An update 


It's hard to believe my last blog post was three months ago, and I'm still working remotely. People are attempting to go back to some kind of normal, but I haven't left my house much.  

These are crazy times we're living in. Not only are we in the middle of this public health crisis, but now, there are protests and riots happening for racial justice. I have posted a few things on Facebook, and I did do a YouTube video explaining why Black Lives Matter, but for the most part, I've been quietly doing things to become a better ally. I started to list those things here, but then I realized I don't need credit for trying to be a good ally.  

What have I been up to? Quite a few things. 

I've been gearing up for the release of my YA 1980s time travel novel, Time After Time, which is being published on August 18th. If you are interested in reading an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review, please email me at sara@saracrawford.net. 

I've been working on my draft of Until the Night Falls, the sequel to my YA vampire novel, Into the Shadows. I'll have some more news about that book coming soon.  

I've actually been playing my acoustic songs, and I even uploaded my acoustic album, Unsent Letters, to YouTube as a well as a video where I discuss the album. And I'm even planning to play an acoustic show in my living room that I will live stream on my Facebook page in August. So stay tuned for more info about that. 

And in other news, all three books in The Muse Chronicles will be available on all book retailers (Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, etc.) in late July. So stay tuned about that as well! 

So that's what's going on with me. I hope you all are doing well and staying safe and healthy.

The light is there if you're looking for it... 

These are scary times we are living in. Business are closed, schools are closed, events are canceled, sports are canceled, those of us who are lucky enough to still be working are working from home. We don't know how long this is going to last. 

So let me tell you what brings me hope and inspires me. 

I love all the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who are on the front lines, working hard every day to help others. I love all the people who are still driving for Uber and Lyft and all the delivery services. The people who are brave enough to put themselves in harm's way so that they can deliver food and other necessary items to others. I love all the people working at grocery stores and pharmacies and gas stations, working hard to help everyone. 

I love all the artists who have offered free art for everyone in this time of quarantine. All the free streaming performances, all the free museum tours, all the films released early, all the free books from authors. 

I love the people making music together outside on their balconies. I love the women doing zumba classes on their front lawns together but still socially distant. 

I love all the churches that are streaming their services, still helping people keep the faith and stay inspired. All the video chats that are happening. The virtual birthday party we had for my dad. 

I love my boyfriend giving me toilet paper and continuing to show me Twin Peaks and reminding me that we're in this together. I love playing games on Marco Polo (a video messaging app) with my friends. I love chatting with my close friend in Washington. (We already have the socially distant friendship down.) I love that my family has a Crawford chat group. I love the group texts with my friends from high school. I love my kitties snuggling with me at night. I love that my co-workers and I all communicate so well. I love that a lot of our clients are doubling down on their marketing efforts while they don't have a lot going on. 

I love how this has made us all come together and help each other. Even if that's not what you see when you turn on the news. 

I have been as guilty as anyone at being on social media and watching the news obsessively and I don't think it's good for anyone's mental health. I think sometimes it's good to turn off the TV, turn off the computer, turn off your phone. Get still and learn how to just be. 

You can use this time to write, to create, to make music, to improve your health, to learn how to cook, to spend time with your family or roommates or whoever you're quarantined with, to cuddle with your pets. Or you can use the time to rest, binge Netflix, meditate, just be. Don't feel like you have to be productive if you just can't. Maybe this is a time for you to reflect and rest. The point is you can use this time for whatever you need to do. 

I know many of you have lost your job. Many of you are scared of contracting the virus, especially if you're in a more vulnerable group of people. Many of you are dealing with mental health issues that make this more difficult. 

Please know that it's okay to ask for help, to ask for reassurance. It's okay to lean on each other even if we have to do so through a phone or computer screen. 

And I just wanted to tell you all that I'm here for you, whatever you need. If anyone wants to talk or video chat or message me, please feel free to. Even if we haven't talked in a long time. If I can help you in any way, I will. 

Even in these uncertain and scary times, there is a lot to be grateful for. And we will get through this. But only because we all came together.

(This was originally posted on my Facebook profile.)

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I hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this chaos!

Because everyone is stuck at home in the middle of this COVID-19 crisis, I have decided to make all of my ebooks free from tomorrow (3/17/20) (starting at midnight) through Saturday (3/21/20). That includes:

When Chloe discovers her favorite fictional vampire, Theodore Dupont, is actually real, she travels to New Orleans to turn to him for help and gets swept up in the New Orleans supernatural community.

