I haven’t been very loyal to my blog lately but I’ve been wrapping up things with my debut novel, The Before Now and After Then, which will be released on July 29th by Pen Name Publishing(Go Check them out and see my author page!) I’ve been trying to find other young adult writers to connect with on Twitter and GoodReads and am astonished to find how many of them have decided against having any kind of social media outlet. Being that I’m obsessed with anything social, I can be found on all of it: Facebook(Not my favorite anymore), Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Goodreads, Instagram, LinkedIn(Don’t see the point) and…YouTube. I have to say my favorites are Tumblr and Goodreads, but that’s besides the point.
I’m really sad today. I’ve received several messages about my post yesterday regarding the suicide of a 14 year old boy in my town. After getting home, I sat down in front of my computer and read the messages and watched tribute videos people had made for him on YouTube. I then scrolled through the Facebook R.I.P. page a friend had made for him. The supportive comments were overwhelming, but isn’t this always the case after someone suicides?
Tonight, while watching the news, I saw a story about a local bakery in Indianapolis, 111 Cakery, who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. “As artists, we have to find inspiration to create something special for our clients,” said the owner. “When asked to do a cake for an occasion or with a theme that’s in opposition with our faith? It’s just hard for us. We struggle with that. There is zero hate here. This causes us to do a lot of soul searching. Why are we doing what we do? We want to show the love of Christ. We want to be right with our God, but we also want to show kindness and respect to other people.”
Every day, I am still getting tons of emails and messages regarding the Dear Annie letter I wrote about how my life would be affected by a ban on gay marriage. To date, I think the post has received something close to a million views and has been shared all over the place. It is extremely humbly to write a small, blog post and see it spread it’s wings and fly around the world. I’ve always been a believer that as a writer, once I’ve written something and put it out there, how people interpret it or what they do with it is up to them. That being said, to find out that what I’ve written has impacted someone’s beliefs or actions in a positive way is extremely powerful.
Just wanted to send out a thank you out for all of the support and add some more of my thoughts about gay marriage. Please watch the video below and respond to how gay marriage will affect you! Tell your story! Get it out! The more we’re heard the more change will occur! Tell your story of love! #mystoryoflove (my story of love)
Again, thanks for everything! Share your story below! Share it everywhere and tag it #mystoryoflove
Ohhh…and I’d love if you shared my video too! Thanks!
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As many of you know by now, yesterday I wrote a piece called Dear Annie, This is How Indian’s Gay Marriage Ban Will Affect Me. I woke up, expected to receive 30-40 views. The last time we looked, it had passed the 200,000 mark and was growing minute by minute. We are extremely touched and honored that my little piece about our small lives affected so many people. We have received hundreds of emails, messages, phone calls and texts from people across the country in support of our marriage. We are trying to respond to each message so each person knows how much you warmed our hearts. One message specifically affected us on a deeper level.