If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have been withholding some exciting news. I know what you might be thinking right now... "How can anything be more exciting than the release of her book?" ;)
Well, this news is pretty much just as exciting (and maybe a smidge more) and I am happy to say that the time has come to reveal my little secret...Yay!
Long Story Short...or maybe just the long story:
When I received the email from Cedar Fort Publishing that said they would not be able to publish my memoir, I was crushed. However, they did have some very positive things to say, including mentioning that they were interested in learning more about an idea that I had for a journal.
That's when I turned to my good friend, Jenn, over at J*Doodles. I love her work and...well, everything about her really, so I knew that I could not move forward with this project without her talent and creativity. (We share the same crafting/creative disease and our brains work well together.)
As we brainstormed and discussed our visions for a journal that would help people heal from hard times in their lives, our excitement flew through the roof. We worked for weeks, putting together a proposal that we hoped would pass the editorial board. Then I hit the send button. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time.
A little over two weeks later, I received the "golden email"; the one that said, "Yes! We would love to publish your journal!"
I may have cried a little...or a lot.
And so this new adventure begins. God's hand is in the details and my hope and prayer is that I can be the instrument that He needs me to be so that this journal will be able to reach those who need it.
Chemo was a journey...a very hard journey, one that I do not wish to ever repeat. Writing a memoir was also a journey...a very hard journey, one that I do not wish to ever repeat. ;) However, both journeys were necessary. For obvious reasons chemotherapy was needed to make me whole, even though it brought me down to the depths of despair and fatigue. Writing my memoir was needed to help me process everything that had happened to me and even if it is not successful in wordly terms, it will always be a success in my heart.
On February 1, 2012, my friends and family threw me a party of the pinkest proportions. There were a lot of tears, a ton of laughter, and love flowing from every nook and cranny.
On February 1, 2016, I get to throw the party myself and I cannot wait. I don't have a location yet and I have no details other than you will be able to buy a copy of my book there, but it will happen. Oh yes. It will happen and I hope that you will be able to join me there. :)
BTW...if anyone has any great ideas as to where this incredible book launch party should be held, I am totally open to suggestions. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking for a place that is kid-friendly and will hold a good amount of people. It will also need to be a place that will allow pink cupcakes, because that will be a must. :) Thank you much!
I am loving my second chance at life.
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