commissioned nearly a year ago to write a book about Bates Wilson, “Father of Canyonlands,” for the Bates Wilson Legacy Fund. The biography will be published in 2014. In the midst of our move and marriage, I completed the outline for the story, turned it in, and then began waiting. And worrying. But yesterday’s news included no changes to the outline, just a simple, “The consesus was that we want you to move forward with all your skills and abilities!!” Fantastic.

So, now begins the fun part: writing. Finally.