Thank you to all the people who have continued to like and share and retweet! The word is starting to get out, so THANK YOU! This week’s winners of some of the very first ever signed copies of Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion are:

Luralyn Helming

Chelsea Phuangthong 

Seth Sinclair

Kristin Koehler

Holly Anne Wangler


I would love to give you free stuff, so I’m going to keep doing giveaways from now until September 5th when the book releases! If you use one of the hashtags below, it would make it, like, way easier for me. So, do that, please. Or like and share for a chance to win! Next winners will be announced on 8/16/14.

Thank you all again!

#theCaptainisalreadyfamous #CaptainAnna #CTATS




anna_faceCan’t thank everyone enough for all the love since my Friday announcement–everyone who has liked and shared and helped me to get the word out about my book, THANK YOU! It’s truly awesome of you. I’m just so excited for everyone to read it.

But let’s get to the point here FREE BOOKS! Yeah buddy.

So here’s the giveaway details so far…I put everyone’s twitter handles and Facebook names into an Excel sheet (cause I’m a giant nerd and I love Excel). Excel democratically selected my giveaway winners from the last four days!

The first four free signed of Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion are going to…………..

Katie Fitch

Emily Fox

Amy Schrupp

Myisha Chanelle


More giveaways from now until September 5th when the book releases! So, please like and share for a chance to win one of the first 31 signed copies EVER! Which might be, like, I dunno, a collectible someday. 🙂

Dreams, yo.

Thank you all again!

Oh, and P.S. use one of these hashtags to make it way easier for me to give you free stuff:  #theCaptainisalreadyfamous #CaptainAnna

Okay, if you’re still reading this, you’re awesome. Stay tuned.






Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion

It’s finally here!!!

My official announcement and cover reveal!

Coming September 5, 2014 my debut novel . . . 

Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion!


Shot down and stranded with no way home, contagiously exuberant and self-proclaimed “greatest pilot there ever was,” Captain Anna Tomahawk, must fight through a retro-futuristic landscape to save a rebellion, rescue her friends, and—one way or another—finally lead the way out of the desert.

In a wildly fun, steampunk spirit reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia and Watership DownCaptain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion is an adventure filled with talking animals, mechanical wizardry, and barely-believable action, where one eccentric girl is all it takes to prove that anything good is possible and that even a little hope can overcome the longest odds.


“A story that is kryptonite to despair, told so whimsically well that one actually dares to believe it.”

– Phil Long, Author and Founder of Sacrificial Poetry Project

 “Captain Tomahawk does not disappoint. This was the most fun I’ve had reading in years. I found myself wanting the story to go on and on…”

– Neil Downey, Senior Editor, CruPress & Author of The Late Awakening


I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to finally be sharing my book. More than two years in the making, this project has been both the hardest and the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done as a writer.

The good news is that I think you’re going to love it. It’s the happiest thing I’ve ever written.

I mean, just look at that beautiful cover, designed by the talented Olin Kidd.

I’m going to have all kinds of promotions going on for the next 35 days (HOLY COW ONLY 35 DAYS!!!!!!!) so please share this post or head over to Facebook and like & share the announcement for a chance to win a free paperback edition! Daily winners on the giveaways! Help me get the word out!






There’s a 12 year-old girl wearing goggles and waving a gun around!


I haven’t been writing much poetry recently. And frankly, I’m disappointed in myself for that. And I’m sorry that I haven’t had any great one-liners to share, but I do have a good reason—I’m working furiously to finish my first novel.

And now you’re all like, “A novel? That’s so cool! What’s it about?”

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“Push” (5 Years Later)

Today, is a very happy day for me. And a thought-provoking day.

About five years ago, I attended a poetry slam in Vermillion, South Dakota as part of an extra credit assignment for my University-level English class. At that event, I saw a poet named Cody Winger perform his remarkable poem “Faceless.” You should watch that (this recording–the only one I can find–was taken later that year).

I had never seen anything like it.

Cody told the crowd he was living out of a van, on tour doing this thing called “slam poetry” all around the country. He was a part of a team called WordSmoke, him and his whole story inspired me. He was a kind of deep motivation that I didn’t even know I was looking for. He was on this strange adventure using words as a reason to go somewhere new. Do something new. Meet new people. And, perhaps most importantly to me, to move people. To impact their lives.

That night, I went for a three hour walk with my oldest friend Jason. We talked about how we felt different and important, but how we didn’t think anybody expected too much out of us. Sure, our parents wanted us to succeed and find great, Godly women to marry and get good jobs and all of that. But we felt, as Jason phrased to me so well–bigger than those things. I was still learning what it meant to feel bigger than we actually are. I know now, much better than I knew then, that this big feeling is the realist part of the human experience. It’s my soul. It’s Jason’s soul. It’s your soul. It’s our soul. And it is important. More important than accomplishments and accolades, it is, in fact, everything.

After that walk-and-talk with Jason, I went back to my basement apartment, at a house I was sharing with four of my best friends (Jason included) and wrote Push. A poem that has, for all its intents and purposes, done much more than I could have ever imagined.

The next month at the Vermillion poetry slam, to a standing-room-only-crowd crammed into a tiny coffee shop I performed a rather vaguely memorized version of Push. Afterwards I lost count of how many of that crowd stopped me to tell me thank you. That they “needed it.”

The response to that poem, a poem that is really a naive but true message about the importance and value I found (and find) in myself, has changed my life. “Push” has taken on a life of its own (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a poet and I can personify things if I’d darn-well like). It has become, sort of, an anthem for people all around the world that wanted to believe that they too were important and valuable and capable of great things. I still believe that. That people are important and valuable and capable of so much more than anyone is ever going to ask of them.

I believe not only in our capability, but in God’s also, to do something truly great with us.

Today, a video recording that I made of that poem about four years ago surpassed the 100,000 view mark. I think in the current state of the internet it’s easy to take that number for granted. 100,000 isn’t much compared to the millions of views on countless videos. But 100,000 views is the equivalent of over 300 days of solid watch-time. Or better, if I met one person every day for the next 50 years I would only meet a mere, 18,000 people–less than a fifth of those who have viewed my poem and, presumably, been positively impacted by it.

I can’t understand how big that is. I guess, I did have something bigger than me to offer the world after all. Isn’t it incredible the victories that God will give us when we love each other?

If you’ve watched push, here, at the end of a message is where you might expect me to say, “Go get ’em, Tiger!” Or to share some other inspiring and encouraging words. I have none of those today, I just want to say thank you. To anyone who may find this little blog post, to anyone who has watched Push, and in doing-so, pushed me back. Encouraged me back. To those who believe in me and in themselves and in real magic–thank you.

For the next five days, to celebrate the success of “Push” I’m running a giveaway on Amazon.com. Starting at midnight tonight (or early morning August 14th) an eBook version of Oh, Sleepur!  will be available. Push is on page 37.

Thanks again, I love you all.

How about that hair, eh?