Note: I usually don’t post my newsletters in their entirety, but I’m making an exception this month because reasons. Reasons like the new title and cover announcement!
Hello and How Are You?
I’m fine. I’m fine as a frog hare, which is a rare breed of rabbit from the inky marshes of Toadopolis. Frog hares, as I’m sure you know, are famous for their positivity and remarkable sense of wellbeing. Which is where the cliche “fine as a frog hare” comes from.
Speaking of book covers and new book titles…
The Green Ember Sequel is Coming Soon!
Before I shared the new book’s cover or title anywhere else on-line, I wanted to share it with you. Here it is!
I LOVE what Zach has done with the new cover art. It’s excellent. I’m SO EXCITED (and a little nervous) to share this book with you. It’s not the last one, but it’s the next one. I can’t wait to get it into your hands.
Ember Falls is in final edits and the plans for the launch are, as the Brits say, hotting up. We are still aiming/hoping for a Spring hatching (probably late Spring or early Summer, honestly). Do you have any suggestions for how to share the launch with as many people as possible?
We are really excited.
Of All The Events In Life, This Was One Of Them
The above is one of my father’s many maxims. So true. So unhelpful. So subtly magnificent.
I had a fantastic time meeting so many wonderful folks at the Great Homeschool Conventions event in Greenville. There were multiple highlights for me, but probably the top one was finally meeting Read-Aloud Revival mavenSarah Mackenzie in person and getting a chance to thank her for all her incredible support. What a great lady!
I also met Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet, two wise men I admire and am grateful for. They were both kind enough to send people to our booth all weekend. There were the wonderful ladies at The Homegrown Preschooler, Lesli and Kathy, and the “Classical Crowd” of delightful people from Circe and Classical Academic Press, as well as many more new friends.
I made babies cry. I made some adults cry. After some great/exhausting days, I watched my nephew’s last college basketball game and had a wee cry myself.
It was really fun. I loved meeting so many of you and your beautiful kids!
I may be doing more of this in the future. They were kind enough to ask me to consider being a featured speaker at all four events next year. What an honor!
There’s another event in the midwest in a couple of weeks.
Cincinnati, I’m coming your way. March 31-April 2. I hope some of you can stop by to say hello. And tell your friends!
The New Deal
We keep selling lots of books, which must mean you people keep telling your friends about The Green Emberand Black Star. Thank you!
I took this screencap yesterday. Bananas! I’m so delighted to see that this book, in its various forms, continues to connect to readers.
Plus, our new bundles are available now. You can get the paperback bundle for $15 and save some moola. Maybe share it with your friends?
And you can add a t-shirt and get all three for a mere $25.
Things of the Month Things
Book of the Month: John Hendrix’s The Miracle Man. We really loved this. John is an incredible artist.
Music of the Month: Sandra McCracken’s Psalms. On repeat. Balm. For heavy hearts. Lovely.
Movie of the Month: The Secret Word of Arrietty. Really beautiful. Been thinking a lot about animation lately and this was special.
Quotation of the Month: On motherhood, from G. K. Chesterton. Huge.
“I can understand how [mothering] might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about arithmetic, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”
Okay friends, that’s all for now. I’m so grateful for your support and for the many of you who pray for us. I have always wanted to be on your side and it’s a gift that so many of you have made it clear to me that you’re on my side as well. Thank you.
Bear the flame!