Monday, August 28, 2017

Jump: The Things I Remind Myself

Jump: The Things I Remind Myself is here! Order your copy on Amazon, in paperback or Kindle format (or both!)







Here's some of my posts from the Facebook launch party:



So the title of the book is Jump: The Things I Remind Myself

I picked this title because of one of the poems in the book, the only one of my own that I have actually memorized. It's called Jump:
All she wanted
was a hand to holdas she jumped off the cliffuntil she learned that maybejumping off the cliff was really justthe metaphor for taking a stepall by herselfwithout a hand to hold.


As some of you may know, I have anxiety, and I go between being super excited about all this adult stuff and doing my writing and presenting it to the world, and completely losing my mind in endless worries and meltdowns over it. I wrote the poem Jump almost a year ago. Actually, it sort of wrote itself. I looked down at my paper and there it was. I have always remembered it since then, without really sitting down to memorize it.

As some of my brothers can tell you, we used to go jumping off this little cliff at my aunt's house when we were little. (That was one of the things my dad wished I hadn't told him, about twelve years after the fact.) It wasn't a cliff, exactly, it was this steep bank in a gravel pit. We would jump out, and about three feet down we'd hit the bank and slide down the rest of the way. Those few seconds in midair were heaven. I felt like a butterfly, like I could just drift off on a passing breeze.

At some point I got scared of jumping. I got scared of testing things. I got scared of trying out new things and exploring and poking at things with a stick (or my bare hands) and just generally being curious. And while I'm working over that, and I'll tell you about the adventure I had yesterday when I temporarily misplaced myself, I'm still can be nervous about people. I'm not nearly as bad as I was about Spinner of Secrets, but it is still a process.

This book has been a stretch. It's been pushing myself. To do Spinner of Secrets, I had to learn to let other people help me. To do Jump, I had to do it myself. I had to just sit down and do it. It was hard. It's been so incredibly worth it, and this is the first day the book is public.

Anyway. Here's a pair of butterflies. (I did take this one myself.)





What's up next?

The Ocean And I is a short scrapbook type collection of poetry, prose, and photos. Not 100% sure when that will be coming out, but it should be in the next few weeks.

No Dragons, Please! is a children's short story I wrote for my youngest brother a couple years ago, that I'm revising for publication in November. Here's my absolute favorite line from that one:

"I told you, I don't know how to fight a dragon! The last thing I want to do is get killed!"

"If you're avoiding death, maybe you should have considered an occupation other than a knight,” Ninnia muttered.



Amazon - Jump: The Things I Remind Myself

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Liebster Award 2017

The Liebster Award is spread from blogger to blogger to give smaller blogs some extra love!
Right after my second book release, I got this news: I got nominated for the Liebster Award!
I was nominated by my sweet friend Rebekah DeVall, over at Rebekah DeVall Wordpress Thank you, Bekah!
Here's her nomination post: Liebster Award Nominations
Rebekah is such a gifted writer and beautiful person in general, go check her work out. I'm over the moon excited for her book Aveza of the Ercanhelm that comes out in October 2017.



Here are the rules for the nomination:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  5. List these rules in your post
  6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)
  7. Post a comment in the comments of –> the award post <– so your post and blog can be viewed.
(Why do they always need favorites?!)

One of my most frequently visited blogs is Hannah Heath, Writer 

She puts out great articles and content about writing, character development, and more. She was one of my first introductions into the blogging world, and her thoughtful responses to my comments and excitement about my book launches, were a huge encouragement. When I find myself wanting more details about a character, I go check her blog. Her information is sound and easy to process and utilize. 



1: Gabriella Slade This girl is so sweet and such a talented writer. I'm looking forward to her book Show Me.

2: The Fandom Studio My friend Kylie Gregory blogs here.

3: Abigayle Ellison @ The Left Handed Typist Abi's book Martin Hospitality is a really sweet story and I keep stalking her updates on the sequel. 

4: Castin Camberlain Cas's blog! She did up a bit of the graphic work for Jump: The Things I Remind Myself launch party.

5: Petra Grace Petra does photography AND writing, and she's very good at both. 

6: Writer's Corner This blog is just starting up, but she's got some cool prompts and writing-related posts. And her poetry! 



Friday, August 11, 2017

Jump: Release Party!



Jump: The Things I Remind Myself releases on August 20th (assuming the last bug with the cover format works out - cross your fingers!)

I'll be posting videos, answers questions, and running a giveaway, over on my Facebook page. The event runs from 7pm to 8pm EDT, but I will probably leave the giveaway open for a couple days for those who can't make it.




Jump: The Things I Remind Myself also includes ten pencil sketches! I'm so happy with the quality of the printing job, and excited to share them with you!


This event is all online, so if you mark that you're attending the party, you'll get notified when I make a post in the discussion for you to interact with.