because i'm into you, september

September 1—I took this picture because it felt like a jungle outside. Dumb humidity. But yay pretty trees.

September 1—I took this picture because it felt like a jungle outside. Dumb humidity. But yay pretty trees.

September blew in like a workhorse—the air so stalwart you could slice a knife through the humidity. Three days past my release date for Every Shattered Thing, I felt all sorts of possibility before me. And it was so fun those few days watching my books climb the charts and land almost in the three-digits. I nearly reached my goal of selling 500 books [although not in the first week like I tossed out to the sky] and signed with an incredible agent who believes in this story and my writing. 

Then my sister got married, walking down the aisle in our mama's dress, a flower in her hair and butterflies skittering about the lawn. She was beautiful and the whole ceremony I was singing Lumineers in my head [when I wasn't snotting because hi, emotions—welcome. It's been awhile. Like a few minutes]. 

After the wedding, it was a few days in bed thanks to the cold-from-Hades and then packing my bags again for a retreat that healed me in all sorts of unexpected ways. From there, we met with friends who are more like family and spent the weekend talking over Human Care. 

It was a whirlwind, but beautiful. I didn't get much done, but I think my heart needed that—a break of doing and just time and space to listen.

books read ::  

Origin - not my favorite in the series. Entertaining, sure. But not my favorite. ::shrugs:: 

Keeping Her -- a fun read but a lot shorter than I anticipated, even for a novella. 

In This Moment -  a total surprise that is now on my favorites for the year. Indie, well written, authentic—everything I love in a good story.

Vain -  My publicist told me early in the month you need to read Vain. And so I one-clicked it and read it in 24 hours. Fisher Amelie did a fantastic job with this one and I'm so intrigued about her Seven Deadly Sins series. [I'll have a post about book two, Greed, later in October]. 

Thrashing About With God - An incredible memoir. Mandy Steward takes the chaos and messiness of "thrashing" and weaves it perfectly with the coming into one's own. It's not sequential or even necessarily organized, but really there's no other way for her to have spilled her words. Full of a poetry of hope and longing and wonder, the reader is left with a longing to abandon normalcy and spend some time in the wilderness. 

books still reading ::  

Remember how this month kind of blew up all over the place? Well I'm still reading a lot of books because of it. #sorrynotsorry

remembered rapture, bell hooks

Penguins and Golden Calves, Madeleine L'Engle

The True Secret of Writing, Natalie Goldberg

Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey

Book Thief, Marcus Zusack

Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. 

for the love of poetry ::  

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense. 
Lay your shadow on the sundials
and let loose the wind in the fields.

Bid the last fruits to be full;
give them another two more southerly days;
press them to ripeness, and chase
the last sweetness into the heavy wine.

Whoever has no house will not
build one anymore.
Whoever is alone now will remain so
for a long time,
will stay up, read, write long letters,
and wander the avenues, up and down,
restlessly, while the leaves are
blowing.

- Rilke

television ::  

I may have watched the entire second season of Girls within two days. It's fine.  Also? THE VOICE. It's back. 

music :: 

I've started brainstorming with Every Shattered Thing 's companion novella and so with that, I created a playlist I've been listening to a lot. It seems to have worked, because driving down to my sister's bachelorette party the character starting yelling in my head. 

Other than that, I've been listening to tons of my 2013 playlist.  

  on beauty ::

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss - so, my love affair with really good lipstick only started about six months ago. But y'all. This stuff is amazing. It doesn't dry out my lips, it's so easy to apply, and I don't have to worry about those bothersome smudges I get with the super glossy lipstick. One of my favorites for sure.  

Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo - basically, I've never felt my hair softer. I promise you. The first time I used this with the Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner I kept petting myself. Not awkward at all, you know? This is some of the best stuff out there, though. And I've tried a lot of shampoos. I'm kind of obsessed with hair products. It's fine.

Both of these products are from Birchbox—basically one of my favorite things. Use this link if you want to sign up and I'll get some referral points. #wink

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - if you know me, you know my affinity for LUSH products. Like I pretty much want to buy out the entire store when we go for just one thing. It's a problem. [But I mean...a good one.] Ro's Argan is divine. Every time I use it I fall in love with the scent all over again. And it makes my skin feel almost as smooth as my hair with Davines Shampoo  . Win! 

everything else :: 

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  • Seeing my book climb and ALMOST reach the three digits
  • Facebook messages that make me whisper what is my life?  
  • Running around Randall's with Russ and Preston and watching them throw together something magnificent. 
  • Walking through the woods at night and seeing the moon against the blue-dark sky, the clouds cotton-bellied and grey. 
  • Lisa Loeb sing-a-longs
  • Holding my nephew
  • Finding out I'll be an aunt again
  • The surprise gift of new-friends grabbing my knees and hands to pray over [and with] me
  • Looking into the eyes and hugging the necks of behind-the-screen-friends
  • #breadandwine
  • Blackberry gin&tonic with friends
  • Watching the sunrise in the middle of Texas hill country

What about you? What's made your September magnificent?  

:: Linking up with the amazing Leigh Kramer for her What I'm Into posts ::  

Posted on September 30, 2013 and filed under this-here blog.