I have proof I wrote a book!

Writing this book has been on my mind for several years, but it wasn’t until my short story “Makers of Men” was accepted for publication in midnight & indigo last year that I truly committed to publishing a collection of my own. I’d been writing Discovering My Outside Voice in pieces and parts for a long time before I knew what the collection would be, and I’ve spent the last year forming it into something that should look like a book.

One of the things I’ve learned about writing a book is it doesn’t even register that you’re writing a book until you have a physical copy in your hands. Well, that’s how it worked for me, anyway.

I’d been staring at Word documents for so long, telling myself and other people I was writing a book, but receiving my proof copy was the thing that solidified in me that I have really written a book. It’s still surreal to me, especially because I had very low expectations for this book for a long time. I kept telling myself it was just another one of my fun little projects to exercise my gifts and that it was just for me. The more real it becomes, though, the more hope I have for it. I even wrote a note on the inside cover of my proof copy as it is, literally, the first printed copy of my book. I imagine it being sold at auction for millions of dollars one day in the future as a testament to the abundant life I lived once I started walking in my gifts.

That’s a lot of vision, I know.

Honestly, there’s just something about putting our gifts to work that makes the days brighter and our happy… happier. Or maybe that’s just me?

I’ve been in a bit of a holding pattern the past couple of weeks because of bank account stuff keeping me from finishing the KDP publishing process, but I’ve needed the mental break.

November 1st is publishing day! Discovering My Outside Voice will be available in print on Amazon and eBook in several places. I may decide to make it available to purchase here through NINE & TWO Press, but that’s to be decided later.

What are you accomplishing that you are super excited about? Whether it’s releasing some form of art, a major purchase, or making it out of bed and into the shower, I want to know what’s got you excited this week.

Happy Writing!

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