a small update on pre-orders for Wandering Wonderful

Just a quick update to let those of you who have pre-ordered Wandering Wonderful know that the publisher has indicated there are delays with printing. I don’t have an exact print and ship date at this time, but am informed that the printer needs a couple of weeks.

I am hoping (because I am very anxious to finally hold this chapbook in my hands) that we will see copies ship out by the end of the month.

My eternal thanks for your patience and understanding. I am told that I will receive an email when copies begin to ship. I’ll post a quick follow-up at that time.

– Sarah

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Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Friday marked the end of the pre-sales period and I received the final sales update from the publisher just this morning. Everyone who purchased a copy by the pre-order period end date had their name plugged into an Excel worksheet and a number attributed to their name. Using Excel’s super fun RANDOMBETWEEN function, one name was selected as the recipient of the book’s cover art printed to a 20″ x 30″ canvas.

I am very pleased to announce that the winner is none other than Betty Hayes Albright! Betty is a wonderful poet who blogs over at Seasonings. If you’re not familiar with her work, I highly recommend popping over to her blog. Congratulations, Betty! Your art print will be on its way to you sometime this week.

A very sincere thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past 10 years of writing this poetry blog.

With much love and gratitude,
Sarah

Chapbook Release Giveaway Update – 10 Days Left!

Just a quick post this morning to say thank you! to everyone who has jumped in and pre-ordered my newest chapbook, Wandering Wonderful. Pre-orders have an immense impact during the pre-sales period since this will help to determine the press run (number of copies to be printed) in May. So again, thank you! I am truly blessed.

This brings me to the giveaway update! I wanted to share an actual photo of the cover art printed to canvas, which will be sent to one wonderful reader. Anyone who pre-orders a copy of the book by March 22nd either via Finishing Line Press, or directly through me will qualify. One name will be randomly selected once I receive the final pre-sales update from the publisher.

With much gratitude,
Sarah

Wandering Wonderful Pre-Orders and a Giveaway!

In celebration of the publication of Wandering Wonderful, I’ve decided to offer a chance to win a 20″ x 30″ canvas print of the cover art shown above (sans title, etc.) to one lucky person.

How to enter? Simply pre-order a copy of the book by March 22nd via Finishing Line Press.

If you prefer to mail order, you can send a check or money order to: Finishing Line Press, PO Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40325. The cost of the book is $14.99 + $2.99 for shipping. (Note that mail orders take longer to process than online orders.)

If you would like an autographed copy of the book, I can accept payments via PayPal (see my Available Books page). Include a message that you are pre-ordering Wandering Wonderful for inscription. The book will then be shipped to me for signing, and forwarded on to you at no additional shipping cost.

Finishing Line Press provides me with periodic sales updates and names will be drawn after the last sales update of the pre-order period end date. If you have already pre-ordered a copy of the book, never fear! Your name will also be entered into the drawing.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. It’s because of wonderful readers and fellow writers like you that this blog has been in action for over 10 years.

With much love and respect,
Sarah

Celebrating!

Five years ago today, one tiny little poem marked the beginning of ebbtide. Five years! Am I celebrating? Hell yes!

I am so grateful for the countless ways in which this little space on the internet has helped me – as an emotional outlet, a sounding board, a source of writerly camaraderie, and a place to celebrate beauty. There has been a (much-needed) sort of inner awakening in my life since I began this writing journey, and so many people have touched me through this medium that I can only hope I’ve been able to do a little of the same for others. So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for five wonderful years!

Peace,
Sarah

No Direction But Home – Book Release!

If you’ve been with me for any length of time, you’ll know that one of the main reasons I began this blog was to rediscover my creative side – something I felt I had lost along the way. It’s been a journey. And as with any journey, sometimes you end up in a rather unexpected place. It’s all just part of the adventure, my friends.

Here’s where my journey has led me… the publication of my very first chapbook, No Direction But Home via ALL CAPS PUBLISHING.

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I am two parts terrified, and two parts proud – but entirely ready for the adventure. No Direction But Home can be purchased here (or by clicking the picture above).

Want a signed copy? Use the Paypal button I’ve set up below – eventually I will add a page to the blog with access to this option as well. (Be sure to indicate who you would like it inscribed to!)

Also, go and check out ALL CAPS PUBLISHING – there are some fabulous authors ready for you to read and more on the way!

Thank you! thank you! thank you! to all of you for the support you’ve shown me over the past 4 1/2 years. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t in part for your kindness.

And a special thank you to Marian, who thought I was worthy.

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On Substance

I commented a little while ago on another blog about substance and the lack thereof on the internet. Sometimes the inanity is just frustrating beyond anything. But there are these little oases – islands of refuge – that offer up something weightier than the day-to-day fluff we’re often assailed by. These are the places I find myself returning to again and again. They’ve come to be a bit like morning coffee to me (and anyone who knows me, knows how important that is) – they’re pick-me-ups and reminders of what’s beautiful in the world – and they’ve become something I look forward to.

So when Carolyn at Dreamphemera listed my blog as one she considers to be of substance, I was deeply honored. I don’t normally partake in blog awards though they have been offered in the past. Mostly because I don’t feel like they “add” anything to what I offer. But Carolyn wrote of my blog with such thought and it was such a gracefully delivered compliment, that this is one award I don’t feel like I can bypass and in order to give her proper thanks, I’ll take a leap here and participate.

So here it is:

To accept properly, I need to thank the person who decided I was worthy of this, pass it on to others, and sum up my blogging philosophy in 5 words.

I’ve already thanked Carolyn, but thank you once again. Yours is one of those little oases I mentioned earlier that I go back to again and again.

There are several blogs that I read – most are poets, all are artists in some form or other, and all offer me something of substance which is what keeps me returning. All of them deserve to be recognized for contributing something meaningful. That would make this long post (for me) even longer. So I’m singling out the two that most often make me go “oh!”

First, to Dhyan at Utopian Fragments who has such a uniquely beautiful view of the world. Dhyan seems to me to have the soul of a natural born musician who plucks his words from the air like finely tuned strings. He is world-concious and word savvy and his work practically breathes on its own.

Second, to slpmartin. I don’t know where to begin to describe his work. He too is world-conscious with a sharp eye and a sharper pen for injustice. His work is always thought-provoking and sharply insightful and there are times that his deftly written twists have been like a smack on the back of the head. His writing has a way of reminding me that the world is so much larger than myself.

On to my blogging philosophy, which is something I’ve never given much consideration. I began this blog as a way to regain a part of myself I’d thought long lost. I’d basically given up the “artsier” pieces of myself, being more comfortable hiding myself away in the trenches of everyday life. I’m shy by nature. And my writing and my music are both deeply personal things. They are both such intimate parts of me that to put them out in the world for all to see, hear, and (gasp) criticize is a small act of bravery for me. I think that taking this step has allowed my work to evolve somewhat and has given me a much needed outlet in addition to the feeling that I’ve regained a piece of myself in the process.

So here are my 5 words: Bravery, Grace, Self-Discovery, Growth, and Spirit. These are the 5 words that come to mind when I consider my writing, what it means to me, what I try to infuse into it, and what I hope some can take from it. They are the words I try, but sometimes fail, to live my life by. But they are something to aspire to and something that I can apply to at least one area of my life – my writing.

I’ll end this super-lengthy post with this little tidbit. There’s a song by Katie Melua that says “beauty need only be a whisper.” And it’s true. If once a day you can find something beautiful and really stop and reflect for a moment upon it, no matter how small that thing may be, your day and your spirit are the better for it. And often that thing of beauty is found in the writings of those I read here.