Whoops! My brain goes a million miles an hour that it completely slipped my mind that my first published book, Saudade, turns three years old today.
Edit: It occurred to me I cannot math. I thought it was four years, but it’s been three since the book’s official publish date.
WOW. Three. Years. Old. It’s been that long already.
Saudade holds a special place in my heart. In essence, the book is about mental health – riding the scary and unpredictable rollercoaster of anxiety and depression. The truth behind the words was born from years and years of my experiences navigating through a dark place but eventually finding light in the end.
This past week has been the epitome of undying support, and it ended with a cherry on top this weekend with my family. Since the publishing of Saudade, the support has been amazing, but it wasn’t until my Twitch TV live stream celebration, the celebration at Cork Cafe and the celebration at my aunt house that it all hit me in the feels. I’ve been thankful for everything thus far, but somehow I became speechless—like words couldn’t form in my brain and come out my mouth.
This Fall I spontaneously decided to publish a book of poetry. I’m currently on the self-publishing route at the moment—that way I only have to rely on myself to make things happen and not a major publishing firm to play the “years of waiting game.” I don’t claim to be an expert on publishing whatsoever, I’m literally doing this on my own and sharing my experiences!