Fifteen: Cover Reveal Recap

Tuesday was a day, y’all, let me tell you. My dad asks me every week what my highlight of the week was, and I usually answer that I didn’t have one. Well, this week I did.

Tuesday was the cover reveal for my book, Fifteen, and I couldn’t be happier for how it turned out. I’ll be honest, it was kinda surreal until that moment, scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing all the posts that held my book. Very humbling and encouraging.

Because of all the amazing people, I wanted to take a moment and just share their posts and allow you to smile at the beautiful pictures, because oh. My. GOODNESS were some of the pictures lovely.

Guys. *sniffles* Can we just take a moment to explain that Hailey is an amazingly sweet human who has been really supportive of my writing since I met her? I’m so excited about her own writing journey, and if you’re looking for upcoming writers to follow, definitely go give Hailey a follow.

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Cover reveal!!! I’ve always loved poetry that portrays the truths of human struggles and fears, and that is just what @writingamieanne does in her poetry collection “Fifteen” which is available for pre-order now! “Fifteen” is a poetry book about struggles with mental illness. Amie’s poems are gorgeous, touching, and true. I cannot wait to dive all the way into Amie’s beautiful book, #fifteenpoetry! P.S. If you preorder a paperback copy of “Fifteen” Amie has some bookish goodies awaiting you. 😉 Check out the link in her bio for more information on pre-orders, or message me! Blurb: You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.

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Cerra is another supportive, amazing human, and she has a BEAUTIFUL bookstagram account. She’s working on this awesome story, so I would follow her if you want updates on it. 😉

If you know of me on this small blogosphere and don’t know about Kellyn Roth . . . I don’t know what to say to you. 😂 Kellyn was one of the first bloggers I started following, and I’m so honored to have her supporting my journey. ❤️

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✨ F I F T E E N ✨ . I'm a day late but I couldn't not share about this beautiful book coming soon! Fifteen is @writingamieanne first book, and is a collection of poetry about finding joy, mental health, and a faith filled journey! Here's the official blurb. . ✨ YOU'RE NOT ALONE ✨ . "You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain." . ✨ . Okay, does that not sound amazing? And that cover! When Amie showed me a glimpse of it I was floored and instantly fell in love! I'm obsessed with the cover and went and pre-ordered myself a paperback copy cause I NEED it on my shelf! And, of course, I'm excited to read the book itself, which sounds just as a beautiful inside as the outside! ✨ Fifteen releases in October and you can pre-order an ebook or paperback copy now! ✨ Link in my bio! ✨ Amie is also offering some lovely swag items if you purchase a paperback, so definitely check that out as well! All the info will be in the link in my bio! ✨ Congratulations, @writingamieanne! I'm so excited for you and #FifteenPoetry! . ✨ . #fifteen #amieanne #amiewoleslagle #newrelease #coverreveal #coverlove #bookcover #poetrycommunity #poetryofinstagram #poetrylovers #poem #poet #poetsofinstagram #poetrycommunity #writersofinstagram #poems #writer #poetsofig #wordporn #writing #spilledink #writersofig #words

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Hey everyone! Won’t you join me in admiring this beautiful cover of FIFTEEN? That’s right! Today is the cover reveal for @writingamieanne poetry book! 🌹 FIFTEEN is available for pre-order for e-book and paperback (through Etsy). The link is in the author’s bio. 🌹 Also, there are pre-order goodies for those who pre-order a paperback of FIFTEEN. Who doesn’t like extra goodies? These include: an extra poem, a hand painted, hand lettered card with a poem from the book, a FIFTEEN related vinyl sticker, and a keychain of the book by @literarytreasuresco 🌹 All you need to do is take a screen shot of your pre-order receipt for the paperback, and send it to the form which is also in the author’s bio. 🌹 Here’s the blurb: . You’re not alone. You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. . Isn’t that beautiful? Why don’t you visit Amie and give her some love today! 😄 🌹 Cover by @graphics_by_gracie 🌹 #fifteenpoetry 🌹 #coverreveal #cover #poetry #poetrybooks #poetrybook #poetrycommunity #bookstagram #bookcommunity #mentalillness #poetryofinstagram #poetrylovers #poetryporn #poetrygram #booklover #books #poetrybooks #poetryisnotdead #poetryislife #bookcoverdesign #bookcoverreveal #bookcover #bookcoverart #reveal #poetryauthors #poetrylove

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Hope! Another amazing writer I know. I’m so thankful that she joined the tour. ❤

Can I just say that basically all of my favorite bookstagrammers helped me out on Tuesday? I was so thrilled to see this post on one of my favorite Instagram feeds.

