Secret Midnight Press & My poetry book

hello, little sparkle.

i want to start this week’s post by saying, ‘thank you.’

thank you for taking the time to read my words today, and if you’ve been around here for a bit, thank you for your encouragement and your presence. i can feel it, and it gives my little heart strength to keep going. 

a couple of days ago, a dear friend of mine (jesse cale) and i launched 

if you follow me on any form of social media, there’s a good chance you’ve seen me post quite a bit about it, but I’d love to let you in on some behind-the-scenes of how this all came to life. 

let’s start at the beginning.

i learned to read at a very young age and was obsessed with books as a toddler. i’ve been drawn to literature my entire life, and over the years i developed my love for writing. 

little kisses on the cheek stand out over the years - like winning a writing award in 5th grade, and then again just before graduating high school, and then once more just before graduating college. 

i’ve had an overwhelming amount of encouragement through the years as well from friends, family, classmates, lovelies online, and the list goes on. 

with all of these kind words swirling around in my head, i finally had the courage to begin writing a book of poems nearly two years ago. i’ve been slowly adding and editing and knitting these words together to create something warm for you to hold during the cold nights.

these poems aren’t all rays of sunshine, in fact, most of them are not. but they’re real, they’re honest, and hopefully they’ll make you feel a little less alone. 

sometimes the weight of life feels too heavy, and when that happens i write. and the pain dims, even if just slightly. 

it has kept me alive through the darkest times.

our hope is that this website, this community of feelers, can do this for you as well. that it can help you feel strong, brave, and so worth fighting for. 

jesse and i have been friends since we were 12 years old. we bonded through music and art and feeling so many feelings. we were so convinced that no one could ever understand us. we were boiling over with angst, but we always had each other. 

we have stayed friends all these years, constantly encouraging and challenging each other to grow into our sensitive, colorful, lavender-scented, satin skin.

it's not always (rarely) easy to walk through life with the weight of wonder and curiosity and creativity, but knowing that you're not alone makes it possible. we share the weight, we get stronger together. 

our hope is that this grows into something like a life-raft for when you feel like you're drowning. 

we're deep-feelers and we're here for you. please join us.

my book 'smoke signals' is available for pre-order currently on secretmidnightpress.com. all pre-orders will be signed. 

also - please take a look at the new header links on the blog! we'll be touring next year and would love to meet you.

we will be live on facebook thursday, november 17th at 7pm EST reading our poems and chatting with you. 

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  1. The teasing was so worth it i am SO ready to pre-order yours and Jesse's books! and while i love looking back at my old screen shots to read your guys's inspirational poetry or scrolling through your tumbler Ashley, my heart will jump when i finally get to hold a physical copy of your words in my hands. Never stop blessing the world with yours and Jesse's words. You're helping so many. LNFs for life <3

  2. I'm so excited!! :) that's all I keep saying, but there's no other emotion I feel really! I'm pumped to listen and see you guys tomorrow on facebook, and I can't WAIT to read your poems! It's going to be so great to get inside of your heads and have two people I know I can always relate to. You and Jesse are giving me so much hope, and making my dark times a little brighter. Thank you. <3

  3. I cant even begin to tell you how excited I am about this!!!!!! I can't wait to read your (and Jesse's) poems and start this incredible moonlit magic sparkly journey with you guys. You mean more to me than you will ever know. All the love. <3

  4. The nights in Norway are really dark and cold for the time being. So I hope you do not mind that one of your books is going to take the long journey over here. I am so much looking forward to it.
    In case you, as a keen traveller, ever wonder how your book is doing in Norway and wish to check up on it, feel free to come and visit. In a houshold with 4 kids there is always room in our hearts and space for an extra plate around the table. So glad I stumbled upon your page.

  5. I'm so excited about this, I'm super happy for you and jesse, can't wait to read those books.

  6. I can't wait to read these books. I'm so proud of you guys for all of the hard work you've put into this :)

  7. You really have a great collection of poems and it will be a great one for the kids to spend their time. I loved the collection and will buy some of them