Showing posts from February, 2015

From My Journal: November 22

As many of you lovely readers heard, I have a new book coming out! Yay! This is a bit different from Sixteen, though. It's a book of poems called Rain in December. There are many themes in the book -- ranging from love to depression to friends to the weather -- some of them more prominent than others. Although there aren't as many poems about certain topics in my book, those that are in it were very significant in the book's coming about and the stories behind them are stories I haven't shared publicly before but feel I need to now. So starting today I'd like to share journal entries and other thoughts and stories leading up to the release of Rain In December. I request for this journal series this month that parental permission and guidance be sought out for readers under sixteen.

Rain In December Cover Reveal!

As announced last week, I have a book of poetry coming out! The release date is March 31, and of course it will be followed by a blog tour. The release actually coincides perfectly with national poetry month in April. Of course, you don't want to hear all my pesky details right now. We all know what you're here for: shiny new cover art!

Sames: Poem for Valentine's Day

I don't normally post outside Wednesdays, but I used to, and since St. Valentine's Day fell on a weekend and I just announced my new poetry book coming out, I thought it'd be fun to share a love poem from that book for the holiday. I hope you enjoy!


People say that
Opposites attract.
You hear it,
Over and over again,
From old and young
From those who have been in love
And those who haven't.

I think that's probably
The wrongest thing about love
I've ever heard.

The Big Wide World of News

Hello, my lovely readers!

Today I have a bit of housekeeping followed by a marvelous bit of news to share with you all.
First of all: I've officially given up on The College Chronicles. I don't know the first thing about shooting or editing videos, I'm a perfectionist never happy with my own work, and even I'm bored by my own footage of average college life. In other words, I'm just not cut out for vlogging. I'll leave that to the YouTube stars from now on.

Now, on to the really big news! Drumroll, please!

I am releasing...

 a new book...

of poetry!

It's called Rain In December. It comes out March 31. You can tune in next week to see the beautiful shiny cover! Until then, my lovely readers!

What is it like to struggle sexually in the church?

Warning: sexual discussion ahead. Those under sixteen need a parent's permission and guidance when reading.

This material is very sensitive and personal to many of us -- and yes, I said us. I realize this is going beyond the hot-button stuff I sometimes touch on, but I've been wanting to post something about sex and Christianity for a long time. I won't stay silent any longer. These are stories that I have experienced personally or seen in others' lives, sometimes generalized or embellished to keep the identities of those involved private. Many of these stories are teen- and youth-specific, because that is my and my social group's experience, but the thoughts here still apply, and I believe the first discussions of sex in the church -- which, if they are held at all, mostly begin in the high school youth group -- can be the most healing or the most damaging of all, and are either way the most formative when it comes to faith-filled approaches to sex.

I am aware of …