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The Kind of Person that says WOO HOO

kim kircher

Woo Hoo!!

“I wish I was the kind of person that said, Woo Hoo.” A college friend once told me. Sandra is elegant, she is sophisticated, she is well put-together. But she’s not the type of person to sling high-fives around and you know, yell at the top of her lungs.

Over the years I’ve wondered myself about the importance of the Woo Hoo. Am I the kind of person that says, Woo Hoo? What is the virtue of maximum enthusiasm?

What’s the value of not being cool and instead letting our excitement wash over us in an embarrassing vocal outburst?

When Sandra made that declaration all those years ago, I had agreed in a sort of “humble brag”. Too bad we aren’t like those pathetic frat boys getting all excited about the smallest little thing.

Dude! That was awesome! High-Five!

Instead I melted under a blanket of cool, blended into the gray surroundings of Evergreen State College, and didn’t make waves.

Now, as I embark again on the book publishing process, I’ve decided to make a change. I am going to be the kind of person that declares, Woo Hoo! anytime my new project gains even a slight bit of momentum. So, here I am waving my freak flag, because I have a new book and I have a new agent and he’s right now, as I type, sending it out to publishing houses.  And you know what? That deserves an all caps WOO HOO!!!


Jumping for joy on the banks of the Salmon River

What is this new book about, you might ask? (I can hear you asking, and I’m letting out a very tiny woo hoo right now.) The book examines the risks and rewards in extreme sports. Looking at athlete’s stories and going beyond the “adrenaline junkie” stereotype to examine the brain science and experience of getting out on the edge.

One thing I’ve learned so far about the book publishing world, is that there’s no final destination. Instead, I have learned to celebrate each little milestone, every little moment and encouragement along the way. I’ll be keeping y’all posted on the book’s progress, and taking the time to high-five myself along the way (which isn’t as awkward as you might think, it’s kind of like clapping, but even better).

So you know what?


Publishing Is a Long Road


Many of you have asked for an update on my memoir, The Next Fifteen Minutes.  While I don’t have any news to report on that front, other than I hope to have the contract signed and the process underway soon, I can offer an update on what I’ve been doing lately. 

Publishing doesn’t end with the last key stroke, or when you sign an agent (the wonderful Kit Ward) or when you find a publisher (the halleluah! moment).  There’s a whole lot more to it than that. 

There’s this blog for one thing.  And I opened a twitter account (God help me!).  I have also been doing some “real” writing, or at least the kind of writing I might get paid for–magazine articles. 

Women’s Adventure Magazine has an upcoming (small, tiny) article I wrote about doing avalanche control work.  I’ve pitched stories to Ski Patrol Magazine, The New York Times “Modern Love” column, AdventuresNWSeattle Woman Magazine, and a few others.  So far I’ve heard back from Ski Patrol Magazine, asking me to write an article on spec (editor short hand for “no promises”), send it in and see if it works for them.   

I have also written a few guest posts on other blogs (I will update you here when those are posted), found a few kind souls to offer me “blurbs” for my memoir (the one-line praise on the back jacket extolling the virtues of the book), and found other adventure writers to guest post here (stay tuned). 

Other than that, I’m twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the snow to fall, painting the ski patrol room and the Forest Service Ski Area sign at Crystal (click here to view the makeover) and practicing the answer to the question “So what do you do?” (I’m an author, of course).

Great News


I just heard back from an editor.  She wants to offer me a contract for my memoir, The Next Fifteen Minutes.  I’m so thrilled.  When I read her email, I got so excited that I jumped on my bed, bumped into the edge of the bedpost and got a pretty good-sized goose egg right on my quad.  So much for grace and humility.

Six weeks ago I attended the PNWA Writer’s Conference, and while I met several agents and a few editors that I would end up sending pages to, I definitely had my “eye” on a few.  I figured that a perfect trio (me, my agent, an editor) to bring this memoir about would be the very ones I am now about to sign with. 

When the ink is dry, as they say, I will let you all know more.  But I don’t want to jinx it. 

Pretty soon The Next Fifteen Minutes will be on your neighborhood bookstore.  Yahoo!