|The idea for Biding Time began at a bus stop in California, watching two
teen boys try to learn the settings on a watch. The story meandered until
it became that of Frank Myers, who used his new watch to learn more
about the world and his late uncle's place in it. Along the way, he figures
out more about how he fits in, too.
| As the young Frank Myers grows up in the schools and on the streets of
Washington, D.C., his path crosses that of the uncle he never met
through the memories of his uncle's friends, especially at the Veterans
Outreach Center. Frank has his own friends, especially Eric, so he
doesn't focus too much on his uncle. But, it's other Vietnam vets who
may save Frank from the problems youth of the late 1980s find in DC,
problems Eric seems drawn to.