Since I have had cancer 4 times, I will give you 4 facts about myself:
1. I was first diagnosed when I was 13 years old. I am now 26. You do the math.
2. I've always been a writer, be it writing short stories, poems, prayer-journaling, essays, studying English at Otterbein University and now blogging. Writing is how I process, reflect, give thanks, and live life.
3. I love tea, the colors green and coral side-by-side, and driving around in my Volvo.
4. I want to be a published author.
And honestly, I have been kind of hesitant about that 4th fact. It is scary to publish, to let your life and thoughts be out there permanently, and for many people to see and read for years to come, even after your own death.
Published works exist after you exist and remain.
But isn't that also what I want?
I'm not planning on leaving this earth anytime soon, but I do believe some sort of goal must be in order to continue to live, to fight and strive.
My goal is to be published. It's simple, really.
I have begun to research into this publishing process, looking into different ways I could self-publish. Here are the current ways I am seeking out to refine my blog to transform it into a book:
- WestBrow Press is a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan, a Christian publishing company. Their vision is to help authors who want to self-publish, like myself, and provide the resources, people and means to do so.
- The Thurber House, located in Columbus, Ohio, is a vital hub for cultivating, teaching and promoting local writers. I would love to be able to take their Adult Writing Workshops this upcoming fall that are targeted towards self-editing and self-publishing. I believe their resources would really help me improve and grow as a writer and help me take steps towards publication.
I would appreciate any donation, big or small, to help me become a published writer! Through your support, I believe that the venues of WestBrow Press and the Thurber House will enable me to fulfill my goal.
In the mean time, please feel free to check out my blog that I write on to communicate health updates and reflections on my faith during my cancer relapses. This is where it all started! I still use this blog currently to update others as well process what is happening to me as a young adult cancer patient and Christ-follower. I hope reading my blog gives you a sense of who I am as well as a glimpse into how it might be to read a book of mine someday!
Risks and challenges
My greatest challenge is my health; the chemotherapy schedule drains my energy and prevents me from actually sitting down and writing my book. I know my energy has been an obstacle in keeping up with my blog at times! At the same time, I do know that having a project like writing does help me combat fatigue and general "blahs" of treatment life. Pursuing my goal to publish would be a great energy booster!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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