Are you ready for this, folks?
A few FAQ's:
(okay so maybe I should just say a few Q's because I there have been no Frequently Asked Questions about this journal so far, but I digress...)
#1: What does "a guided journal" mean?
Here is an excerpt from the journal's introduction page to explain more about it.
"Sometimes it's difficult to get your though process rolling, especially when you are overwhelmed with challenges. This is where your It All Begins with One journal will come in handy...
#2: What is the difference between Volume 1 and Volume 2?
Each volume includes enough blank journal pages to write for approx. 6 months (if you write one page per day). The difference in the volumes are the quotes and doodle pages that are found in each. The journal prompts and introduction pages are the same in each volume.
#3: What art medium can I use to color the doodle pages?
I would recommend coloring with colored pencils.
#4: How can I purchase a journal?
These journals will be available on Amazon and on this website. Approximate publication date will be October 1, 2017.
Any other questions?
If you have any other questions about this journal, please feel free to comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
Yes, my friends...it's true. Very shortly I will have a major project completed. One that I have been working on for a couple of years now. It's kind of a big deal for me because it is something that I have been dreaming about and have given up on several (hundred) times.
Here's a sneak peek at the cover for all of my fans (all 5 of you) who have stuck with me...
The journal that I have been working on with my good friend, Jenn, is finally going to be available. I will have more information about it on September 1, so stay tuned and get ready to add these babies to your Christmas list!
"I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news..."
Those are never words you want to hear. Especially when they come from a publisher that you have signed a contract with. The ups and downs of the publishing world I suppose.
I read those words in an email that I received yesterday and surprisingly, I was not as upset as I thought I would be. I felt more relief than anything. Now Jenn and I can really move forward with our journal idea. It has gone from being published this Christmas to next Christmas to next Mother's Day and now, I have control over when it will be published. My hope is to go back to our timeline of having it ready for this Christmas. Is it possible? Absolutely. Anything is possible. Is it going to be challenging? Absolutely. But Jenn and I are believers in the phrase "We Can Do Hard Things."
This turn of events have been interesting for me. As I have thought about the journal and what the next step should be, I have realized a couple of things...
1. I have not had a desire to work on it. I don't know if that is because I have been busy with other things, or if the universe was telling me that this little hiccup would happen, or a combination of the two. Whatever the case may be, my desire has been re-ignited and I am looking forward to really digging into this project.
2. As with my own memoir, I have no idea what I am doing. Jenn and I are in a world that is unfamiliar and that is scary, but I do know this...THIS JOURNAL IS AN INSPIRED IDEA and it was placed in my head and my heart for a reason. As we move forward with this project, you can bet that we will be calling on God to help us every step of the way.
So, now the real work begins. There will be a lot of praying, researching, and pondering. We may have to ask our friends for help through a Kickstarter Campaign. We will definitely need help spreading the word so that news of this journal can reach beyond our immediate circle of family and friends. But this project is in the hands of a loving Father in Heaven. He knows the best way to proceed and I have full confidence that He will help us along the way.
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.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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