I've learned that becoming the brave I'm going to continue to become, is the bravery that you face when you put yourself out there. It's the bravery of standing behind the microphone, the bravery of speaking up, and apparently... the bravery of publishing a book.
Other than a couple people who are probably tired of hearing about it, I've kept this project low key for the past couple of months. Not to gear up for some large announcement, but because I still hadn't come to terms with the reality of it!
But the reality is;
I'M PUBLISHING A BOOK!
Romance with Reality, a poetry collection by Emily E Martin.
I don't have a release date yet. But here's what I can tell you; the book contains 19 poems spanning the past five years, poems such as in the name of theology, a letter to my friends' daughters, as well as a couple never-heard-before pieces. I've had so much fun putting this together. I went at this with the sole purpose of taking the pieces I've poured my heart into, collecting them into one place, and sharing them with the world, starting with the people I care about.
Whether written down or not, I think we all have a list of things we'd like to accomplish in life. One of mine, since I graduated high school, was to write a book. Granted, it wasn't necessarily a poetry book, but a book is a book. And I'm proud to say that I'll have this accomplished before I'm 25. I spent a lot of time seeking out approval before I really put any energy into this. I was secretly hoping that one day someone would say, "Wow! You should publish this!" No one did. Then, I did. I had to stop waiting for someone else to approve of my goal. I'm the one who set it, I'm the one who had to find value in it.
I'll be sure to keep you all updated as far as availability, pricing, etc.
Thanks for reading!