a book!

Hey friends! (skip to the third paragraph if you want to get right to the news!)

I haven’t posted in a while. School is insane. I am convinced I am going to fail in the last four days of finals and every time I open my computer I think about how I should be doing school work instead of being on Reddit. Or I should be checking my email instead of avoiding it out of fear that I’m going to get an email that says, “hi, you suck, you are a failure and we are kicking you out of college. From, the head guy who can do that without giving you notice.” So, I haven’t been spending a ton of time on the computer.

Also, when I think about writing a blog post, all I can think about is how I want to find some way to spread some hope and suggestions for positive action that counteract how shitty the world is right now. We are living in some dark times, and I have been trying to articulate my place in all of it as a twenty-something white girl who spends five minutes a day brushing out my bangs in the hope that they will grow out faster. I haven’t figured out my place in any of it, but I know that all I can do right now is work on myself and work on my community.

There is something very cool happening in my life that I hope will touch the lives of others and that will, at the very least, be a very exciting project and an interesting journey. My book, If You’re Freaking Out, Read This, is getting published! ahh! I can’t believe it. There is a very cool publisher in Portland and they are going to help me make this book everything it is capable of being. I am so excited.

A dear friend of mine sent the version that I have scanned on this blog to the publisher and they really liked it and I signed a deal with them a week later. It all happened so fast! This process will be a lot of writing and re-writing. There will be future posts where I am going to ask you to tell me what you think about things I am adding to the book, and I really want your feedback!

I will be posting updates here pretty frequently. Right now I am working on the first draft of the book that I will have done by February 14th. I have committed to writing for at least thirty minutes a day, even if what I write is total shit. I believe in this book and I appreciate all of you who have given me so much encouragement and love over the last three years of this blog. We are in this together, and I am so grateful.

Check out my publisher’s website. They have so many cool books, including a vegan, Italian food cookbook  and this really cool mindfulness coloring book!

2 thoughts on “a book!

  1. Simi, I am devouring your blog. This is amazing; I’d say I wished I found it earlier, but then I would have denied myself the joy of bingeing on it. I have next week off for Mardi Gras, and am headed up to Texarkana in the hopes of being, as you put it, “blissfully lazy.” I’m bad at stuff like that– too anxious– but it’s needed, and I will be sure and pack tea and coloring books. Love you!

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