*takes a deep breath* Okay, this Instagram post did make me shed a tear. Kara is one of my favorite authors and she’s also my writing mentor, so to see this post . . . Yeah, you can imagine how wonderful it was.

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So today has been pretty magical… aside from six hours of health and safety training. 🤦‍♀️ That was only magical when I transformed into Harry Potter for a while. I digress. BUT… getting to see my little book baby along side some of my favourite authors in an epic giveaway was surreal?! 😭*cue happy bawling* Without the help and support of stunning author friends (can I call you friends even though Covid keeps me away from hug-tacking you?), I never would have even made it to publication. So it’s time to give back! . . My lovely cohost @rablackauthor.co (who has a fancy new profile pic name?! What?) introduced me to this lovely young poet named @writingamieanne who happens to have a stunning cover that was revealed today. Magical all around!! Like really?? Could this be any more bookstagramable?! Congrats Amie! Can’t wait to see what’s coming down the literary pipe for you! . . Here is her beautiful summary: . . You’re not alone. You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. . . . #coverreveal #fifeteen #poetry #youngwriters #yaauthor #yabookstagram #debutbook #ireadya

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I was honored to take place in Tara’s book release in May (? Correct me if I’m wrong on the month, Tara. 😂 All the Quarantine months are running together.) and it was such an honor to see this beautiful post. ❤

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✨ IT'S COVER REVEAL DAY FOR @writingamieanne!!! (SWIPE TO SEE A GORG COVER!!) ✨ Today is highly emotional for me because I am just so DANG PROUD OF THIS GIRL! She's one of my writing mentee's and seeing her come so far has been–a breathtaking journey that she walks with such grace and poise. 😍 ✨ I had the honor of reading an ARC of her upcoming poetry book, "FIFTEEN" and can I just say that it's just as pretty inside as the cover? Because it is! I mean, look at that cover y'all!! STUNNING! One of my top favorite covers! 🤩 One thing you may not know about me is that I have written over 400 pages of poety and post them on my tumblr (link in the bio!), but I also happen to be very picky about what type of poetry I like—and FIFTEEN checked all the boxes! ✨ Amie's poetry is as heartwrenching as it is beautiful and authentic! Amie writes from a raw and vulnerable place as she explores the world of mental health through her prose. I cried, felt heard, and seen reading her words and gosh, Amie, you make this author proud. 💜 ✨ FIFTEEN drops October 2020 and Amie just happens to be one of our guests appearing on @the_hope_prose_podcast this fall! 😱 So look forward to that and follow her and the official podcast instagram for more details! In the mean time, here's a little blurb to tease your palete until FIFTEEN's release! ✨ Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self-acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. ✨ Proud of you Amie and for those of you wanting to pre-order, there is a link in my bio and if you do, you are eligble for PRE-ORDER GOODIES!! 😱 PROUD OF YOU AMIE!! 😭 #positivity #empowerment #anxiety ##asethetic #authorsofinsta #mentalhealthblog #selfcareisalwaysagoodthing #healingyourself #healingwords #authorpreneur #inspire #quotes

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*happiness* I get to talk about the amazing Rebekah. In January of this year (I think, again with the month thing. XD It feels like 2020 has been two years instead of one.) Rebekah was super kinda and gave me some mentoring on the publishing world, agents, and writing in general. I’m so thankful for her and her super sweet spirit. ❤

Here’s another blogging queen who also knows her stuff about Instagram. It was such an honor to be included with back to Hogwarts day celebration!

A beautiful picture done by a beautiful bookstagrammer. I was so happy to have Kate help with the cover reveal. She has a lovely bookstagram page with lots of awesome recommendations.

