A question I’ve started asking people when getting to know them is this: What do you do creatively?
I like the question for the broad scope it encompasses. So far, I’ve gotten answers about ways that might seem most obvious or common by sharing that they write, draw, knit, or do photography. I love finding out these kinds of things about others.
About a year and a half or so ago, I asked this question of one of the custodians I work with at my elementary school. He told me he was a cartoonist! A cartoonist who works at an elementary school. My eyes lit up. I asked if he had any of his work he could show me. Out came his phone and what fun to see this side of him! I told him students and staff would enjoy seeing his stuff and maybe he could post a couple on the door to the custodians’ office?
“You think so?”
I tried to not be aggressively encouraging, but still, I said, “Absolutely! The kids especially would love it.”
“Yeah,” he said. “I haven’t thought about that. Maybe I will.”
But then he didn’t. Which, you know, was totally okay. Sharing your creations of any sort can be really hard! Vulnerability lives there. But we talked a lot about our creative outlets.
“Did you do some writing this weekend?” he’d ask.
“I did! It’s going well! What about you?” I’d reply.
“I spent some time doodling some ideas. I’ve been spending a little more time with it.”
At least one other time I mentioned showcasing his work. “Yeah, maybe I’ll put something up.”
About a month ago, I visited a classroom for some kind of tech repair/investigation and saw this on the whiteboard:
I was so happy. And naturally, I found out later that the kids, of course, loved coming in the morning to see what he might have created for them.
A couple of weeks ago he left this note on my desk:
As I finish packing up my office for the summer this week, I plan on leaving my whiteboard markers behind and maybe he’ll leave a creation for me to find next August.
QOTW: What do you do creatively? I’d love to know…and if you are willing to share an artifact, I’d love to showcase your creativity in my next newsletter. Alternatively, what is a fun creative side you’ve learned about someone? I’d love to hear that story, too!
Did you see the cover for my new book, yet? (I mean, if you were subscribed to my newsletter before now, obviously you did, but whatev.)
Pre-order details will be available super soon! If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter, I’ll be posting there first, but I expect next month’s newsletter will also have the info.
In the meantime, I have two asks:
Are you someone who posts reviews in Goodreads, Amazon, Bookbub, or elsewhere? If so, perhaps you’d like to request an e-ARC of As Though You Were Mine? Let me know using this linked form.
Have you or anyone else listened to the audiobook of All I’m Asking? If you have–or know someone else who has–perhaps you can leave a one-line review/rating with Audible or wherever you listened to the ebook? I might not directly ask, only, it’s not just for me. The narrator for that book did an amazing job (especially with a potentially challenging format) and I would love for her to get the kudos!
This is usually where I give you a couple of specific book recommendations, but I’m deviating a little bit from it this month. Not because I don’t have recommendations (I always have recommendations), but I really want to showcase a couple of different things.
1) MEGA Book and Ereader Giveaway
MEGA giveaway of books that mostly fit within the book club genre–including my debut, ALL I’M ASKING. And when I say “mega”, I’m not really exaggerating. You can enter to win ALL 49 books plus an ereader! What are you waiting for? Click and enter!
Earlier this month was Women’s Fiction Day and I joined up with several other amazing authors to help showcase our books. Some of us have offered samplers, some are still doing a giveaway, still others might have their books on super-sale or available for free.
Next month, I’ll be back to my traditional book rec format. In the meantime, I’d love to direct you to author Kathryn Dodson’s site where you can sign up for her newsletter. It’s one I enjoy reading every month for her entertaining personal stories, many which involve her various travels. While you’re there, you can download her free prequel novella in anticipation for her debut release, Tequila Midnight, on July 13th.
Ever grateful for the little things, but also the big things, including all of you.
I loved, loved the relationships in this novel, particularly the central friendship. --Amazon Review