Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Little Spark

My book! Preorder signed copies here.
I could go on and on about my super-secret little project that is no longer secret (and wasn't really so little after all). I wrote a book last fall. I did that largely in my tree fort, on a laptop. And I think, I mean I truly believe, that it rocks. It isn't quite done. I mean–I'm done. But it is now in the loving hands of a very talented graphic designer over at Stash Books/C&T Publishing named Kristy. Kristy is the graphic designer of my soul. She is making sheer magic out of my words and the inspiring images I collected from my talented friends around the globe.
And THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I mean, I should say, it may change your life, if you let it. Actually, the book will have, in the end, very little to do with you altering the course of your life and stepping into a passionate, creative life–no matter if you want to quilt, sew, belly dance, bake cakes or paint watercolor still-life paintings by the seashore, listening to the tinkling sound of wind chimes made from seashells dipped in resin. All the tools you need are inside the book, but you'll do the digging, the playing and the exercises. You'll be inspired to dive in and make a mess. You'll start your own bonfire. You see, my book, The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity, will be your road map. It is an interactive workbook filled with questions that only YOU can answer. And when you do, you will come alive to the part of yourself that may have been sleeping for a few will remember the tiny creative spark you were born with and what you want to do with it. But, The Spark is already lit within you, like a pilot light. It never goes out. It is sitting there, at the center of who you are, waiting for you to turn on the stove.
So anyway, my publisher is almost done producing my book. And then they'll print it in a distant land on printing presses run by gnomes and fairies–each letter hand-carved from bamboo. (Nkay, not really.) And then the books will fly on the backs of winged horses to a store near you in November. (I mean, I think they may actually be crated and shipped on huge faceless ships in big sad, steel boxes, but where's the magic in that?) In fact, if you are a store owner, ah hem, so glad you've read this email because now's your chance to order the book on page 30 in the C&T Publishing Fall 2014 catalog right HERE.
I want this book to be found, to be bought, used, read, dog-earerd, lost, found again, colored-in, cried over, shared and spread from mountaintop to mountaintop, in great waves of love. Because I think it will help people..and that is the spirit I held in my heart as I wrote each chapter. My North star was LOVE. My goal, as I wrote, was to help people see their own beautiful creativity–the creativity they were born with and are still in complete possession of–even if they have forgotten.
In the meantime, you can go and preorder your very own signed copy (and save the date for my book launch party/reading/signing on December 2) at my favorite local indie bookstore, Changing Hands Books, right here. They will ship everywhere! You can also go find your local indie bookstore at and go tell them to stock my book :) or you can preorder it on Amazon.
Please forward this post to your favorite local shops so they can go order itThis book is perfect for ANY kind of shop: quilting, sewing, craft, art, yoga studio, museum store, Market Bistro, gift shops, foodie food huts, boutiques, bead stores, lovely gardening shops, pottery studios and stationery stores. Also, I have a weird fantasy of this book selling in airport bookstores.
Lots of love and gratitude, 
Carrie Bloomston 
This is me seeing my book in their catalog for the first time at Quilt Market. I cried! I wasn't expecting to see it. Good surprise.


Kristy said...
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Cheryl Arkison said...

How exciting! Congratulations. And something about my next book makes so much sense now, but that's a story for over a beer at Market.