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About

Jasmine DeLude
Jasmine DeLude

For years I've been saying I wanted to write and publish a book. In December 2018 this vision started to manifest into reality. And now that I'm mid-way through writing my book I'm starting to look into publishing. Unfortunately the goal involves many parts, and is not as easy as uploading a file to amazon for self publishing. I need editors, I need a valid driver's license, I need promotional materials, and thensome. It became clear that no matter which route I took I'd be spending  upto $3000 and that's only for the first 100 copies of the book. In order to minimize costs I decided to break my book into 4 smaller parts. Each book will only be about 100 pages, but designed so they can be read individually or as a set. It's my goal that by publishing in this way I will be able to cover the costs of the original publications, gain a viewing audience, and fund the costs of publishing the following 3 books in the series. This will undoubtedly be more work, but this is my dream come true, And right now I'm at the last steps. This is an all or nothing attempt. I really hate asking for help; but then I have to consider the entire foundation of this book.

I'm going to title this book "Surviving The ShIt Storm" And It's going to highlight everything I talk about in my Writing For Healing Workshops. It'll be a compilation of essays focused on Domestic violence, sexual assault, LGBTQ, child abuse, neglect, mental illness, anxiety, PTSD, Bullying & naturalistic healing. However these essays are also very funny and relatable. I'm not in the position of a Doctor, but I believe that sharing my experiences as a humorous writer can be equally healing to the masses.  These books take a blunt, no-nonsense, shameworthy approach at talking about really tough stuff. (vulgar language included) The idea is that they'll read in the same way a journal does.

Inspiration came from the Writing For Healing Workshops I created and if I fund a surplus of funds after this kickstarter (which I highly doubt will happen) they'd be used to go directly to the workshops. I am hoping that in the 4th book release of this series I can highlight relatable stories of the people I've helped through the workshops I've created. More about said workshops below. 

 Established December 2018 By: Jasmine DeLude

Concept: Teaching people to use basic writing skills & basic therapy skills to heal from trauma and anxiety.

1) Writing skills used: Creative Writing, Poetry, prompted writing, journaling.

2) Therapy skills used: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Radical acceptance, understanding
 emotions and states of the mind, mindfulness and guided meditation.

My mission: To use my gift of writing, and healing skills to acknowledge, and help others heal. To encourage and motivate people to take charge of their trauma in a natural and healthy way.

Background: Jasmine is a survivor of complex trauma including: child abuse, child neglect, sexual assault, bullying, domestic violence (in adult relationships), homelessness, poverty, loss of house, loss of family, loss of child, death & dying, loss of job. Current diagnosis includes: C-PTSD & OCD. Does not have a positive reaction to traditional medications. Does benefit from weekly therapy and skills training. 2+ years weekly training in skills specific to this course. 13+ years working in psychiatry settings as a mental health technician and nurse assistant. 5+ years working in education/special needs children in schools, daycares and as a private home provider. Certified in Mo-Ab and Pro-Act, Adult & child CPR and first aid. Certified first responder for mental health crisis situations by LCMH & the American red cross.

Opening Statement: I first and foremost would like people to know that I am not a doctor, or a teacher, I am just a normal woman with a sad history, a dream, and a gift to share with my peers. These workshops are intended to help encourage and motivate other people with trauma to reach their highest good, to seek any help that they need, and to heal themselves as much as possible. Goals are to strengthen the survivor community by recognizing that in our battles we are not alone, and that by recognizing, and facing our trauma head on, we have the absolute ability to heal from it. This workshop is not intended to teach people how to teach others. But everyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Trigger warnings: These workshops are best for people aged 18+ The material may also be good for children aged 13+ but there are intense trigger warnings due to language and topic matter. Many people share similar traumas, and many people share mental illness. It is important that if you attend these workshops you pay attention to your triggers and how you feel. If at any time you feel uncomfortable it is acceptable to quietly get up and remove yourself from the group discussion. You are free to come back in at any point. If people are being repeatedly triggered, they are welcome to talk with me after the workshop or reach out afterwards. I can not cure your trauma trigger, but I can listen to you, and I may be able to offer you suggestions on how to get further help. If you are having an emergency I will encourage you to call 911 or the crisis hotline. Whenever discussing trauma triggers can happen. Don’t be afraid to protect yourself by leaving the group.

Purpose Statement: I fell in love with writing in the 7th grade, I remember that I had an English teacher who would make the students write in their journals for 15 minutes a day. She always said she didn’t care what we wrote, as long as pen was to paper. In those 15 minutes a day some of my darkest secrets came out. Our teacher would read the journals, but she never made me feel uncomfortable, she never called my parents, she never told anyone what was there. What I wrote in my journal was mine. And this is when I began to realize writing was something I was passionate about. In high school and college, I took several creative writing classes, and poetry classes. I wanted to learn as many types of writing as I could. What I learned was that the way I wrote didn’t necessarily matter, grammar and punctuation didn’t matter until I was trying to get something published. What mattered was the way that I wrote, the purpose behind it, and getting everything, I was thinking out on paper. This can sometimes look and feel messy, but you can always go back and revise later. That’s the meat of this class. We’re not going to worry about grammar, or specific words, or political correctness. We’re going to focus on getting everything out.

Over the past couple years, I’ve been working on healing from some of my extensive trauma. I’m not a person who has benefited from traditional medications, and I find herbal remedies, massage, reiki acupuncture etc. sometimes hard to afford, but I had to get through the stuff and heal, by not having willingness to “feel” the trauma I was keeping myself stuck. So, I started writing again, but this time I choose to write in the moments I was the most triggered, most hurting, most angry. That’s when the best material comes out. And over the past few months several people in the community were responding to my writing. People were reading my published blogs and reaching out to me, people were suggesting I teach people how to write. Even my therapist suggested that this is where my heart was. This was my driving force. And so. I started to think about it could I teach people anything about writing? Could I help people? And the answer is yes. And so, the idea was born that I would take all of the skills I have, and I would share them with others and at the very least I would encourage people to see, feel, and heal from their traumas too. Meanwhile, I would be inspiring myself to keep healing, to keep writing, and to keep reaching my goals.

How: On a volunteer/donation basis I will host workshops. These workshops will be 1 hour long each but are best if attended in a series. I suggest 4 weeks. Each week I will come in with an opening prompt or statement or icebreaker, then we will have a guided prompt and discussion for 15-20 minutes. And then we will have time to share and discuss our thoughts, give feedback, share something we’ve written etc. I will accept donations. And the donations will be used to 1) rent spaces to host workshops 2) buy supplies. One of the biggest parts of this dream is to be able to provide supplies to people who attend the workshops. Simply writing one journal entry is not going to heal someone, It’s a work in progress. Yet people suffering trauma and living in venerable populations (where I’d like to host) cannot afford anything extra. I want to be able to provide basic journaling gift packs to people who attend my workshops. AND certain places in the community may let me host for a small fee, at which point I would like to include supplies in those workshops. With the idea being that all of profits donated to workshops will go back into the workshops and. *No one will ever be turned away for inability to make donations* Rather it is my hope that other people and organizations in the community will donate to this cause. 

Thank you so much for your time & consideration towards this cause that is so very close to my heart. I am forever thankful to everyone who is helping me achieve my biggest dream yet. 

Risks and challenges

Unexpected costs: Sometimes things tend to pop up, If this happens It may extend the completion date of rewards, and actual book completion. I'll still be moving forward with the project as I can, but If I have to raise/save more money things might take longer.

Time management: I'm still not completed writing the book, And then I have to send everything to editing, and the publisher. I'm expecting this to be done before the end of the year, However if my time management is off this could take longer than expected.

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