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Have you ever struggled with anxiety, depression, or mental health? 🌻 I am so very excited to join in the #coverreveal for Fifteen! 😍 🌻 This beautiful poetry collection by @writingamieanne touched me, and I’m so excited for it to be releasing to the world. Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! 🌻 Here’s a quick blurb for you: You’re not alone. You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. 🌻 Doesn’t that sound just lovely? A couple years ago, I went through a really rough spot. I suffered insomnia almost every night, and during the day I was weighed down with anxiety and depression. It was crippling. When I read one of the poems from Fifteen, it described so perfectly the feelings I had. It was inspiring and encouraging, and I’m so excited to see this release and reach out to everyone else who struggles with anxiety, depression, and mental health. 🌻 Psst! Fifteen is available for e-book and paperback pre-order now, and Amie is offering some incredible pre-order goodies, so go ahead and click over to get your copy (all links are in my bio).

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This girl has an aesthetic going, and I hope she never stops. When I stumbled upon Caroline’s bookstagram, I knew I had found a likeminded book reader, and I was so excited when she agreed to help me with the cover reveal.

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Behold, a cover has been unmasked! Fifteen by @writingamieanne will be released in October, and I swear, have you ever seen anything so dang beautiful? I really just want to sit and stroke the cover and flip through all the pages and stare at the pretty art like an overzealous five-year-old. Look, a blurb: • “You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.” • IT HAS POETRY! IT HAS COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS! IT HAS DEEP PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL MUSINGS THAT TOUCH THE VERY SOUL OF BEAUTY! Fifteen is available for preorder in e-book and soft-cover, plus, if you submit your preorder receipt to a special form, you’ll receive special preorder goodies. (‘Cause that’s what the cool kids do these days.) Go check out the links in @writingamieanne ‘s bio, you fabulous humans. • #coverreveal #fifteen #pwettypictuwes #pwettypoetwy #pwettycovew

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Sarah Baran is another amazing blogger turned into an epic Instagrammer. I mean, LOOK AT THE PICTURE.

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✨COVER REVEAL✨ . I’m so excited to help reveal the beautiful cover for FIFTEEN by @writingamieanne . ✨ABOUT✨ . You’re not alone. ⁣ You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. . #bookblogger #bookphotography #ilovebooks #igreads #bookaholic #goodreads #bookishfeatures #booksofinstagram #booknerdigans #bookstagramfeature #booklove #bookgeek #booklover #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #instabook #bookstagrammer #bookaddict #bookish #mybookfeatures #IreadYA #ilovebooks #coverreveal

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Hey guys! Today I have something super special to share…my friend @writingamieanne is releasing her poetry collection, FIFTEEN! And I get to share the gorgeous cover. Swipe to see it! Here is the blurb for FIFTEEN: ✨ You’re not alone.  You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain.  ✨ Doesn't that sound amazing? Here are the pre-order links! Paperback: https://www.etsy.com/listing/848898366/fifteen-a-compilation-of-poems-preorder?ref=shop_home_active_1 Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Fifteen-compilation-poems-Amie-Woleslagle-ebook/dp/B08GP5ZC9D/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=fifteen+amie+woleslagle&qid=1598891714&sr=8-1 And if you pre-order, you get some special goodies…🤩 Here's the link to that form! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenLfX2Nfb3veRryRdQRydtoSbFcu4kol_EeJvU9tPoXC6Oow/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Ryan is another super sweet writer friend who was kind enough to feature me on her Instagram. It was honestly so amazing to see all the amazing people who mentioned me on their stories and posts.

I was so honored to be spotlighted on Anna’s instagram. She does some amazing blackout poetry on her page, so you should totally check it out.

*is so honored by this post*

I wish I had all the stories from Tuesday, but I only took a screen shot of one, because I as fangirling so hard. (Nadine Brandes, Shannon Dittemoore, and Ashley Townsend all had very beautiful stories as well, and those are the ones I really wish I had pictures of.)

It was such an unbelievable day. People also wrote some blog posts about the cover reveal.

Maya at Maya Joelle did a beautiful post here.

