Monday, February 22, 2016

Good News!

Hi ya all.

It's been months. Yes. Months.

I have tons of stories, and little things I've wanted to pen down, and tell you.
Christmas and New Years has come and gone, lots living, lots of physical therapy with my elbow. And I'm still working on getting full motion back. It's been a long, long road.
        I feel like I have about ten bazillion stories I want to tell you at once. I even have a really good Christmas story adventure that is worth sharing. I've always been jealous of people with those warm fuzzy Christmas stories to tell, true stories, that happen, but don't happen to me.
It's weird because I actually have one now. Maybe I'll tell it to you sometime soon. But because I'm bursting with some good news. I'm just going to tell you!!

 My book, The Unsame Ones, is finally, finally, finally coming out Feb 26, 2016!!!!!!

Seriously. I didn't ever think this day would come, for all the sabotages that have been tossed my way. But it's for real, and true!!!
This Friday. Boom. It's out. Finished!

 It's a book about finding your voice, the power of music, the strength of individuality, and overcoming the pull of Same.

It's been a long journey. Much looooooooooooonger than I ever thought. The whole idea for it was born in the night, about a year or two ago, while my sister was fixing one of her old violins. Then we got started talking about how mysterious violins are, how beautiful and untouchable they seem. Then the conversation morphed into a whole bunch of what ifs about music, and life. A few days later I wrote down several ideas we had talked about, and then I started playing around with the idea on paper, only to have my work eaten up by my computer. So I started over. Writing, writing, editing. Then when I was just about finished, the whole story vanished again! But through a miracle, I was able to retrieve it out of the bowels of the computer. All I can say is that it was a bumpy road, curved, with lots of stops, starts, hills and valleys. Between breaking my finger, then dislocating my elbow, a lot of my plans got put on hold. I've had to learn to be patient, and willing to do things in God's timing. Not my own. Then I got this brilliant idea to do an audio book. To get the audio book finished and edited, it took me three months of time intensive work. For every hour of audio produced, it took me a minimum of ten hours, at very least, to get it finished. It was feeling a bit crazy! What was I thinking? Producing my own audio book? Who does that? I'm not sure.
My sis and mom, and brother have been awesome tip-toeing around the house so as not to make too much noise while I was recording. I'm sure they got their share of listening to me outside my door, shout and make weird voices.

I consumed more gallons of water than I ever have in my life, and piles of throat drops. It was an experience that I'm proud of completing, even if I am the only one who benefited from it. If all goes well, and the audio is approved, the audio book will also be available in the next little while. *Crosses fingers. I feel more nervous than anything* I keep on looking around the corner, asking myself, "Am I really finished? Oh my! For reals? Really?"
Thanks to everybody who has helped, and supported me in my creative endeavors. I will be putting the first chapter of my audio book, on youtube as soon as I can. I also have a book trailer I've been working on that I will upload when I'm finished.

 So yeah. That is my news. And I promise, I'll be back soon with more updates, now that I'm not spending hours, and hours, and hours on recording. 

Thank you guys for sticking with me, through everything! 

 This is one of the many scribbles I posted all around the house while doing my audio book. I'm not sure where my more in depth notes went, with my petroglyph-like art depicting noisy people and elephants. It was good stuff....should have saved them.


  1. Hah! I love that note. Hilarious, but I totally get it. We owned a recording studio at one point and noise pollution was killer. My recording studio is on the top floor now, which will hopefully make for less trouble. We'll see.

    Huge congrats on the book! I'm so happy for you!

  2. Thank you Crystal! My notes got more desperate as time went on, especially when I have a sister who has a home wood working business, and more often than not, her hammer won out. I'm curious to hear if your top floor studio helps with the noise pollution.


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