Autobiography · Writing

Giveaway and Wrap Up

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To wrap up 2015 I’m giving away a signed copy of my book!

To enter, send an email to rubyabrowne[at]gmail.com with your name and address by January 5th.

I’ll select a winner randomly, but everyone who enters will get a handwritten thank you note from yours truly. It’s the best way I can think of closing 2015.

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It’s been a hell of a year, y’all. Though I can’t say I’ll miss it a whole lot, I’m forever grateful for the little community we’ve grown here over the last year. I’m really excited to see what kind of strides we can all make together in 2016. I think it’s going to be one of our best years yet.

I won’t be posting again until January 4th, but when we come back we’re going to have Monday through Friday posts. That’s right. Five posts each week instead of just two. We’re also going to have an exciting new format, including guest posts from writers I love. I can’t wait to share some of their work with you over the next year.

As always, thank you so much for reading, for following, for your love and support. Your kind words and well wishes have gotten me through some of my roughest times this year. I wouldn’t have done it without you.

I’ll see you all in 2016.

Guest Posts · Writing

Guest Posts

"Capilano Suspension Bridge" © Michelle Lee, 2011. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Capilano Suspension Bridge” © Michelle Lee, 2011. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Hi there, readers. In the coming year I’d like to start incorporating guest posts into my blogging schedule. So, would you like to write one? Do you know someone who would?

I’m looking for people who write in all styles on topics like depression, addiction, mental health, relationships, and personal development.

Send questions, ideas, and submissions to rubyabrowne[at]gmail.com.

Writing

Unrailed

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It’s close to a year since my first post on this blog. I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have met so many wonderful people through this endeavor. Thank you so much for taking time out of your lives to read about my life, my struggles, my accomplishments. Your messages, comments, and sharing of my work have had such an impact on my life. Every day I lean on that connection, on your support, love, and validation to continue moving forward. I promise I will work hard to continue to provide the same support and compassion to you over the next year.

To celebrate our anniversary I’m publishing my first book. Unrailed is a collection of fifteen short creative nonficton pieces and six poems. You may recognize many of the pieces from this blog, but they have all been revised and thoroughly edited, each one more haunting and beautiful than before. It’s a powerful collection, a stunning representation of the kind of writing I do and the kind of hard work we all do.

Unrailed will launch on November 3rd and is available for pre-order now. I hope that you take the time to read it and reflect on how far we’ve come together. It’s been a rough year, I know. But we made it through intact. We now have a better understanding of who we are and what we’re capable of.

I couldn’t have done this without your love and support. Both the release of Unrailed and the year in general. You have all taught me so much about vulnerability, about strength, about belief. I hope that this book serves as a valuable reminder that you have the same power I do. That you’re worth the fight.

Thank you for one hell of a year. Onward.