It’s Here!

Did we do it? Did I do it? Did I actually write and publish a book?!

Yesterday was crazy busy. Between doctors appointments, an actual day job, therapy, and book release things, I may not have been able to manage well without coffee and snacks, but I made it! And we have a book!

This has been a long time coming, and I’ve struggled a lot over the years with what this book could (and should) be, but I didn’t give up on it (even when I was exhausted and scared). I am so proud of how this book turned out, yall!

That’s it, that’s the tweet. I’ve been finding myself saying this a lot lately, lol.

I’m having a Zoom party on the 13th to celebrate. Visit our book page to purchase a copy of the book and register for the party. Those who register and attend, will be entered to win a gift box from me.

What’s in the box? Check it out (my annoying need to make other people happy may dictate more goes into this box, but I’m trying to keep her in check, so what you see is definitely what the winner will be getting):

I hope you all love it!

Happy Reading!


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!

Let me Introduce You to My Book Cover

When I was first thinking about this cover reveal, I decided I would split the image into twelve pieces and post one piece every Tuesday and Friday for six weeks. After the second day, I was annoyed with the thought of it [smacks forehead]. Last week, I decided to post a new row of images (3 pieces) Tuesday, Friday, and today until the cover was complete in my Instagram feed.

By the end of today, the full cover will be visible on the @ninentwo Instagram grid. However, since this blog and whoever reads it have been with me through this entire process, I wanted to show you the cover first. Also, the way the cover images were separated resulted in a little bit of distortion, so the image on Instagram isn’t perfect.

Here it is, the cover for Discovering My Outside Voice: Essays and Short Stories:

The book is being prepared to be available for sale on November 1st to kick off my favorite month. Let me know what you think of the cover!

Happy Reading!