Carolyn at Words that Speak interview me and posted about the cover reveal here.

Kaelyn at Kaelyn’s life has enthusiasm that I definitely need. XD I loved her beautiful post that you can read here.

I was honored to have Jana at Reviews from the Stacks join the tour. You can read her post here.

My sweet friend, Juliet Artman, wrote this very sweet email to her email list, which you can join here.

I have truly been blown away by how much you guys have done to support me in the journey. I never dreamed that the cover reveal day would have so many participants, or that in the days that I followed my little book would be ranking #2 (for a short time, lol) in Young Adult Poetry eBooks, or that it would be ranking #1 in Christian poetry.

I never wanted to release my poems to the world, but God often calls us to do things we don’t want to do. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

That basically sums up my feelings about Fifteen.

If you want to pre-order the ebook, you can do so by going here or if you would prefer to pre-order a paperback, you can go here.

IF you pre-order a paperback, you can get pre-order goodies here. And let me tell you, the pre-order goodies are stinking adorable, in my personal opinion. So you don’t want to miss out on those. (Plus, you get an extra poem that’s not in the book with the pre-order goodies!)

Again, thank you guys so much for being here through thick and thin. I definitely wouldn’t be here without my little blog that started out as Crazy A. 😉

~~Amie~~

My Message (+ huge announcement!)

I’ve written a lot on here about mental health. At the moment, mental health and Christians who deal with it are very close to my heart. Why? Because I’m one of those Christians.

Especially Christian teens that deal with it.

I’ve talked to lots of people in the mental health and disability communities. A little known fact about me is that I grew up in the disability community. My favorite people didn’t look like me, and I would grow livid if anyone talked down to them, or hurt their feelings for that reason.

And so when I appeared in the mental health community, I wasn’t sure what to say or do. Especially since I was apart of it.

I’m not an expert. I’m not super smart. I’m just a teenager going through similar things to you, and if you’re just starting your mental health journey, I’m in front of you, extending a hand to help you. To give you hope.

I hate admitting I’m not okay. What are you supposed to say to people? They expect you to be okay, they want you to be okay. And someday you just have to realize that it’s okay to not be okay. You don’t have to carry the weight of their expectations.

This week I found out that apparently I have anxiety, depression, and dermatillomania. I’ve never considered myself an anxious person, but apparently I am?

(Dermatillomania is the repeated picking of your skin, to the extent that you have open wounds on your skin. It’s related to OCD and anxiety, and yes. It’s really painful and really embarrassing and super super super gross.)

I’ve battled with dark thoughts, with losing the person I’ve always known as me. I’ve struggled with things that I would never wish on anyone else. Even though I wouldn’t want people to go through it, other people do go through it, and so the next best thing I can do? Help the people who are struggling with it.

And so I’m doing something huge.

I’m publishing a poetry book.

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One of the ways to express the feelings that I wasn’t even sure I was feeling was to write them in poetry. To express truths and pain in the same poem, so I would know that even if I felt this way today, the truth is that it would be better.

Fifteen will be launching October 23, and it’s a book filled with poems about mental health. About the pains of trying to be okay, but not being okay. It’s filled with hope, because in the end, you don’t have to live with the demons in your head. You can get help, you can get better. It’s filled with the sunshine that follows the tears, it has the lullaby that soothes your fears.

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I didn’t want to publish Fifteen originally. I didn’t want to put this out here, to have to work on this. But slowly, God showed me that this is my message. These poems are going out there to help you.

Because YOU have helped me so much.

Fifteen will also have hand drawn illustrations (and a few painted ones!) depicting the story as well. My prayer is that it’ll reach your heart and help you in your mental health journey, even if you aren’t a poetry fan.

And maybe it’ll help you understand others or still touch your heart even if you don’t struggle with mental health. Even if that isn’t the thorn in your side.

So raise a glass, my friend! Let’s celebrate this news!

If you’re super excited, go to my Instagram, follow me, and share my announcement post on your story because AHHHHHH. IT’S REAL, FOLKS! AFTER SO MUCH WORK.

Also, if you’re interested in being apart of the cover reveal, GO SIGN UP HERE!

