Right now life is a bit crazy, because and I can’t believe I am about to say this (again) but I am writing a book. It’s a book of Essays, about fifty of them or so, I think at least that many.
For the last few days I’ve been so focused on that that I haven’t been doing any blog writing, because all my writing has been going into the book and I am really excited about it.
I have a great coach named LT who is pushing me to keep writing and writing until the first draft is done. I highly recommend her services and her books if you decide you want to be writing full time. She is the real deal. (not a paid post). The best part about LT is that she’s become a friend and who doesn’t love making new friends?
Another friend is going to be writing something for the book jacket, but I’m going to try and see if I can wrangle an entire essay out of her because she’s fucking amazing.
Things are starting to come together, and that’s starting to scare me because whenever things go really well in my life, they have a tendency to flip and go real bad real fucking quick.
I am trying every night to sleep with ease, but sleep doesn’t come with ease. Shame and survivors guilt attack me every single night, and I often end up with negative dreams, so I am trying to put all the positivity into the book that I can because it’s helping me to heal.
I am learning that I can do these things, I can publish a book, no matter which route I go, self or trade publishing, I can fucking do this.
I am still writing Love Letters each month through my Newsletter, but now I am also using it to raise up Black Voices and promote the work of other Black Writers and Authors, so if you’re interested sign up maybe?
I am working myself to the bone, twelve hour days to make sure that I get enough content into the book, and right now that has to be my focus, so I am taking a hiatus from the website for a few days.
Which means no new posts for a little bit, but please remember that I also have Twitter and Tumblr if you want to connect with me further.
I want to thank you all for being so damned supportive because I didn’t think I would be writing a book this soon. I had actually decided to wait until I had five hundred posts because I though that would be the best way to build an audience.
It hit me recently that the reason I was waiting, was because I was afraid I wouldn’t have anything to say in a book. I was afraid it wouldn’t be accepted by the community, but then I realized that this book isn’t about the community. It’s about me as the Loud Mouth Brown Girl, the girl who doesn’t give an inch and refuses to give up even when the chips are down.
I am really proud of who I am as a woman, and I am excited to share that with the world through my essay book.
It’s called Uncomfortable, because it’s about all the uncomfortable conversations that we never want to have, but absolutely have to have so that we can grow and rise from the darkness.
I’m excited, so I better get to the writing. See You Soon
Sending all my love,
Devon J Hall