"Brilliant first book in a new series" - Amazon Reviewer

"Fast-Paced, Can't Put It Down Action & Romance...Vampire Style!" - Amazon Reviewer

Book 1 in The Muse Chronicles: A teenage musician falls in love with her Muse, a spiritual being who inspires art, even though no one else can see him.

"Subtly Got Under My Skin & Not Leaving Any Time Soon" - Amazon Reviewer

"If you love YA, mythology, and great music, this is the series for you!" - Amazon Reviewer

"Book 2 in The Muse Chronicles

"A beautiful and suspenseful follow-up" - Amazon Reviewer

"Wonderful book....this is a MUST read" - Amazon Reviewer

Book 3 in The Muse Chronicles

"Great wrap-up to a very good series!" - Amazon Reviewer

"I loved picturing the artists having their muse with them, being inspired. It’s a beautiful concept!" - Amazon Reviewer

 

You can also download The Muse Chronicles as a single ebook

 

Or if you feel like starting or enhancing your writing habit...

"I really loved this book. It's easily "digestible" and immediately usable." - Amazon Reviewer

"Great exercises and ideas. Easy to follow." - Amazon Reviewer

 

I know this is a scary time for everyone, but I thought I would at least offer what I could. 

Happy reading everyone!

 

 

 

 

The Last Day of 2019 

My second blog post in two days! What’s happening? 

On the last day of 2019, I can’t help but look back at the previous year.  

On a personal level, this has been both one of the most difficult years I’ve ever experienced and one of the best. I discovered so much about who I am. I also discovered that we never stop growing and learning. I had to overcome so much this year. My world was turned upside down and all of the plans I had for the future were completely destroyed as I learned that you never really can plan for the future. But as I embraced that--as I learned to speak and live my truth and take care of myself--I began to attract positive, uplifting people into my life. I reconnected with old friends and connected with new ones. So many people helped me get through this year, and I am so grateful to all of them. 

In terms of my career, a lot happened. I started a new day job as a Digital Content Strategist for WT Digital Agency, a job I actually love. I published You and the Night, the last book in my Muse Chronicles Trilogy and started a new vampire trilogy with Into the Shadows. I wrote the first play I’ve written in years, Swipe Right, a play about dating apps. (Okay, I’m not technically finished with that one, but almost!) During the last half of the year, I was dealing with so much personal life stuff that it was hard for me to get much writing done, but I’m ready to hit the ground running in 2020.  

I read/saw/listened to/experienced a lot of great art this year. Here are some of my favorites: 

Favorite Book I Read in 2019 - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Favorite Album I Listened to in 2019 - Milo Greene by Milo Greene 

Favorite Film I Watched in 2019 - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Favorite TV Show I Watched in 2019 - Fleabag - Amazon Prime 

Favorite Play I Saw in 2019 - Come From Away 

What about you? How was your 2019? What were your favorite books, albums, plays, TV shows, films?

Favorite Albums of the Decade 

Recently, my little brother put together a list of his favorite albums from the decade. I was inspired to do the same! These are in no particular order. 

 

1. Depression Cherry - Beach House (2015) 

2. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming - M83 (2011) 

3. 1989 - Taylor Swift (2014) 

4. Alvvays - Alvvays (2014) 

5. Absolute Zero - Little Green Cars (2013) 

6. The Lion’s Roar - First AId Kit (2012) 

7. Slowdive - Slowdive (2017) 

8. Love is Dead - CHVRCHES (2018) 

9. In Bloom - Beach House (2012) 

10. Remind Me Tomorrow - Sharon Van Etten (2019) 

11. The North - Stars (2012) 

12. The Rip Tide - Beirut (2011) 

13. The Next Day - David Bowie (2013) 

14. Vulnicura - Bjork (2015) 

15. Singles - Future Islands (2014) 

16. Teen Dream - Beach House (2010) 

17. Penny Sparkle - Blonde Redhead (2010) 

18. Shields - Grizzly Bear (2012) 

19. Waiting for Something to Happen - Veronica Falls (2013) 

20. Floating - Sleep Party People (2014) 

21. Burn Your Fire for No Witness - Angel Olsen (2014) 

22. Dopamine - BORNS (2015) 

23. Every Open Eye - CHVRCHES (2015) 

24. Soft Will - Smith Westerns (2013) 

25. Trouble Will Find Me - The National (2013) 

26. After Laughter - Paramore (2017) 

27. Familiars - The Antlers (2014) 

 

I’m sure I’m forgetting quite a few, but these are just off the top of my head.  

How about you? What were your favorite albums of the decade?

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