~~Amie~~

Write Now

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I wrote a post on Wednesday or Tuesday.

I don’t remember because all the days are just running together.

Basically it was an angsty letter, mostly targeted to people or person who know me in real life.

Because of that, I deleted it, and yeah. It’s history. But if you read it, thank you for reading it, and I want to address one thing I mentioned in the post.

My writing.

I don’t usually talk about my writing on here, because I hate being that person who’s like, “So, I’m writing this book and maybe someday you’ll read it, maybe someday you won’t.”

that person is aka younger Amie.

But I thought that it might help my inspiration and excitement to just talk about this topic, and go through what my brain is thinking. So, I started this year with the idea that this might be the year I actually roll up my sleeves and get into the publishing world.

I had a phone calls with different people, and everyone seemed to agree. I had a good story, it seemed as if my writing was pretty good. I mean, sure, I had a lot of rewrites, but that’s okay.

Around February/March, people started piling more critique on my writing. I was telling too much, my characters aren’t sympathetic, my character was too perfect, the dialogue was unrealistic . . .

And I think it was just too much food for my inner critic.

In any world, you need to learn to take critique and shift through it, understand it, acknowledge it, and move on. But instead of doing that, I’ve just kinda let it take over my mind. Every time I sat down to write, I dwelt on it.

Oops, that paragraph told too much. That character is so stupid, no one will relate to him. Man, she’s way too perfect, gotta fix that. That was the cheesiest piece of dialogue. 

And so I would write one paragraph, delete it. Write another paragraph, delete it. Write a third, and give up. So each of my projects have been doubted, hated, disliked, and I’ve started to wonder if I should even write.

Obviously I’m just a disgrace to the name of writing.

That’s not true. No one is a disgrace to the name of the art they pursue. Because every artist begins as a beginner, and the more hours you put into it, the better you will become. So please. Never be discouraged about your art. There’ll always be people better than you, and people worse than you. Your job is to try and get as accomplished as you can.

And that, my dear, will be a life long pursuit.

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So what am I writing? I’m glad you asked.

I’m rewriting a novel I’ve been working on since July or August of 2019. It’s a Contemporary Beauty and the Beast retelling, set in sunny California. This book has become my baby. I have so many snippets of before, after, and just silly things that I’ve written about these characters.

Literally everything. I have snippets about them eating chocolate pudding, to a novella I “accidentally” wrote about them having children. XD

My alphas have been the most amazing people in the world when it comes to this project. I was so excited to write it, and now I’m trying to find that excitement again. If you’re interested, you can take a peak at the Pinterest board right here.

I’m writing a short poetry pamphlet at the moment. It’ll hopefully have 15 poems in it, and it’s name will be the strikingly unique name of Fifteen. Because I’m so original. 😂

I’m also writing a stress-relieving project that has no planning whatever, and I’m only doing it to get back into the habit of writing what I think, and to practice the craft. It’s nameless, but it’s about motocross and a musician. I personally think it’s adorable, but that’s just me. XD The main character, Courtney, is just so funny. And the color theme of it is green.

don’t ask me why. but knowing the color theme helps me get into the mood. XD

And lastly I’m outlining/plotting a dystopian novel that has been rethought out a million times because I keep getting more and more critique on it, and I’m trying to make it the best version of itself that I can, which is making me extremely confused about the message of the book, the characters, and the story altogether.

*flops*

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But I’m still really excited about that, and TWO other things!

*throws confetti*

First of all, one of my favorite authors, Sarah Grace Grzy, launched her second book today! I’ve already read it and oh my heart, GO BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. You will never regret it.

(I’m going to be coming out with a review on it soon, so hang tight. 😉 )

Besides, the cover is so beautiful, and Sarah is a master writer, so stop trying to decide if you should or shouldn’t. You should. You really should.

Secondly, I was honored to be a guest on a podcast! I was able to talk about what helps me during my struggles, and how it’s okay to not be okay. (basically everything I say on this blog. XD) As I’ve already said, I was really struggling this past week, and just hearing myself say things I know helped me so much, so I would encourage you all to go listen to that podcast HERE and follow the Precious and Redeemed podcast!

