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In the pause: My book, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be released one month from today

We’re in the home stretch to publication! My young adult book, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published one month from today. I am bursting with excitement! To celebrate, I’ve got some goodies for you:

1.) I’m releasing the prologue of the book and running a giveaway of two signed copies with a special gift for my email list subscribers. To get the prologue sent to you and to sign up for the giveaway, click here! If you’re already on my email list, you’ll get the prologue and automatically be entered in the giveaway. No need to sign up again.

2.) It’s also one month until the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the program that encouraged and motivated me exactly three years ago to write the first draft of Emerson’s first book in a month. This year during NaNoWriMo, I’ll be writing the first draft of Emerson’s second book. If you want to write a book along with me, I’ve got some two books to give away to help you out: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland. These two books have helped me tremendously and I’m doing an Amazon giveaway of them. Click here to sign up for the Bird by Bird giveaway and click here to sign up for the Structuring Your Novel giveaway!

One month! Get pumped!

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This week, the many different threads at my job started to connect. It’s immensely gratifying to learn a large and complex technology platform, all for the sake of bringing more art, theater, music, and dance to more people. The vertical learning curve is becoming a little less vertical. Or maybe I am just becoming a more adept climber.

This idea of scaling walls reminded me of this sign I saw a few months ago when I was shoulder-deep in my job search, including interviewing for my current job. I wasn’t sure what would happen in my search, or what I would do about what would happen when it did happen. (This is how my mind works. It’s in a constant state of whirring.) What I needed was a sign, so I asked for one as I made my way up Fifth Avenue from the New York Public Library to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That’s when I saw this sign in the North Face storefront: Walls are meant for climbing. And about 30 minutes later, I heard from my now current job that I was moving on to the next and final round. Less than a week later, they offered me the job.

It’s this sense of optimism, asking the Universe for guidance, and then opening our eyes and ears to take in the wisdom around us that we have to take with us everywhere we go, into every situation that we face. We may not always be successful though our odds dramatically increase when we can look at a wall not as a roadblock, but as a reason to smile. I got this. You got this. We all got this.

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