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some thoughts on self publishing

some thoughts on self publishing

Since I was young I wanted to write books. I wanted to see my name on spines, have people turn their heads sideways to read: Jessica Bates. And on May 9, 2017, my dream was realized. I had published my first book: Birth & What […]

Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time

Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time

I haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time in years, but since I’m excited for the feature film dropping in 2018, our book club decided to read this iconic children’s book. We met on a relatively cool Sunday at Atmalogy. Most of us had read the […]

Sarah J. Maas: Tower of Dawn Release in Nashville

Sarah J. Maas: Tower of Dawn Release in Nashville

I had the pleasure of attending the book release of Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas on Tuesday, September 5. Organized by Parnassus Books and held at Harpeth Hall, Sarah talked about her new book and the entire Throne of Glass series in front […]

writing prompts for your feminine side

writing prompts for your feminine side

Whenever I’m stuck or feeling writer’s block, writing prompts can bring me back to life. They can help keep my pen (or fingers) moving, keep the words flowing, and lead me back to the story. So if you’re stuck, I’m glad to share these writing […]

community poem from FemmeFest615, Saturday August 12 @ Hadley Park

community poem from FemmeFest615, Saturday August 12 @ Hadley Park

My first ever event.   On Saturday, August 12, I went to the first FemmeFest615 at Hadley Park. I was nervous. It was my first time doing anything like this. I tried to make my booth interactive, since I wasn’t expecting to sell many copies […]

Book Club: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Book Club: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

On Sunday, August 27, our book club met to discuss Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I recommend this book for everyone, especially those interested in family history and black American history. Song of Solomon deals with themes of mythology & folklore, family stories & legends, […]

Writing Prompt Response: Courtney Arlesia is the most influential woman she knows

Writing Prompt Response: Courtney Arlesia is the most influential woman she knows

I met Courtney Arlesia on Saturday, August 12 at #FemmeFest615, the first annual women’s empowerment festival. FemmeFest was overflowing with influential women. It was a lovely time, and I was nervous to share myself (as I’d never been a vendor at an event before), but […]

REPOST FROM JULY 12, 2016: What Can I Say, What Can I Do?

REPOST FROM JULY 12, 2016: What Can I Say, What Can I Do?

Last summer I posted this on my personal blog, before this website existed. Now I’m reposting it, and I’m gathering my thoughts to write more on the even more recent events our nation is struggling with. Here’s the post from last year:   ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////   […]

Writing Practice: three easy tips to help free your mind

Writing Practice: three easy tips to help free your mind

I’m in the middle of reading Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, and thanks to her I’m taking my writing practice seriously. Since implementing three of her writing tips near the beginning of the book, I’ve felt some immense freedom in my writing practice, […]

to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week: two nursing poems & writing prompts

to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week: two nursing poems & writing prompts

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I want to share two poems from Birth & What Came After. These two poems deal with the breastfeeding journey. The first poem, Feeding, comes near the beginning of the book.   FEEDING 1 I thought it would be […]