Do you guys like posts like these? Do you want more writing updates/advice/I don’t know what, just something on the theme of writing?

Have an awesome Saturday, and enjoy this May weather.

~~Amie~~

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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Gather around to hear the story

Not of the first Thanksgiving 

But of those who walked the perilous 

Pilgrim’s journey. 

Mighty men, strong women

All just like me and you

Who faced the odds with determination 

And their Heavenly Father knew. 

It wasn’t that they chose the path

Of trouble and of pain

But ordered by God to raise their children 

In honor of His glorious Name

They fought for freedom

Not with blood and sword

But with their lives all the same

For their children and their Lord. 

The story of the first Thanksgiving

Should your blood and zeal quicken 

And your faith thicken

As you hear of hardships long ago. 

Of crosses born, of graves dug

Of generosity and of unfailing love

As we eat our turkey and munch on our pie

Please remember the reason why. 

The reason to write an ode to Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all

~~Amie~~

Ode to Holy Holey Socks

One by One you fell

On the battlefield called life.

One by one you scaled

The ladder to sockly afterlife.

And now I must say you’re holy,

And holey, and overly dirty,

But your piety others encouraged

To take up the fight

To warm my chilly feet,

All through the dark night.

Your work might be finished,

But you’ll always be

very holy, holey socks

To me.

Socks that I wore

Throughout good and bad

Socks that stayed close

Even when I felt sad

Even when I pushed everyone away,

I kept my socks near me

And wouldn’t send them astray.

For socks certainly save the day.

They make life better,

And they help keep your feet sweet and clean

So then your special other

Doesn’t smell your feet

and make a scene.

Socks mean much to me

It would be hard to repay

Every single one of my socks

for every single day.

And so I decided to write this poem

To show everyone

That socks are important to them.

Wear your socks

Until they’re thin

And then remember

Everything you did in them

~~Amie~~

That Christmas Eve

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The cold rain seemed to never leave.

Why was it always there, reminding him of better years?

Days gone by to never come back,

Days that brought frightening fears.

And indescribable cheer.

The wind was cold, and howled loud and fierce,

and yet the fire seemed to bring with it happy tears.

 Life wasn’t quite as blue,

if you had a dog and eggnog, too.

The old man stood, and reached up high,

bringing a book to his side.

He dusted the cover full of care,

and sat down with a heavy sigh into his chair.

 The chair welcomed him back with a cheerful creak,

reminding the man of that one Christmas Eve.

Long back, in memory’s path,

a certain night was cold and drear.

Christmas was said to be full of cheer,

and yet that house had nothing near

a tree, or a leaf, or holly high.

Instead, it was full of pitiful cries.

No one knew of the Christ Child king,

or else they would have bowed the knee.

 No one knew of the happiness,

that does indeed come with obedience.

No one knew what it was like

to know that for you a child was born,

and that for them a king came.

He was nothing impressive,

no not at all.

He was put in some hall near a cattle stall.

 His mother was young, tired, and weak,

his earthly father was poor with roughened hands and feet.

But to them that are meek,

the Lord gives the earth, heavens, and creeks.

The young child Jesus lay in peacful sleep

While the world stood in turmoil steep,

As it wondered what kind of king the Messiah would be.

The old man smiled as the answer he knew,

He knew the disappointment and shame

He knew what it took for him the savior became.

Son of God, Emmanuel,

come to show God’s plan to us.

Prince of peace, King of Kings,

welcomed by men among the sheep

What time of year is fit enough

To celebrate his trip to earth?

What gift to give a baby boy

Who’s birth angels proclaimed with joy?

The old man slowly mused

How sorry a gift we would chose!

The Christmas Child would never want

Anything besides a willing heart.

Full fledged love, and dutifullness

In a man that pledged full obedience.

The old man wondered with thoughtfullness,

Of all the Christmas festives, the cheer, the feasts!

What all did they really have to do

With the One that came to hang on a tree?

The old man sighed, wishing he could tell

Like the shepherds of old the beautiful tale

Of one that lay ever so sweet

In the manger, fast asleep

To men lost in a sinful world

Where peace is only found in the news the angels had to tell.

~~Amie~~